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Trafford 2 FC United of Manchester 3
1:25pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in Sport
AN injury time winner by FC United substitute Tom Greaves cruelly denied Trafford a point in a pulsating clash on Bank Holiday Monday.
Glorious sunshine and a record attendance of 1,374 created a carnival atmosphere at Shawe View, although the football in the opening minutes failed to match the occasion.
Both sides played with great caution, packing their defences and denying the opposition any clearcut chances.
However, in the 26th minute the game sprung into life when Trafford’s quicksilver winger Shelton Payne cut in from the left and curled a great shot against the crossbar.
Seven minutes later the visitors took the lead, Matthew Wolfenden threading a pass through the Trafford defence and Astley Mulholland coolly slotting the ball past the advancing Tom Read.
An Andy Smart free kick was pushed past the post by James Spencer and the half ended with Wolfenden volleying just over from the edge of the penalty area.
Within three minutes of the restart Trafford found themselves on level terms when Shelton Payne was released in the inside right position and clipped the ball inside the far post past Spencer.
In the 53rd minute Oliver Banks fired wide of the far post for the visitors, but just a minute later the home supporters were in raptures when Payne and Paul Ashton combined to feed Michael Oates who blasted the ball home from close range.
In the 69th minute Trafford wasted a glorious opportunity to open a two goal lead when Nia Bayunu saw his header from six yards brilliantly saved by Spencer and when Oates pounced on the rebound, Charlie Raglan cleared his effort off the goal-line.
FC United manager Karl Marginson introduced substitutes Matthew Walwyn and Tom Greaves to the action and they were to have a dramatic impact on the outcome of the game.
Walwyn made several penetrating runs down the left flank and in the 77th minute levelled the scores when he cut inside once more and blasted the ball inside the near post past Tom Read.
Five minutes later Trafford substitute Ali Nsangou was desperately unlucky not to put Trafford ahead when he collected an Andy Smart free kick on his chest and then struck a spectacular overhead kick that cannoned back into play off the crossbar.
In the 90th minute Read brilliantly tipped a flicked header by Tom Greaves over the crossbar as FC United poured forward but two minutes into injury time he was powerless to prevent Greaves from snatching an agonising and dramatic winner as the effervescent striker turned superbly on the edge of the penalty area and crashed a shot inside the right hand post.
Seconds later the final whistle arrived to signal a crucial victory for the visitors although Trafford were left to reflect on what had been an historic and momentous occasion for their club.
On Saturday Trafford are in action once again at Shawe View when they entertain Stamford, kick off 3 p.m., and then on Tuesday night they make the short journey over to Chorley for a league fixture that kicks off at 7.45 pm.