Trafford 3 Witton Albion 3

by Dave Law AN incredible four goal finale meant that the spoils were shared in an entertaining game at Shawe View on Saturday.

Witton started brightly and took the lead after just five minutes when Martyn Jackson drove home unmarked from 15 yards.

Two minutes later Jon Dawson almost made it two when he cut in from the left and curled in a shot that Kieran O’Hara acrobatically tipped over.

The visitors were much the better side for long periods and Trafford were restricted to long range efforts from Shelton Payne and Paul Ashton that hardly troubled Witton keeper Matt Cooper.

Three minutes into the second half the visitors were rocked when Trafford substitute Michael Oates crossed from the right and Paul Ashton struck a sweet left footed volley inside the far post.

The game then degenerated into a scrappy and disjointed affair with the best chance falling to Shelton Payne in the 73rd minute when he sped in from the right flank, drove hard and low but saw Witton centre back Ben Harrison clear the ball off the goal-line.

At the other end Mike Powell blasted over and Scott Bakkor fired straight at Kieran O’Hara before the game burst into life in the 83rd minute.

Ex Trafford full back Ally Brown flighted a great cross in from the left and Mike Powell rose to power a magnificent header into the top corner.

Four minutes later Trafford were level once more when Andy Smart curled a free kick in from the right, Witton failed to clear and Steve Mason planted a firm header over the stranded Cooper.

Both teams now pushed forward in search of the winner and in the first minute of injury time Trafford thought they had secured the points when Smart’s corner from the right was expertly glanced in at the near post by Nia Bayunu to make it 3-2.

However, an amazing end to the game reached a crescendo in the 95th minute when Trafford failed to clear a high corner from the left and the ball was headed down to Mike Powell who swivelled and cracked a powerful low drive past the helpless O’Hara.

Despite this last gasp disappointment, Trafford can have no qualms about the result as Witton had been the dominant force for long periods, playing with greater pace, movement and incisiveness. But the draw means that Garry Vaughan’s side have now put together a five game unbeaten run that has moved them clear of the Evo Stik League Premier Division relegation zone.


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