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Match Reports

Saturday 10th November 2018   Trafford 1 v 1 Widnes  


TRAFFORD 1 v 1 Widnes

Evo Stik NPL West Division

Team: Matt Cooper, Chris Palmer, Matty Bryan, Sam Heathcote,

Ben Harrison, Keil O'Brien, Declan Rydings, Andy Langford, Aaron Burns,

Liam Ellis, Jack Dorney.

SUBS: Ross Davidson for Harrison (20), Mark Derbyshire for Burns (83),

Darius Palma, for Dorney (83), Mason Mostyn.

TRAFFORD SCORER: Davidson (60)

WIDNES SCORER: Webster (81)

Sam Heathcote

Ross Davidson

Trafford were left to rue missed chances as they were held to a 1-1 draw by a spirited Widnes side at the First Point Shawe View Stadium on Saturday.

After a frenetic start, the first chance fell to Trafford in the 14th minute when an Aaron Burns free kick was brilliantly tipped past the post by Owen Wheeler.

Manager  Tom Baker was forced to make an early change when centre back Ben Harrison withdrew with a muscle injury in the 20th minute, Andy Langford slotting into the back line and substitute Ross Davidson moving into the midfield.

Despite these changes, the hosts continued to dominate and in the 24th minute Jack Dorney struck a sweet half-volley from the edge of the penalty area that cannoned against the crossbar.

Widnes were playing with lots of confidence and determination and in the 33rd minute their dangerman Ben Hodkinson set off on a great run down the left that ended with a shot into the side-netting.

Matty Bryan couldn’t direct his header downwards as Liam Ellis floated a cross in from the left and three minutes into the second half Sam Heathcote went close with a free kick that flew inches wide.

In the 58th minute Jack Dorney was once again denied by the woodwork when his exquisite chip from the left rebounded into play off the back post but two minutes later Trafford were finally rewarded for their superiority when Dorney’s left wing corner was headed home from six yards by the unmarked Ross Davidson.

Liam Ellis should have doubled Trafford’s lead in the 68th minute when a superb run took him past three defenders but he screwed his shot wide from 15 yards.

Widnes were still very much in the game and in the 81st minute they shocked the home supporters with the equaliser, Hodkinson creating the danger out on the left and crossing for substitute George Webster to drive home from 10 yards.

Trafford immediately introduced substitutes Mark Derbyshire and Darius Palma and piled forward in search of the winner.

Widnes keeper Wheeler brilliantly pushed a Derbyshire header past the upright and two minutes into injury time the giant Trafford striker should have done better but mistimed his header from eight yards with the goal at his mercy.

Despite dropping two points, Trafford retained third place in the EvoStik League West Division but face another stern test on Saturday when they travel to old rivals Newcastle Town.