A Nathan Turner own goal was enough to give Trafford all three points despite failing to have a shot on target, doing the double over Farsley Celtic with a 1-0 victory, writes Thomas Ritchie.
Aaron Burns had a great chance for Trafford early on as he found himself through on goal, only to take a heavy touch which allowed Farsley ‘keeper Graeme McKibbin to rush out and make the block.
Farsley started to grow into the game as the half progressed and James Walshaw should have given them the lead, being played through by Paul Walker before he poked wide.
Trafford took the lead against the run of play before half time, Lee Neville’s cross falling to Burns at the back post who’s effort was put through his own net by Nathan Turner.
Farsley came out searching for an equaliser and Richard Marshall tested Terry Smith who could only parry his long range strike however the ball fell to Walshaw who was in an offside position.
James Walshaw then had another terrific chance for The Celts, Ross Daly playing an exquisite through ball to Walshaw who saw his effort superbly saved by Smith before he latched onto the rebound and bundled it onto the bar, the Celtic faithful bewildered as to how the ball didn’t end up in the goal.
Farsley continued to press for the remaining minutes, causing the Trafford defence a few worries without forging any clear cut opportunities, however Trafford stood firm and held on to take all three points.
Farsley Celtic: McKibbin, Hardy, Daly (Howarth 72), Turner, Savory, Miller (c), Nightingale, Marshall, Walshaw, Deacey (Hazel 72), Walker. Unused subs: P. Davidson, Clayton, Lofthouse (GK).
Trafford FC: Smith, Brownhill, Neville, Longford, Horsfall, Granite (c), Brown, Williams, Burns, Derbyshire (Irakoze 83), Gosling (Horrocks 69). Unused subs: Meldrem, Woods, Lomax-Newton (GK).
MOTM: Paddy Miller