6:14pm Monday 20th February 2012
AN injury time goal by substitute Kamahl Whight won the points for Trafford in an extremely scrappy game played in awful conditions at Birkenhead on Saturday.
A gale force wind made creative football almost impossible and, allied to the fact that neither side had played for three weeks due to the freezing weather, this was certainly not a game for the connoisseur.
The Lairds had the wind in their favour in the first half but failed to take advantage of the elements and it wasn’t until the 27th minute before there was an attempt on goal, Trafford winger Warren Collier seeing his shot blocked from 15 yards.
Home centre back Chay Dysart headed a corner wide at the back post but the first chance of any note didn’t arrive until the 40th minute when Collier fed Michael Oates whose low drive was deflected wide for a corner.
Trafford lost influential midfielder Joe Shaw at half time due to an ankle injury but with the gale now in their favour, their large contingent of travelling fans expected them to lay siege on the Lairds goal.
But it was the home side who looked the most likely to score with giant striker Aaron Bowen twice being denied by saves by Andy Robertson.
The visitors then took control of the midfield without creating any clearcut chances although they had a justifiable appeal for a penalty turned down when home keeper Martyn Stevenson appeared to trip Michael Oates.
Paul Ashton, Andy Smart and Paul Lowry all blasted long range drives over the crossbar as Trafford pressed forward and they had another penalty appeal turned down in the 87th minute when Dan O’Brien climbed all over Oates inside the area.
With the seconds ticking away, the deadlock was finally broken in the first minute of injury time when Lairds could only half clear a high ball into the area and Kamahl Whight pounced to rifle home from 15 yards.
Trafford could have added to their tally with Oates twice going close but their faithful fans were delighted to hear the final whistle not only to celebrate three superb points but also to get into the warmth of the clubhouse.
Trafford will be hoping to complete a league double on Saturday when Woodley Sports are the visitors to Shawe View, the two sides having met on January 21 when Trafford were victorious by two goals to nil. Then on Tuesday night Trafford make the long journey to Lancaster City for a league encounter kicking off at 7-45 pm.
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