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Blyth Spartans 2 Trafford 1
9:16am Wednesday 21st August 2013 in Sport
TRAFFORD'S long journey to the North East on Tuesday night proved to be a fruitless one as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Blyth Spartans.
The visitors dominated possession for long spells with their neat and composed football and took the lead in the 17th minute when Shelton Payne broke clear of the home defence following a superb through ball by Andy Smart and was upended by home keeper Grant.
Payne dusted himself down to coolly place the resultant penalty inside the left hand post.
Just two minutes later the Spartans levelled and once again it was from the penalty spot as Ally Brown tripped Damien Mullen and skipper Joe Kendrick crashed the spot kick past Tom Read.
Both teams pushed forward in search of further goals with Trafford controlling the midfield but the home side always looking dangerous on the break.
The impressive Robert Dale glanced a header just wide with Tom Read stranded while at the other end Cedric Krou and Shelton Payne both went close to restoring Trafford’s lead.
The Spartans took the lead slightly against the run of play in the 37th minute when another quick break and neat link up between Dale and Danny Maguire ended with the latter firing into the bottom corner from 15 yards.
Trafford started the second half brightly with Shelton Payne curling a shot just over from an angle.
However, Tom Read then produced a good block to deny Phil Airey and Matthew Wade whistled a drive from 25 yards past the upright as Spartans took control.
Read was in action once again to block a header by Robbie Dale and collect a drive by the quicksilver Maguire but Garry Vaughan’s side fought to the end and in the 90th minute a great move down the right ended with Ally Brown crashing a shot that was held at full length by Grant.
The final whistle arrived to signal a 2-1 victory for the Spartans but Trafford emerged from the game with great credit after a brave, skilful and composed performance.
Trafford are on their travels once more on Saturday when they travel to Stafford Rangers and then on Bank Holiday Monday they entertain FC United of Manchester for a fixture that is sure to attract a record attendance at Shawe View. Both games kick off at 3pm.