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Football - Trafford 3 Rushall Olympic 1
2:45pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in Sport
Trafford Scorers: Michael Oates 43, Paul Ashton 49, 61 Rushall Scorer: Josh Craddock 5.
TRAFFORD came back from a shaky start to take all 3 points at Shawe View on Saturday afternoon. Rushall Olympic started brightly with Dele Adebola and the lightning quick Ahmed Obeng proving to be a handful. After conceding a free kick against the physical front line, Trafford fell behind to a Josh Craddock strike, drilled into the bottom corner.
Trafford took time to settle, but once they came to terms with Rushall’s strength, played some attractive passing football. Shelton Payne was causing problems on the right and on 21 minutes he had a shot saved at the near post from a short corner. Payne was at it again after some neat exchanges with Oates but was denied by Matty Wood when put through on goal.
Payne turned provider on 43 minutes after more neat work on the right. He beat his man and his low cross was turned in by Oates. It should have been 2 a minute later when Oates capitalised on a poor clearance by visiting ‘keeper Lewis Solly only to put the ball wide when it looked easier to score.
After a scrappy start to the second half, Trafford took control of the game. On 49 minutes the lively Rory Fallon sent Payne clear on the right. After checking back on to his left foot, he curled a shot on to the foot of the post and Paul Ashton was on hand to slot the rebound into the net. The sun was out and the Trafford fans could sense a much needed victory which duly came on 61 minutes. Fallon again fed Payne who crossed behind the backtracking defence and the onrushing Ashton finished coolly.
The final 20 minutes saw the Trafford defence stand resolute against the Olympic attack with man of the match Nia Bayunu keeping former million pound striker Adebola quiet. Rushall full back Kyle Haynes was sent off late on for two quick yellows and Trafford saw the game out to send the home fans away with a smile on their faces.
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