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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)
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-
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.
Wednesday 14th November 2018 Trafford 0 v 1 Radcliffe (M/c Premier Cup)
DREAMS OF ANOTHER PREMIER CUP FINAL GONE
TRAFFORD 0 v 1 Radcliffe
Frank Hannah M/c Premier Cup Quarter Final
Team: Matt Cooper, Chris Palmer, Darius Palma, Lee Wilshaw,
Sam Heathcote, Keil O'Brien, Ross Davidson, Andy Langford,
Aaron Burns, Liam Ellis, Dontai Gabidon.
SUBS: Declan Rydings for Burns (59), Ben Elliott for Gabidon (59),
Jack Dorney, Rory Fallon.
RADCLIFFE SCORER: Lacy (62)
Radcliffe deservedly won through to the Manchester Premier Cup Semi Final with a confident and assured display at the First Point Shawe View Stadium on Wednesday night.
A close fought start to the game saw a Keil O’Brien header cleared off the Radcliffe line with Lee Wilshaw nodding the rebound onto the roof of the net.
Radcliffe striker Ben Wharton then flighted an audacious lob from 40 yards that Matty Cooper clawed back from underneath his crossbar before Scott Metcalfe curled a free kick inches wide from 25 yards as the visitors took control.
‘Boro striker Elliot Rokka cracked a great drive from 30 yards just past the engle of post and crossbar and the half ended with Lewis Lacy heading over from just eight yards.
The visitors continued to push forward in the opening stages of the second half with Cooper producing an excellent one-
Trafford were playing with plenty of spirit and endeavour but lacked a cutting edge and visiting keeper Ollie Martin was rarely troubled.
And the final whistle signalled the end of their dreams of a second successive final in the Premier Cup with the focus now falling on Saturday’s vital league encounter at Newcastle Town.
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.