Trafford suffered a last minute heartbreak when home striker Benny Igiehon bundled
home a controversial equaliser to deny the visitors victory.
Creative football was almost impossible on the heavy surface and the game was dominated
throughout by two well-organised defences.
Jacob Hazel and Dave Merris struck two long range shots just off target for the hosts
whilst for Trafford, Aaron Burns wasted a great position with a poor cross and debutant
Craig Lindfield shot across the face of the goal just before half time.
The first clear-cut chance of the game arrived in the 55th minute when Lindfield
was sent clear in the inside right position but he chipped the ball over the crossbar
with home goalkeeper Joe Green stranded.
Trafford were now on top and on the hour Burns and Liam Brownhill worked a neat short
corner but Boro scrambled the ball clear at the back post. And from the resultant
corner Andy Langford was inches away from giving his side the lead when he poked
the ball wide from six yards.
Trafford midfielder Andy Keogh then struck a low angled drive that Green saved at
the second attempt before Boro right back Jameel Ible sliced an attempted clearance
inches past his right hand post.
In the 83rd minute Trafford were finally rewarded for their superiority when Liam
Brownhill swung a free kick in from the left, Boro failed to clear, and skipper Josh
Granite pounced to steer the ball inside the far post.
The points seemed to be secured for the hard-working Trafford side but in the second
minute of injury time disaster struck when goalkeeper Terry Smith appeared to be
impeded when he attempted to catch a high cross and when the ball fell loose, Igiehon
pounced to net from close range.
So what would have been a superb victory in difficult conditions against a big, physical
side turned into a disappointing draw.
Despite this setback, Trafford remain in third place in the Evo Stik League Division
One North table and look certain to claim a play-off position.
On Saturday, Trafford entertain Tadcaster Albion at Shawe View, kick off 3 p.m.
LAST MINUTE HEARTBREAK FOR TRAFFORD Scarborough Athletic 1 v 1 TRAFFORD Saturday 4th March 2017 TEAM: Terry Smith, Alex Frost, Liam Brownhill, Andy Langford, Anthony Griffith, Josh Granite, Ally Brown, Chris Palmer, Aaron Burns, Andy Keogh, Craig Lindfield. SUBS: Ashley Woods for Burns (61), Greg Daniels for Brown (78), Kingsley Williams for Palmer (81), Luke Horrocks, Saul Lomax-Newton. SCARBOROUGH ATHLETIC SCORER: Igiehon (90) TRAFFORD SCORER: Granite (83)
Trafford collected three crucial points in their quest for a Play-Off place on Saturday
but were made to fight every inch of the way by a very physical Albion side.
The visitors made the perfect start when, after just three minutes, ex-Manchester
United and England Under 21 star Jonathan Greening floated a delightful cross to
the back post and Carl Stewart headed home.
However, two minutes later, and after home keeper Terry Smith had saved at point
blank range from Tom Corner, Andy Keogh equalised with a cool, side-footed finish
from the edge of the penalty area.
And in the 8th minute Trafford struck again when Ash Woods seized on a poor back
pass and crossed for Ally Brown to tap in from four yards.
The game became a little ragged for the remainder of the first half with the only
attempt on goal being an in-swinging free kick by Liam Brownhill that Albion keeper
Chandler Hallwood tipped over the crossbar.
The second half saw the visitors putting the Trafford defence under tremendous pressure
for long spells with an aerial bombardment that was dealt with superbly by centre
backs Josh Granite and Anthony Griffith and goalkeeper Terry Smith.
Albion substitute Josh Greening squandered a great chance of an equaliser when he
was clean through but shot tamely into Smith’s hands and the under fire home custodian
then produced a magnificent reflex save to thwart Carl Stewart.
\corner, Stewart and Sellars all glanced headers wide as Albion launched balls into
the home penalty area whilst at the other end a fine last ditch tackle by Josh Grant
prevented Ash Woods from making it 3-1.
Trafford substitutes Lee Neville and Kingsley Williams combined in the closing minutes
with the latter heading over at the back post before the points were sealed in the
90th minute when a slick move down the right ended with a Chris Palmer volley being
parried by Hallwood and Ash Woods pouncing to force home the rebound.
Tom Baker’s side will be desperate for another three points on Saturday when they
entertain Ramsbottom United at Shawe View, kick off 3 p.m
THREE MORE VALUABLE POINTS FOR TRAFFORD TRAFFORD 3 v 1 Tadcaster Albion Saturday 11th March 2017 TEAM: Terry Smith, Alex Frost, Liam Brownhill, Andy Langford, Anthony Griffith, Josh Granite, Ally Brown, Chris Palmer, Ash Woods, Andy Keogh, Craig Lindfield. SUBS: Kingsley Williams for Brown (62), Lee Neville for Brownhill (78), Greg Daniels, Aaron Burns, Luke Horrocks. TRAFFORD SCORERS: Keogh (5), Brown (8), Woods (90) TADCASTER ALBION SCORER: Stewart (3)
Careless defending cost Trafford dearly as they conceded two penalties and gifted
visitors Ramsbottom a point at Shawe View on Saturday.
A bright opening saw Rammy’s Damian Green crack a low drive that was bravely blocked
by home skipper Josh Granite and Trafford striker Ash Woods flash a shot inches wide
from 25 yards.
Lee Neville volleyed over from 15 yards as the hosts began to dominate but they were
rocked in the 25th minute when Alex Frost needlessly bundled Ronaldo Pearson to the
ground and Lee Gaskell fired the resultant penalty past Terry Smith.
Chris Palmer and Ash Woods both went close to equalising before Kingsley Williams
was tripped four minutes before the interval and Woods stepped forward to convert
the spot kick.
Three minutes into the second half Liam Brownhill and Chris Palmer worked a neat
short corner on the right and Josh Granite pounced to force the ball home from six
yards as Rammy failed to clear.
Trafford were now in the ascendancy but they gifted the visitors another penalty
when Lee Neville was adjudged to have pushed Darrhyl Mason and Lee Gaskell once again
blasted the penalty past Smith.
Andy Keogh was desperately unlucky a minute later when his thunderbolt from 25 yards
rattled the crossbar and substitute Aaron Burns missed a glorious chance when he
volleyed over from four yards after a great cross by Neville.
Ally Brown then wasted a good chance when his control let him down but the visitors
could have snatched all three points two minutes into injury time when Lee Gaskell
rounded goalkeeper Smith but chipped wide of the far post.
Even then, the action wasn’t over as Trafford substitute Greg Daniels cut in from
the right in the dying seconds and struck a low drive that Martin Fearon pushed past
the near post.
Despite this disappointing result, Trafford remain in third place in the Evo Stik
League Division One North table but they will need to improve their performance on
Tuesday night when they face a difficult fixture at Tadcaster Albion, kick off 7-45
CARELESS DEFENDING COST TRAFFORD TRAFFORD 2 v 2 Ramsbottom United Saturday 18th March 2017 TEAM: Terry Smith, Liam Brownhill, Lee Neville, Anthony Griffith, Alex Frost, Josh Granite, Kingsley Williams, Chris Palmer, Ashley Woods, Andy Keogh, Craig Lindfield. SUBS: Aaron Burns for Woods (62), Ally Brown for Williams (76), Greg Daniels for Brownhill (87), Luke Horrocks, Andy Langford. TRAFFORD SCORERS: Woods (41 pen), Granite (48). RAMSBOTTOM UNITED SCORERS: Gaskell (25 pen, 57 pen)