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Trafford 0 Buxton 0
10:17am Monday 28th October 2013 in Sport
A FEISTY but highly entertaining encounter ended with honours even but both teams reduced to ten men in this Evo Stik League Premier Division clash at Shawe View.
Buxton were on top in the opening stages with Ash Palmer firing in a close range effort that was superbly saved by Trafford’s 17 year old keeper Kieran O’Hara.
Trafford’s quicksilver winger Shelton Payne then squandered a great chance to put his side ahead but was denied by the legs of visiting keeper Andy Warrington.
Buxton dangerman Carlos Logan fired just past the near post in the 10th minute and six minutes later Payne broke clear of the visitors defence and was tripped by Jack Broadhead but incredibly the match officials ignored Trafford’s appeals for a free kick and the inevitable red card that would follow.
The home sides’ frustrations were compounded by a caution to Payne for protesting the non-decision!
The game was being played at a tremendous pace with Buxton denying Trafford the time and space to play their possession football and in the 28th minute the visitor’s midfielder Derek Niven should have put his side ahead but nodded against the crossbar from point blank range.
Paul Ashton drove into the side-netting after good work by Payne but it was the visitors who were creating the better chances with Lee Morris chipping wide with O’Hara stranded and then blasting a tremendous volley against the crossbar from 30 yards.
The second half began with O’Hara blocking a close range shot by Morris and Trafford’s free kick specialist Andy Smart driving just wide of the upright.
Paul Ashton and Rory Fallon then linked brilliantly but the latter blasted his shot well over from 15 yards.
Buxton were incensing the home supporters with some over-zealous challenges and in the 80th minute Derek Niven lunged recklessly at Tom Schofield and was shown an immediate red card.
Despite this, Trafford were unable to penetrate the superbly organised Buxton defence and they too were reduced to ten men in the 90th minute when Andy Smart foolishly swung a punch at a Buxton attacker.
The final whistle signalled the end of what had been an entertaining game played at great pace and intensity but with Trafford reflecting on that flashpoint in the 16th minute when the Buxton centre half should have received his marching orders.
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