TRAFFORD held Evo-Stik North leaders Bamber Bridge to a 1-1 draw in a thrilling encounter at the First Point Shawe View Stadium on Saturday.

The visitors started brightly with Matthew Dudley twice going close but they were rocked in the seventh minute when Trafford stormed ahead with their first meaningful attack, Aaron Burns crossing to the back post where Scott Sephton rose to power his header past Lloyd Rigby.

Burns then saw his shot deflected wide before Brig winger Regan Linney struck the outside of the post with an angled drive from 15 yards.

The action continued with Burns having a goal chalked off for a push on Stuart Vasey and Brig centre back Matthew Mahoney heading a corner just wide when completely unmarked.

Burns should have doubled the hosts' lead when he scuffed his shot from close range and in the 32nd minute Trafford were desperately unlucky when Steve Mason’s headed clearance struck team-mate Jack Dorney and fell into the path of Linney who netted from close range.

An enthralling and thoroughly entertaining half ended with Trafford left winger Jason St Juste seeing his shot at the back post blocked by Brig defender Lewis Baines.

The second half was dominated for long spells by the visitors and in the 52nd minute a Brad Carsley drive from 25 yards was saved at full length by Grant Shenton.

Carsley then headed into the side-netting, Alistair Waddecar drove across the face of the Trafford goal and a powerful drive by substitute Gerard Garner was pushed past the post by Shenton.

With two minutes remaining Trafford substitute Mark Derbyshire looked as though he could win the game for his side as he broke clear down the centre but a last-ditch tackle by Baines saved the day for Brig.

The action still was not over as, in the 89th minute, James Boyd headed against the Trafford bar following a cross from the left and deep into stoppage time Mason headed just over after a Louis Corrigan free kick.

This result saw Trafford extend their unbeaten league run to seven games, although they face a severe test on Saturday when they travel over the Pennines to face Scarborough Athletic, kick off 3pm.