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Trafford 2 Warrington Town 2
12:41pm Wednesday 4th April 2012 in Sport
TRAFFORD produced a sloppy and disjointed second half performance at Shawe View on Tuesday night, allowing 10 men Warrington to snatch a draw .
Garry Vaughan’s side started brightly with Nia Bayunu volleying wide in the second minute following a left wing corner.
Kamahl Whight wasted a good opportunity in the 18th minute when he blasted well over after cutting in from the right but he made amends six minutes later with a superb cross that Joe Shaw met with a diving header past Paul Pritchard.
Opportunities were few and far between for the remainder of the first half with both defences on top but within a minute of the restart Whight almost made it two when he struck a powerful volley from 15 yards that was blocked by Pritchard’s legs.
In the 51st minute the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Kyle Hamid was shown the red card following a high and reckless challenge on Shaw, having earlier been cautioned for a similar offence.
However, five minutes later Warrington were on level terms with a farcical goal as Rob Hardwick dispossessed Farrell Kilbane, home keeper Andy Robertson appeared to gather the ball, but then let it slip from his grasp as Hardwick knocked it into the empty net.
This goal gave the visitors a tremendous uplift and after Michael Reid drove just wide from 25 yards, they stormed ahead in the 68th minute when substitute Dale Wright struck a low drive through the Trafford defensive wall and past the helpless Robertson.
Two minutes later it was 2-2 when Danny Shannon was upended in the penalty area, Michael Oates struck the spot kick low to his right and goalkeeper Pritchard blocked the ball but then saw it spiral up and into the back of the goal for a bizarre and fortuitous equaliser.
Kamahl Whight saw his snapshot brilliantly saved by Pritchard as Trafford sought the winner but the best chance fell to the impressive Hardwick five minutes from time when he fired over from just eight yards after a neat one-two with Thompson.
Trafford were struggling to play with any cohesion and in the dying seconds Town’s left winger Liam Shipton broke clear of the disorganised home defence but was chased down by the valiant Gareth Thomas and the danger was cleared.
The game came to a close with the visitors well worth their point for their effort and teamwork and Trafford will be hoping for a big improvement over the Easter weekend when they entertain local rivals Salford City on Saturday and travel to title chasers Curzon Ashton on Monday. Both games kick off at 3pm.