Harrogate Railway 0 – 5 Trafford

17 April 2016

A controversial early red card for Simon Parkes paved the way for Trafford to record a one-sided 5-0 win at Station View.

Connor Martin followed up Aaron Burns’ free kick immediately after the dismissal to give Tom Baker’s men the lead, before Christopher Palmer finished coolly three minutes later.

Burns converted from the spot six minutes after half time, while substitute Liam Davies made it four with another composed finish in the 64th minute.

Five minutes before the final whistle another substitute Mark Derbyshire put the icing on the cake with Trafford’s fifth, heading home from a corner.

Lee Ashforth made two changes from last weekend’s 4-1 win over New Mills replacing Charlie Clamp and the recalled Paul Beesley with Matty Lovegreen and George Mason.

Railway started well and went close through Harry Coates powerful strike, though Trafford looked equally threatening in the early stages as Andrew Langford headed wide at the back post.

With 12 minutes gone, Burns raced through on goal side by side with Parkes who looked to outmuscle his opponent with a shoulder to shoulder challenge only for the referee to deem the collision worthy of a straight red card.

Before the home side had chance to regroup, Burns stepped up and struck the resulting free kick towards Chandler Hallwood who kept out the effort, but couldn’t prevent Connor Martin burying the rebound.

Still coming to terms with the dismissal, Railway then found themselves two down when Palmer raced into the left channel space left by the departed Parkes and finished well.

Ashforth’s men soon regrouped and created a couple of chances themselves as George Mason tried an ambitious effort from 30 yards and Nathan Curtis beat three players before sending a teasing ball across the face of goal.

As the half continued, Trafford’s man advantage began to show with the visitors passing the ball around nicely and forcing Hallwood into a diving save to keep out Burns’ low strike.

Railway’s young stopper was called into action again before the half time whistle as he beat away Martin’s cheeky attempt to score at the near post.

Just six minutes after re-emerging for the second 45 Trafford were given the opportunity to add a third from the spot after Burns beat Hallwood to Lawrance Hunter’s back pass and went over the leg of the onrushing keeper.

Trafford’s number ten stepped up to take the kick and made no mistake in adding to the score-line with a low finish.
Stephen Bromley went close to pulling one back for Railway in the 62nd minute when he connected with Hunter’s inswinging cross, but could only divert the ball past the post.

Two minutes later and first half substitute Davies netted a fourth Trafford goal after Martin had turned provider with a well weighted through ball beyond the Railway backline.

The hosts continued to create good moments though, with Hunter curling over a well struck free kick and Chris Ovington’s replacement Harry Brown just a few feet away from converting Bromley’s cross.

The eighth placed visitors had two golden opportunities for a fifth when first, Derbyshire fluffed his lines from eight yards following Palmer’s pull back, then Burns was denied one-on-one by Hallwood who produced a fine save low to his left.

Substitute Derbyshire eventually added a fifth and final goal of the afternoon as he towered higher than anyone inside the box to head home in the 85th minute.

Harrogate Railway: Hallwood, Parkes, Hunter, Low, Lovegreen, Thirkell, Mason, Coates, Curtis, Ovington (Brown, 50), Bromley (Wood, 82)
Subs not used: Clamp, Mellor, Barrett
Sent off: Parkes
Trafford: Saunders, Jacobs, Neville, Langford, Granite, Ledson (Davies, 28), Palmer, Duggan, Martin (Derbyshire, 72), Burns, Horrocks (McDonagh, 63)
Subs not used: Spencer, Caldecott
Goals: Martin 13, Palmer 16, Burns 51, Davies 64, Derbyshire 85
Booked: Ledson, Burns, Duggan
Referee: A. Bannister

Report by Hal Boxhall-Dockree

Photography by Caught Light Photography

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