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Match Reports

Saturday 17th February 2018    Droylsden  1 v 1  Trafford


Droylsden 1 v 1 TRAFFORD     

TEAM: Grant Shenton, Declan Rydings, Lee Neville, Andy Langford,

Steve Mason, Keil O’Brien, Laurence Taylor, Scott Sephton, Aaron Burns,

Dominic McHale, Sean Miller.

SUBS: Danny Frost for Miller (62), Jack Dorney for Taylor (77),

Mark Derbyshire, Darius Palma, Sean Yeldrem.

DROYLSDEN SCORER: Mason (34 own goal)

TRAFFORD SCORER: Burns (74 pen)

Aaron Burns

Andy Langford

It was honours even as Droylsden and Trafford produced some scintillating football to defy the conditions at the Butcher’s Arms on Saturday.

The pitch had passed inspection on the morning of the game but nevertheless was extremely heavy and not really conducive to the passing game favoured by both teams.

But both sides attacked from the outset and after just two minutes a great cross from the left by Trafford striker Aaron Burns was half-volleyed over by Dominic McHale from 10 yards.

Bloods’s midfielder Danny Ventre then rifled a drive from 25 yards that was held by Grant Shenton before McHale struck an audacious chip from 40 yards that rebounded into play off the right hand post.

Shenton pushed a snapshot from Liam Caddick past the upright before the impressive McHale cut in from the right but fired into the side-netting.

Droylsden striker Sefton Gonzalez stepped past Keil O’Brien but shot past the far post as the end-to-end action continued with the best chance falling to Trafford’s on-loan forward Sean Miller who broke clear in the 29th minute but hesitated as was thwarted by a superb last ditch tackle by Jacques Kpohomouh.

Disaster struck for the visitors five minutes later when a cross came in from the left and Steve Mason headed past Grant Shenton for a desperately unfortunate own goal.

Trafford were undaunted by this setback and pushed forward in search of the equaliser, McHale twice going close and Declan Rydings screwing his shot past the far post after a slick five man move.

The second half began in a similar vein to the first with both teams totally committed to attack and in the 47th minute Scott Sephton shot inches wide from 15 yards.

At the other end Grant Shenton saved a Liam Caddick drive from the edge of the penalty area and Danny Ventre drove wastefully wide from 15 yards.

Trafford introduced substitute Danny Frost in place of the tiring Sean Miller and he immediately made his presence felt with a low shot from 18 yards that was held at full length by Richie Branagan.

Andy Langford saw his volley deflected behind as the visitors pushed forward but in the 72nd minute Ventre almost made it 2-0 when he failed to connect properly with a cross from the right and Shenton gathered.

Sixty seconds later Trafford were rewarded for their enterprise when Danny Frost flicked the ball inside, Droylsden centre back Domaine Rouse handled, and Aaron Burns stepped forward to coolly slam the resultant penalty past Branagan.

Frost shot agonisingly wide from 10 yards as Trafford pushed for the winner but a thoroughly entertaining game came to a close with the teams deadlocked at 1-1.