TRAFFORD slipped to sixth place in Evo-Stik West following Saturday’s disappointing goalless draw at lowly Glossop North End.

The uneven playing surface made creative possession football difficult and Glossop’s physical, aggressive, and at times defensive, approach prevented Trafford from playing in their usual free-flowing style.

Neither goalkeeper was tested in a dour first half in which the only attempts at goal were a long-range drive by Trafford midfielder Harry Winter and a shot by home striker Dominic Marie, both of which flew over.

A deep cross by Matty Bryan to the back post was a moment of rare quality but Chris Palmer failed to connect properly and the danger was cleared.

The second half was hardly any better as both defences dominated and after Trafford’s Aaron Burns fired an angled drive just over, Lewis Nightingale wasted a free kick from a great position with a weak effort into the defensive wall.

Nightingale screwed his shot wide after neat work by Burns and the game erupted in the 76th minute when Glossop substitute Mitch Bryan stupidly kicked out at Andy Langford and was immediately red-carded.

Despite this, the 10 men of Glossop held on to claim a point with relative ease, the visitors' only chance of any note being a header by Langford that was blocked by a home defender with Burns almost inevitably blasting the rebound well over.

The final whistle signalled a third consecutive and frustrating draw for Tom Baker’s side and they will be hoping to arrest this sequence on Saturday when they host Droylsden at the First Point Shawe View Stadium, kick off 3pm.