TRAFFORD stormed into a quick three-goal lead against Kendal Town last Saturday, and went on to win their latest NPL fixture 4-2.

It took just nine minutes to see the net shake, thanks to a penalty from Jack Dorney for the hosts.

A scramble in the area led to a handball, and Trafford’s player-coach stepped up, sending the keeper the wrong way.

Just six minutes later Trafford’s lead was doubled. A move through the heart of Kendal’s defence saw Mike Burke supply Max Hazeldine 20 yards out.

The Trafford number nine perfectly curled his strike into the top left corner beyond the dive of Kendal’s keeper Oliver Lombard.

Trafford were on the front foot for most of the first half, and on 33 minutes they went three goals ahead. A strike from Mike Burke was pushed wide by Lombard, and from Alfie Belcher’s corner Hazeldine headed his second of the match.

The visitors showed fight and determination, however, and scored two goals in rapid succession near the end of the first half.

Just three minutes after Hazeldine had put Trafford 3-0 up, Kendal broke away down the left. The cross found Matthew Marsh, whose shot took an unfortunate deflection off Trafford skipper Keil O’Brien to make it 3-1.

Four minutes later Trafford seemed to switch off again when a Kendal free-kick from the right found Darren Nightingale whose bullet header hit the top right corner of the net to give Danny Caldecott something to discuss with his players at half time.

The second half began exactly how the home side needed it to – just three minutes after the restart, Trafford’s lively number seven Belcher fired home his team’s fourth goal with an inch-perfect hit from the edge of the box into the bottom right corner.

The game then began to slow down and further goals looked less likely, although on 76 minutes Belcher looked certain to double his tally with a fine strike from 30 yards out, but Lombard made an excellent one-handed save.

The victory, played in front of a magnificent crowd of nearly 600, sees Trafford consolidate their position in fifth place ahead of another home game against 1874 Northwich on Saturday (3pm).