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Match Reports

Saturday 27th April 2019   Trafford 3 v 2 Market Drayton Town  


TRAFFORD 3 v 2 Market Drayton Town

Evo Stik NPL West Division

Team: Matt Cooper, Chris Palmer, Joel Amado, Jimmy Moore,

Sam Egerton, Curtis Jones, Jack Dorney, Laurence Taylor, Adam Farrell,

Declan Rydings, Darius Palma.

SUBS: Ross Davidson for Moore (12), Mike Jones for Taylor (78),

Liam Ellis, Danny Caldecott, Mason Mostyn.

TRAFFORD SCORERS: Palma (19, 83), Dorney (42 pen)

MARKET DRAYTON TOWN: Jennings (12 pen), Davies (56)

Jack Dorney

Darius Palma

 Trafford edged a lively encounter at the First Point Shawe View Stadium on Saturday with the blustery conditions playing their part.  It was almost the perfect start for the hosts when a right-wing ball fell to the unmarked Adam Farrell, but he could only scoop the ball over from inside the area.  Trafford were forced into an early change when Jimmy Moore limped off after 4 minutes.  The resultant disruption spurred Market Drayton on and pressure in the box resulted in a penalty for the visitors.  James Jennings stepped up and blasted the ball past Matt Cooper.    

Both teams traded chances, but the wind and rain made it difficult to control the ball.  Trafford were however having success down the left-hand side and in the 19th minute Jack Dorney played the ball to Joel Amado.  His drilled ball was steered into the bottom corner with the deftest of touches by Darius Palma.

Trafford were seeing more of the ball and Farrell and Chris Palmer both had chances to give the home team the advantage.  It was another penalty that gave Trafford the lead, Dorney picking himself up after being fouled to dispatch the spot kick with ease.

Market Drayton came out after the break with purpose, looking hungry for an equaliser.  Harvey Howell had a glorious opportunity in the 51st minute but he shot straight at Cooper.  Trafford became uncharacteristically sloppy in defence and switched off for the inevitable equaliser.  Jordan Davies had acres of space down the left and he cut inside to dispatch the ball across Cooper into the far corner.  

The game then became scrappier in midfield.  The visitors seemed content with the point and were frustrating the hosts in the driving rain.  A flurry of yellow cards typified the play,but the magnificent home support sensed a winner and did their utmost to raise the hosts.  In the 81st minute, Ross Davidson picked the ball up in the centre of the field and drove forwards.  As the defence backed off, he unleashed from 25 yards, but the ball was parried by the keeper and cleared away.  This stirred the Whites and the combination of Amado and Palma combined again down the left to superb effect.  Amado showed his pace as he was released down the line and his driven cross was slotted home by Palma.  

Chris Palmer and Adam Farrell had chances to put the icing on the cake, but neither could find a way past Ash Rawlings in the away goal.  The final whistle signalled the end of the game and brought the curtain down on what was at times an entertaining season.   There were many occasions when the terrific fans were able to give the team a boost and they provided superb support at every opportunity.

There will be a chance for all to celebrate Trafford's season at Shawe View on Saturday 4th May when there will be a Presentation Event in the clubhouse.  Awards for Player of the Year will be up for grabs, as will the opportunity to see the League Cup won earlier in the month.   The clubhouse will be open from 1pm.