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Football - Grantham Town 2 Trafford 1
10:29am Monday 7th October 2013 in Sport
Grantham Town 2 Trafford 1 TRAFFORD’S winning streak came to an end on Saturday when they fell to a disappointing 2-1 defeat at Grantham in their Evo Stik League Premier Division clash.
The visitors went into the game full of confidence following magnificent victories over Altrincham and Skelmersdale United in the last seven days.
However, they never reached the heights of those two displays with far too many players turning in below par performances.
Rhys Lewis almost gave Grantham the lead after just two minutes when he volleyed over after Trafford had failed to clear a right wing corner.
At the other end Rory Fallon shot straight at goalkeeper Dan Haystead before Grantham stormed ahead in the 12th minute when Greg Smith dispossessed Shelton Payne and strode forward to power a drive past Kieran O’Hara.
Jamie McGhee almost made it two with a volley straight at O’Hara but Trafford then began to dictate play with Martyn Andrews prominent in midfield and in the 26th minute Michael Oates was unlucky to strike the foot of the post following a great pass by Lewis Lacy.
Shelton Payne fired over from 30 yards and then curled in a shot that Haystead palmed to safety.
An Andy Smart free kick was headed over at the back post by Steve Mason before Trafford deservedly levelled in the 34th minute when Payne volleyed into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area.
Three minutes into the second half the home side were ahead once again when Kern Miller crossed hard and low and Rhys Lewis arrived at the near post to glance the ball past O’Hara.
Miller headed just over as Grantham sought a third goal and then Greg Smith fired over as O’Hara carelessly dropped the ball.
In the 61st minute Grantham’s Ashley Burbeary was sent off in ridiculous circumstances for showing dissent following the award of a throw in to Trafford and four minutes later Michael Oates should have equalised when Haystead fumbled a low shot but recovered to block Oates attempt to turn the ball home.
Despite playing against ten men Trafford were being careless in possession and were lacking the creative spark, inventiveness and inspiration that has been so evident in recent weeks.
Nevertheless, substitute Jake Parker should have done better but sent an angled drive straight at Haystead and then fired over the Grantham crossbar on three occasions.
The home defence, led by the impressive Kern Miller, denied Trafford any clearcut chances and so the visitors fell to their first defeat in five games.
Trafford will be desperate to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they travel to Corby Town for their FA Cup Third Qualifying Round clash and then on Wednesday night they entertain league leaders AFC Fylde AFC at Shawe View, kick off 7-45 p.m.
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