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Saturday 10th November 2018 Trafford 1 v 1 Widnes
MISSED CHANCES COST TRAFFORD
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)
Trafford were left to rue missed chances as they were held to a 1-
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-
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-
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.
Saturday 3rd November 2018 Colne 0 -
AWAY WIN MOVES TRAFFORD INTO THIRD PLACE
Colne 0 v 1 TRAFFORD
TEAM: Matt Cooper, Chris Palmer, Matty Bryan, Lee Wilshaw,
Ben Harrison, Sam Heathcote, Declan Rydings, Andy Langford,
Aaron Burns, Liam Ellis, Jack Dorney.
SUBS: Ross Davidson for Ellis (46), Mark Derbyshire for Dorney (65),
Darius Palma for Burns (75), Mason Mostyn.
TRAFFORD SCORER: Harrison (18)
The visitors started strongly with Declan Rydings floating a chip goalwards in the first minute that goalkeeper Hakan Burton held at full stretch.
In the 14th minute Rydings was desperately unlucky not to give Trafford the lead when his diving header following a Chris Palmer cross rattled the crossbar.
Four minutes later, however, Tom Baker's side took a deserved lead when Jack Dorney floated a right wing corner to the near post and on-
Shortly afterwards Harrison carelessly gave the ball away in his own half but Colne dangerman Alex Curran screwed his shot hopelessly wide.
Trafford were comfortably in control with Andy Langford dominating the midfield and the back three of Sam Heathcote, Ben Harrison and Lee Wilshaw providing the platform from which they could mount attack after attack.
And in the 49th minute Aaron Burns should have made it 2-
Jack Dorney cracked a free kick across the face of the Colne goal that Ben Harrison failed to control at the back post and in an attempt to force their way back into the game, the hosts made a triple substitution in the 62nd minute.
However, this move appeared to backfire on Colne when, just minutes later, Jonathan Hodgkinson lunged into a tackle on Davidson but came off second best and was carried off.
For the remainder of the game the ten men of Colne were magnificent, dominating possession and forcing Trafford onto the defensive.
Bradley Knox fired wide from 15 yards and Trafford were defending for their lives.
On several occasions Trafford threatened a second goal on the breakaway but a careless final ball let them down.
And it was with a mixture of relief and elation that the visitors, and their wonderful, vociferous travelling supporters, greeted the final whistle that signalled a tremendous victory that stretches their unbeaten league run to eight games.
On Saturday Trafford will be hoping to make that nine games without defeat when they host Widnes at the First Point Shawe View Stadium, kick off 3 p.m.
Tuesday 30th October 2018 Trafford 0 v 0 Clitheroe (Trafford win 5-
PENALTY SHOOT OUT PUTS TRAFFORD THROUGH
TRAFFORD 0 v 0 Clitheroe (TFC won 5-
Integro League Cup Second Round
TEAM: Matt Cooper, Chris Palmer, Darius Palma, Lee Wilshaw,
Ben Harrison,Keil O'Brien, Laurence Taylor, Ross Davidson, Liam Ellis,
Matty Bryan, Jack Dorney.
SUBS: Sam Heathcote for O'Brien (46), Declan Rydings for Palma (58),
Andy Langford for Dorney (68), Mark Derbyshire.
A cold night saw a modest turnout at the First Point Shawe View Stadium on Tuesday and it took a while for the action to warm up on the pitch. Trafford were forced into a change before kick off with Chris Palmer promoted from the bench to start ahead of Jimmy Moore, who was injured in the warm-
The opening exchanges were cagey, Clitheroe having the best of the action with Harry Cannon-
This seemed to wake Trafford up and Darius Palma missed the opportunity to get on the score sheet. He lost his marker in the box and turned sharply to blast high and wide of the right upright from inside the 6 yard box. In the 40th minute Ross Davidson rose highest to put Liam Ellis through but his scuffed shot was scrambled away by the 'keeper. Trafford ended the half in control, but Kiel O'Brien's shot from a corner in added time was dragged wide.
