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TWO MORE POINTS DROPPED AT HOME !
TRAFFORD  2 v 2  Kendal Town
Saturday 8th April 2017
TEAM: Terry Smith, Ally Brown, Lee Neville, Anthony Griffith, Ryan Ellison,
Josh Granite, Kinglsey Williams, Luke Horrocks, Aaron Burns, Andy Keogh,
Craig Lindfield.

SUBS: Andy Langford for Williams (61), Ashley Woods for Burns (67),
Jack Dorney for Keogh (74), Liam Brownhill, Mark Derbyshire.

TRAFFORD SCORERS: Keogh (19), Burns (61),
KENDAL TOWN SCORERS: Dudley (86), Freeland (90)

Trafford conceded two late goals at home on Saturday to severely dent their play-off hopes in front of nearly 300 fans at a gloriously sunny Shawe View.  The visitors did not seem to present any worthy challenge in the first half and Tom Baker will be questioning his team’s mental ability after failing to close out the game from a comfortable position.  They have now drawn 15 league games despite one of the best away records in the league.

Trafford started brightly with Craig Linfield dragging a shot wide after 11 minutes.  However, there was a wake-up call after 15 minutes when a ball over the top caught the Trafford defence square but fortunately the lively Matt Dudley flashed over for the Cumbrians.  

Two minutes later Aaron Burns put Luke Horrocks through the middle and his poke through to Linfield resulted in a tame shot at Will Kitchen in the visitor’s goal.  Burns was provider once again two minutes later, this time Andy Keogh made no mistake, slipping the ball under the advancing ‘keeper.  Trafford were now controlling the midfield but there was no real urgency in play. Any chance that the visitors had resulted in a long ball to Dudley who was leading the Kendal line well.

Trafford started the second half brightly with Kingsley Williams playing in Keogh, his pass to Linfield was blazed over the bar.  Linfield and Ally Brown were having joy down the right flank and on 51 minutes it was this combination who fed Williams but he could not get enough on the ball and the Kitchen gathered easily.  More play down the right ten minutes later saw the ball break for Anthony Griffiths who found Burns on the edge of the box.  He steadied himself and curled a left foot shot past the static ‘keeper.  

 

Trafford were now in control and should have seen the game out.  A number of substitutions by both teams slowed the game down but the home fans were feeling confident.  The midfield play became scrappy and a number of free kicks to the visitors saw their impetus increase as the game wore on.  It was one of Kendal’s substitutions who proved to make the difference.  Adam Freeland surged down the right in the 86th minute and sent a deep cross to the back post where Matt Dudley headed home.  It was Freeland who broke Trafford hearts deep into injury time when he poked home the winner after Terry Smith failed to hold on to a left wing free kick.  

Trafford have two games left this season with their last home game on Easter Monday, 17th April, kick off 3pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aaron Burns

Andy Keogh

Trafford got their play-off push back on track on Easter Monday in front of 325 fans at Shawe View.  Trafford had no game on Saturday due to most of the league playing games in-hand and those matches could not have gone any worse for Tom Baker’s men.  Having sat in 4th place prior to the weekend, they ended up going into the bank holiday clash in 8th place as all their rivals won.  It meant that only a win would do for this clash.

The nerves were evident in the first ten minutes with both teams guilty of carelessness in midfield.  Former Trafford favourite Tom Schofield was making his first start for the visitors after a lengthy lay-off and it seemed he was enjoying playing back at Shawe View.

The game burst into life in the 11th minute when Craig Linfield slipped his marker down the right wing and sent a low cross across the face of goal.  Visiting skipper Sam Barnes was adjudged to have handled the ball as he lunged to clear in front of his goalkeeper.  The referee had no hesitation in pointing to the spot and Aaron Burns coolly stroked the resultant penalty into the bottom corner.

The midfield battle was hotting up and Anthony Griffiths was given the task of dealing with the lively Schofield.  Both men were getting stuck in and in the 28th minute the referee blew for a foul and booked Griffiths.  The resultant free kick broke to Danny Andrews who flashed the ball back in to be bundled home by Barnes, atoning for his earlier mistake.  There were shouts for a foul, but neither the referee nor linesman saw anything amiss and awarded the goal.

The goal sparked Bay into life and the lively Danny Bartle was causing problems for the home defence.  A series of corners were won but the Trafford back line were resolute and looking fired up.  Terry Smith was also in the thick of it, getting his fingertips to a stinging drive from Louis Corrigan, tipping it onto the crossbar.

Trafford were getting back into the action and in the 40th minute some nice interplay between Burns and Ash Woods saw a cross cleared.  Two minutes later Woods broke down the right, holding off a challenge but his cross was too strong for the onrushing Burns.  The half ended with a ball out of defence to Burns who drove forwards but his shot was straight at Karl Wills in the opposition goal.

