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Match Reports

Monday 22nd April 2019  Atherton Collieries 0 v 0 Trafford  



Atherton Collieries 0 v 0 TRAFFORD

Evo Stik NPL West Division

TEAM: Matt Cooper, James Moore, Joel Amado, Curtis Jones,

Sam Egerton, Keil O'Brien, Laurence Taylor, Ross Davidson,

Adam Farrell, Declan Rydings, Darius Palma.

SUBS: Chris Palmer for Rydings, Mason Fawns, Michael Jones,

Liam Ellis, Danny Caldecott.

Darius Palma

Sam Egerton

Trafford produced another supremely disciplined and composed performance to hold Atherton Collieries to a goal-less draw although the point gained by the hosts meant that they became Champions of the EvoStik League Division One West.

Both defences were on top throughout although Trafford keeper and skipper Matty Cooper had to be alert in the 8th minute when he pushed a Vince Bailey free kick past the post.

Trafford were enjoying plenty of possession but lacked the final killer pass and they had to be grateful to giant centre back Keil O'Brien in the dying seconds of the first half when he cleared brilliantly from Connor Gaul as the Colls winger looked certain to score.

Colls played with slightly more urgency in the opening minutes of the second half with Oliver Roberts striking a free kick straight at Matty Cooper who then made a rare mistake in dropping a cross from the right but thankfully the hosts failed to capitalise.

Chances were at a premium although Ben Hardcastle fired well wide from the edge of the area for Colls and Adam Farrell did likewise for the visitors.

In the 80th minute Trafford wasted a great opportunity to break the deadlock when, in a lightning quick break, Darius Palma sped down the left and crossed invitingly to Laurence Taylor but unfortunately Colls keeper Greg Hartley saved at full length.

Palma then wasted a free kick on the edge of the penalty area before Colls laid siege on the Trafford goal in the closing minutes.

But once again the visitors backline performed heroics to keep their goal intact, blocking numerous close range efforts as they took great pride in another clean sheet and a highly creditable point as Colls were crowned League Champions.

Trafford conclude their season on Saturday when they entertain Market Drayton Town at the First Point Shawe View Stadium, kick off 3 p.m.