Trafford were getting plenty of space down the right and Chris Palmer linked well with Declan Rydings to create more chances. However, Cameron Terry was resolute in the Clitheroe goal. Perhaps with the thought of penalties looming, Clitheroe rallied and the hosts had Matt Cooper to thank in the 86th minute when he tipped over a breakaway shot from Josh Gregory. Clitheroe had another chance to win it, but Max Hazeldine struck the corner of the goal frame from 6 yards. Trafford had a last gasp chance of their own on the whistle, but Palmer was unable to finish after being released by Ellis.
The League Cup format dictated that the game went straight to penalties and neither team were willing to concede. All of the first four rounds of spot kicks were converted with confidence, leaving the final kicks to decide the game. Sam Heathcote strode up and despatched his shot into the corner. It was left to Matt Cooper to become the night's hero, diving to his right to keep out Jacob Gregory's effort and win the tie for the hosts.
Tuesday 23rd October 2018 Chasetown 0 v 2 Trafford
COMFORTABLE WIN AWAY FROM HOME
Chasetown 0 v 2 TRAFFORD
Evo Stik NPL West Division
TEAM: Matt Cooper, Declan Rydings, Darius Palma, Lee Wilshaw,
Ben Harrison, Keil O'Brien, Andy Langford, Ross Davidson, Aaron Burns,
Liam Ellis, Jack Dorney.
SUBS: Matty Bryan for Palma (67), Laurence Taylor for Harrison (71),
Danny Wilkins for Burns (77), Mark Derbyshire, Sam Heatahcote.
TRAFFORD SCORERS: Dorney (10), Burns (49)
Trafford totally outplayed struggling Midland outfit Chasetown on Tuesday night to secure a comfortable 2-
Playing with great spirit and energy throughout, Tom Baker's side took the lead after just ten minutes when Aaron Burns bravely challenged for a long pass downfield and the ball fell to Jack Dorney who side-
Trafford appealed in vain for a penalty when Spencer Gunnell appeared to catch Burns with a reckless challenge and home goalkeeper Curtis Pond saved at the foot of the post to deny Liam Ellis.
Visiting keeper Matt Cooper had to wait until the 40th minute before he was called upon to make a save, Jake Lovatt firing in an angled snapshot from 18 yards that Cooper parried.
Liam Ellis screwed a shot wide from the edge of the penalty area just before the interval but made amends four minutes into the second half when he released Aaron Burns down the middle and the deadly striker netted at the second attempt to make it 2-
The remainder of the game belonged entirely to Trafford as they retained possession with ease and made Chasetown chase shadows.
But despite being in total control they failed to add to their goal tally and had to settle for a 2-
Trafford are without a game on Saturday but entertain Clitheroe on Tuesday at the First Point Shawe View Stadium for an Integro League Cup Second Round Tie kicking off at 7-
Saturday 20th October 2018 Trafford 0 v 0 Colwyn Bay
TRAFFORD'S WINNING RUN ENDS
TRAFFORD 0 v 0 Colwyn Bay
Evo Stik NPL West Division
TEAM: Matt Cooper, Ross Davidson, Darius Palma, Jimmy Moore,
Sam Heathcote, Keil O'Brien, Jack Dorney, Andy Langford, Aaron Burns,
Liam Ellis, Matty Bryan.
SUBS: Laurence Taylor for Bryan (36), Mark Derbyshire for O'Brien (66),
Declan Rydings for Dorney (77), Danny Wilkins, Lee Wilshaw.
Trafford’s five match winning streak in the league came to an end on Saturday when they were held to a frustrating goal-
Defences were on top in a disappointing first half in which ex-
Coughlin pushed a low drive from 20 yards by Burns past his left hand upright and Burns then just failed to connect with a Laurence Taylor cross.
The final twenty minutes belonged entirely to Trafford as they mounted attack after attack and after Jack Dorney wasted a free kick from a great position, an amazing goalmouth scramble saw Burns, Mark Derbyshire and Liam Ellis all having close range efforts blocked by the heroic Bay defence.
Ross Davidson headed a Declan Rydings cross over the bar, Laurence Taylor blasted over from 30 yards and then Liam Ellis fired across the face of the Bay goal as Trafford desperately sought an opening.