The hosts came out after the break in determined mood and Lee Neville and Craig Linfield were seeing plenty of the ball and getting crosses in.  Bay also had their chances and Schofield linked up with Astley Mulholland on 54 mins who crossed to Bartle who put wide under good pressure from Andy Langford.  

Jack Dorney and Lee Neville were linking up well with Linfield down the Trafford left but could not get the goal they were pushing for.  The game then turned on its head in the space of a minute.  Mulholland was released down the left and he cut inside Liam Brownhill who did his best not to foul the advancing striker.  It seemed as if Langford had averted the danger by shepherding the ball out of play, only for the referee to adjudge he had committed a foul and pointed to the spot.  Danny Andrews stepped up for Bay, but Terry Smith dived down to his right to keep the ball out.  The ball broke back to Trafford from the resulting corner and substitute Mark Derbyshire fed Neville who slipped the ball through to Dorney who couldn’t miss from 6 yards out.

The game continued to provide value for the fans with its end-to-end excitement.  The home fans were hoping that this time the Whites could hold on to their lead.  They should have done more than hold on with substitute Ally Brown providing some extra pace against some tired legs.  It was Brown himself who should have sealed it in the 88th minute when he sliced wide from the edge of the box when clear through.  The referee’s whistle came after a nervy 5 additional minutes leaving Trafford with one last chance of a play-off place if they beat Yorkshire rivals Ossett Town away next Saturday.

 

ONE MORE CHANCE FOR THE PLAY OFF’S
TRAFFORD  2 v 1 Colwyn Bay    
Monday 17th April 2017
TEAM: Terry Smith, Liam Brownhill, Lee Neville, Anthony Griffith,
Andy Langford, Josh Granite, Jack Dorney, Luke Horrocks, Aaron Burns, Ashley Woods, Craig Linfield.

SUBS: Mark Derbyshire for Woods (64), Ally Brown for Mark Derbyshire inj
(78), Andy Keogh for Burns (87), Ryan Ellison, Kingsley Williams.

TRAFFORD SCORERS: Burns (12 pen), Dorney (68)
COLWYN BAY SCORERS: Barnes (29)

Terry Smith

Jack Dorney

Lee Neville

Andy Langford

Trafford fell an agonising two points short of a play-off spot on Saturday following their 1-1 draw at Ossett Town, ending the season in a creditable but ultimately frustrating sixth place.

Creative football was virtually impossible on the hard, uneven surface and Trafford were given an early scare when a glancing header by Alex Peterson flew past visiting keeper Terry Smith but was ruled out for offside.

There was little goalmouth action as both sides resorted to long balls, Trafford’s first attempt on goal falling in the 24th minute when Jack Dorney struck a drive from 20 yards just past the upright.

In the final minute of a disappointing first half Ossett striker Danny Frost blasted a low shot from 25 yards that was pushed around the post by Terry Smith.

 

The hosts started the second half on top with Jason Yates twice going close, firing just wide from the edge of the penalty area and then heading straight at Smith from just eight yards.

And in the 52nd minute disaster struck for Trafford when they were caught napping as Ossett took a quick throw in, the ball was whipped in from the right and Tyrone Gay timed his run to perfection  to turn the ball past Smith.

Trafford were now really up against it and manager Tom Baker introduced substitutes Andy Keogh, Ally Brown and Kingsley Williams in an attempt to force their way back into the game.

But the home defence, marshalled by the impressive Gay, looked impenetrable and in the 83rd minute Ossett should have doubled their lead when Danny Frost broke clear but thankfully chipped the ball over the advancing Smith and over the crossbar.

In the 90th minute Trafford were thrown a lifeline when Liam Brownhill swung over a corner from the right and Lee Neville rose superbly to power a header past Leigh Overton.

The magnificent Trafford supporters roared on their players in pursuit of an unlikely winner and Brownhill struck a powerful drive from the edge of the area that was blocked by Yates.

But it was not to be and the final whistle signalled the end of a season that had promised so much but had ultimately fallen just short for Baker’s Boys.

 

 

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TWO POINTS SHORT OF THE PLAY OFF’S
Ossett Town  1 v 1  TRAFFORD
Saturday 22nd April 2017
TEAM: Terry Smith, Liam Brownhill, Lee Neville,  Anthony Griffith,
Andy Langford, Josh Granite, Jack Dorney, Luke Horrocks, Aaron Burns,
Ashley Woods, Craig Lindfield.

SUBS: Andy Keogh for Lindfield (67), Ally Brown for Woods (72), Kingsley Williams for Horrocks (74), Chris Shuker, Saul Lomax-Newton.

OSSETT TOWN SCORER: Gay (52)
TRAFFORD SCORER: Neville (90 + 1)