TRAFFORD completed their pre-season programme with an excellent performance and a 2-1 win against BetVictor Premier Division Scarborough and can look forward to the forthcoming campaign with great confidence.

The hosts dominated the opening exchanges with Sam Grimshaw firing just wide of the far post in the eighth minute and Boro keeper Tom Taylor saving a Joel Amado effort two minutes later.

Grimshaw curled another drive inches wide in the 18th minute and Darius Palma broke clear shortly afterwards but Taylor blocked at point-blank range.

In the 36th minute, Palma atoned for that earlier miss when he gave Trafford the lead, coolly slotting the ball past the advancing Taylor after the hosts had sliced the Boro defence wide open.

The visitors came out for the second half in a much more determined mood and, boosted by a number of substitutions, began to show their pedigree, and in the 56th minute they levelled when Michael Coulson headed home at the far post following a slick move down the left.

Trafford once more assumed control and in the 78th minute the impressive Grimshaw released Kayde Coppin, who saw his initial shot blocked by Taylor but had the wherewithal to head the rebound into the empty goal.

In the 82nd minute Adam Farrell should have made it 3-1 when he collected a misplaced header by Boro defender Ellis Barkworth, but he hesitated and saw his shot deflected wide.

The final whistle signalled a superb victory for Tom Baker’s side but they must now focus their attentions on their league programme which begins on Saturday with a tricky trip to Tadcaster Albion.

Then, on Tuesday night, Trafford host Workington at the Home Estates Shawe View Stadium, kick off 7.45pm.