However, it was not to be and two minutes into injury time Bay could have snatched all three points when Lassana Mendes gained control just eight yards out but was denied by a brilliant save by Matt Cooper.
Trafford will be hoping to get back to winning ways on Tuesday night when they travel to Chasetown for an EvoStik West Division fixture kicking off at 7-
Saturday 13th October 2018 Trafford 1 v 2 Ramsbottom Utd (FA Trophy)
TRAFFORD EXIT THE FA TROPHY
TRAFFORD 1 v 2 Ramsbottom United
FA Trophy Preliminary Round
TEAM: Matt Cooper, Ally Brown, Chris Palmer, Jimmy Moore,
Sam Heathcote, Keil O'Brien, Jack Dorney, Andy Langford,
Aaron Burns, Declan Rydings, Matty Bryan.
SUBS: Ross Davidson for Ally Brown (46), Mark Derbyshire for O'Brien (60), Laurence Taylor for Langford (78), Lee Wilshaw, Mason Mostyn
TRAFFORD SCORER: Burns (3)
RAMSBOTTOM UTD SCORERS: Rodney (29), Kennedy (51)
Despite the gale force conditions, both teams defied the elements to produce some excellent football with the visitors coming from behind to reach the First Qualifying Round of the FA Trophy.
Trafford made the perfect start when, after just three minutes, Jimmy Moore released Aaron Burns who outpaced the Rammy defence and slotted the ball past the advancing Sam Ashton.
Play swung from end to end and Trafford had a miraculous escape in the 27th minute whenKeil O’Brien misdirected a back pass, Nick Evangelinos fed Eddie Moran, but with a goal appearing certain Matt Cooper saved the day with a fine block.
However, just two minutes later Rammy atoned for that miss with the equaliser when the ball was flighted in from the left and Nialle Rodney rose to head in unmarked at the back post.
There were few chances for the remainder of the first half with Trafford centre back Sam Heathcote coming the closest with a free kick from 20 yards that flew inches wide.
Six minutes into the second half Rammy were awarded a free kick on the edge of the Trafford penalty area and Tom Kennedy completely deceived goalkeeper Matt Cooper when he clipped the ball over the wall and into the bottom right hand corner to put the visitors ahead.
Two minutes later Cooper saved brilliantly to push a Nialle Rodney free kick to safety whilst at the other end Aaron Burns headed a Ross Davidson cross just wide.
Kyle Jacobs struck a thunderbolt from 30 yards just over as Rammy sought a third but the final twenty minutes belonged entirely to Trafford as they lay siege on the Ramsbottom goal.
Rammy defended brilliantly as the hosts won corner after corner and in the 81st minute Aaron Burns was desperately unfortunate not to level when he glanced a Chris Palmer cross inches past the upright.
Sam Ashton then tipped a cross cum shot by Burns over the crossbar and in the dying seconds Mark Derbyshire released Burns but the leading goalscorer blasted over.
Despite giving their all, Trafford were unable to snatch an equaliser and their attention now turns to next Saturday’s league encounter with Colwyn Bay at the First Point Shawe View Stadium, kick off 3 p.m.
Tuesday 9th October 2018 Trafford 4 v 0 Maine Road (M/c Premier Cup)
TRAFFORD 4 v 0 Maine Road
Manchester Premier Cup
TEAM: Mason Mostyn, Chris Palmer, Darius Palma, Andy Langford,
Sam Heathcote, Lee Wilshaw, Declan Rydings, Ross Davidson,
Mark Derbyshire, Liam Ellis, Joe Thompson.
SUBS: Jack Dorney for Langford (63), Laurence Taylor for Heathcote (63),
Luke Gibson for Davidson (63), Aaron Burns, Matt Cooper.
TRAFFORD SCORERS: Ellis (9 pen, 17, 24), Dorney (77)
A stunning fifteen minutes hat-
Despite making nine changes to the team that had performed so admirably at Clitheroe on Saturday, the hosts were on top throughout and forged ahead in the 9th minute when Ellis burst through down the left and was hacked to the ground by Will Aldred. The big striker picked himself up and coolly placed the resultant penalty into the bottom corner past Alex Fowell.
