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Saturday 17th November 2018   Newcastle Town 3 v 3 Trafford   

TRAFFORD SQUANDER THREE GOAL LEAD

Newcastle Town 3 v 3 TRAFFORD

Evo Stik NPL West Division     

TEAM: Joao Mendes, Chris Palmer, Matty Bryan, Andy Langford,

Sam Heathcote, Keil O'Brien, Declan Rydings, Harry Winter,

Aaron Burns, Liam Ellis, Jack Dorney.


SUBS: Lewis Nightingale for Burns (74), Ross Davidson for Winter (79),

Lee Wilshaw for Dorney (90), Darius Palma.


NEWCASTLE TOWN SCORERS: Conlon (80), Smith (88), Dennis (90+3)

TRAFFORD SCORERS: Heathcote (37), O'Brien (68), Burns (73)

Aaron Burns

Sam Heathcote

After totally dominating the game for 80 minutes, Trafford squandered a three goal lead and somehow shared the spoils at Newcastle on Saturday.

The visitors attacked from the start and after only 18 seconds Matty Bryan low drive was held by Matt Johnson.

A Keil O'Brien header was blocked on the line as Trafford sought the opening goal and in the 17th minute an incredible goalmouth scramble saw Liam Ellis, Jack Dorney and Harry Winter all going close.

Trafford won a succession of corners and free kicks and deservedly took the lead in the 37th minute when centre back Sam Heathcote strode forward and unleashed a superb low drive from 25 yards that flew into the bottom corner.

The second half began in a similar vein with Harry Winter controlling the midfield and in the 55th minute Aaron Burns should have made it two when he shot against Johnson from point blank range after great work by Liam Ellis on the right.


Ellis screwed a shot wide of the far post shortly afterwards but in the 68th minute Trafford doubled their lead when Jack Dorney fed Keil O'Brien who coolly fired into the bottom corner from 15 yards.

Dorney's thunderbolt from 25 yards was tipped over and Liam Ellis shot past the near post as Trafford threatened to run riot and in the 73rd minute Aaron Burns made it three when he headed home at the back post following a piercing cross by Matty Bryan.

The game appeared to be over as a contest and in the 79th minute Harry Winter was substituted after a majestic performance in the centre of midfield.

However, this seemed to give the initiative to Newcastle and two minutes late Mike Conlon collected the ball in midfield and cracked a great drive into the top corner from 25 yards.

Trafford pulled players back into defensive positions and allowed Newcastle to push forward and in the 88th minute Chris Smith made it 3-2 when he netted at the back post after a Conlon cross from the right.

The hosts were now in the ascendancy and three minutes into injury time Trafford only half cleared a free kick and Luke Dennis blasted a wonderful drive from 25 yards past Joao Mendes and into the top corner.

The Trafford supporters looked on in disbelief as the final whistle sounded seconds later to signal a disastrous result for a Trafford side that had been so impressive and dominant for most of the game.

However, Tom Baker's side are still in third position in the EvoStik League West Division and will be hoping to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they travel to Glossop North End.