In the 17th minute Ellis doubled Trafford’s lead when he flighted an exquisite chip from the right over Fowell and into the goal via the underside of the crossbar, and he completed his hat-
A long range drive by Christy O’Brien landed on the roof of the net in a rare Maine Road attack and on the stroke of half-
The procession continued throughout the second half with Darius Palma making numerous forays down the left flank and substitute Mark Derbyshire was twice denied from point blank range by the heroic Fowell.
However, in the 77th minute Jack Dorney struck a magnificent curling drive into the top corner from 25 yards for Trafford’s fourth and the hosts were denied a penalty shortly afterwards when Fowell clumsily upended Ellis but the referee amazingly awarded a corner.
Mark Derbyshire squandered another gilt edged chance when he cut in brilliantly from the right but shot weakly at the goalkeeper and the game came to a close with Trafford delighted with a fifth victory in succession.
On Saturday, they will be hoping to extend their winning sequence to six games when they entertain Ramsbottom United in the Second Round of the FA Trophy and then on Tuesday night they host Leek Town in an EvoStik West Division fixture kicking off at 7-
Saturday 6th October 2018 Clitheroe 1 v 2 Trafford
TRAFFORD MOVE UP TO FIFTH PLACE
Clitheroe 1 v 2 TRAFFORD
Evo Stik NPL West Division
TEAM: Matt Cooper, Ally Brown, Matty Bryan, James Moore,
Sam Heathcote, Keil O'Brien, Jack Dorney, Laurence Taylor, Aaron Burns,
Liam Ellis, Sanny Wilkins.
SUBS: Andy Langford for Wilkins (46), Ross Davidson for Dorney (61),
Mark Derbyshire for Burns (76), Declan Rydings, Darius Palma.
CLITHEROE SCORER: Boyd (45)
TRAFFORD SCORERS: Burns (52), Davidson (86)
Trafford moved up to fifth place in the EvoStik League West Division following their superb 2-
The visitors were in the ascendancy from the start with Aaron Burns going close with a header in the 6th minute and then rounding off a great move between Danny Wilkins and Ally Brown with a low drive that was pushed behind by Cameron Terry.
Clitheroe’s first attempt on goal didn’t arrive until the 26th minute when a long range effort by Josh Gregory flew just wide.
Three minutes later Trafford centre back Jimmy Moore was desperately unlucky to see his goal-
Clitheroe midfielder Josh Gregoryglanced a header wide following a free kick from the right but three minutes into injury time disaster struck for the visitors when Jack Dorney was caught in possession and the ball fell kindly to James Boyd who netted from 10 yards to give Clitheroe the lead right against the run of play.
Trafford came out for the second half with all guns blazing and were back on level terms in the 52nd minute when a great cross by Jimmy Moore from the right was met by a diving header by Aaron Burns that flew past Terry.
Tom Baker’s side poured forward in search of the winner and Laurence Taylor should have done better when he failed to connect properly with a cut-
The visitors won corner after corner but the Clitheroe defence, superbly marshalled by captain Jay Jeffries, withstood the barrage and appeared to be heading for a point.
However, in the 86th minute Trafford substitute Ross Davidson collected the ball in midfield, strode forward and unleashed a stunning drive from 25 yards that rocketed into the top corner past the helpless Terry.
Sam Heathcote and Liam Ellis had opportunities to make it three in the dying seconds but the final whistle signalled a magnificent victory for the Trafford side and their wonderful supporters who had sung their hearts out throughout.
Tuesday 2nd October 2018 Trafford 2 v 0 Kendal Town
BAKERS BOYS MOVE INTO LEADING GROUP
TRAFFORD 2 v 0 Kendal Town
Evo Stik NPL West Division
TEAM: James Coates, Ally Brown, Darius Palma, Jimmy Moore,
Sam Heathcote, Keil O'Brien, Jack Dorney, Ross Davidson, Aaron Burns,
Liam Ellis, Matty Bryan.
SUBS: Laurence Taylor for Davidson (62), Declan Rydings for Palma (66),
Mark Derbyshire for Ellis (66), Chris Palmer, Lee Wilshaw.
TRAFFORD SCORERS: Derbyshire (81), Burns (90 pen)
Trafford moved to within just four points of league leaders Runcorn Linnets with a hard fought victory over a spirited Kendal Town side on Tuesday night.
Neither goalkeeper was troubled in a disappointing first half in which both teams showed lots of honest endeavour and attacking intent but lacked goalmouth action.
And it wasn't until the 50th minute that a chance of any note was created when Kendal only half cleared a free kick form the right and Matty Bryan volleyed just wide from the edge of the penalty area.
The visitors were threatening to get on top when, just after the hour mark, Trafford manager Tom Baker introduced substitutes Laurence Taylor, Mark Derbyshire and Declan Rydings to the fray.
Trafford were now in the ascendancy and in the 79th minute a great drive from 30 yards by Sam Heathcote was parried by Stuart Dixon with Matty Bryan blasting the rebound well over.
Two minutes later, however, the deadlock was broken when Jack Dorney cut in from the right and fed Mark Derbyshire who coolly netted inside the far post from 15 yards.
Backed once again by their magnificent supporters Trafford pushed forward in search of further goals and in the 90th minute Sam Heathcote released Aaron Burns who was bundled to the ground by Danny McGahon. The Kendal full back was shown the red card and Burns sealed the points when he slotted the resultant penalty past Dixon and into the bottom corner.
Trafford will be hoping to close the gap on the league leaders on Saturday when they travel to Clitheroe before entertaining Maine Road in the First Round of the Manchester Premier Cup on Tuesday night, kick off 7-
Saturday 29th September 2018 Trafford 2 v 1 Colne (FA Trophy)
TOP SECOND HALF PERFORMANCE TAKES TRAFFORD THROUGH
TRAFFORD 2 v 1 Colne
Saturday 29th September 2018
Team: Matt Cooper, Chris Palmer, Darius Palma, Jimmy Moore,
Sam Heathcote, Keil O'Brien, Laurence Taylor, Andy Langford,
Joe Thompson, Danny Wilkins, Matty Bryan.
SUBS: Ally Brown for Palmer (46), Aaron Burns for Thompson (46),
Declan Rydings for Matty Bryan (79), Jack Dorney, Ross Davidson.
TRAFFORD SCORERS: Burns (60), Wilkins (73)
COLNE SCORER: Azam (88)
Trafford turned on the power in the second half to battle through to the Preliminary Round of the FA Trophy at the expense of an impressive Colne outfit.
The visitors were on top in the early stages with WaqasAzam causing problems on the right and in the 7th minute his cross was met by a Bradley Lynch header that Matt Cooper tipped over.
Alex Curran struck an angled volley over as Trafford struggled to play with their usual rhythm and composure but in the 33rd minute they squandered two great chances to take the lead when Danny Wilkins close range effort was parried by Colne keeper Hakan Burton and Darius Palma struck the rebound against a visiting defender.
Oliver Wood completely miskicked from six yards as Colne finished the first half strongly and the hosts survived an almighty goalmouth scramble on the stroke of half-
Home manager Tom Baker introduced substitutes Ally Brown and Aaron Burns to the fray for the second half and this appeared to galvanise the Trafford side, midfielder Laurence Taylor pulling the strings with an impressive display alongside the industrious Andy Langford.
In the 59th minute a Burns cross was met by a Matty Bryan header that was deflected over but within a minute Trafford were ahead when Sam Heathcote’s beautifully flighted cross to the back post was nodded past Burton by the menacing Burns.
Trafford were now firmly in control and in the 73rd minute Danny Wilkins made it two when he tapped in at the back post after a great run and cross by Bryan down the left.
Heathcote curled a 30 yard drive just over and Declan Rydings should have made it 3-
To their credit, Colne were still not finished and in the 88th minute their star man WaqasAzam gained control just outside the Trafford penalty area and struck a fine low drive into the bottom corner past the despairing Cooper.
However, this proved to be just a consolation goal as Trafford held on comfortably to their lead and now face a Preliminary Round home tie against Ramsbottom United on Saturday 13th October.
Trafford return to league action on Tuesday night when they entertain Kendal Town at the First Point Shawe View Stadium, kick off 7-