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Durham City -V- Trafford
Durham City -V- Trafford
Date: Sat 23rd Apr 2011
Time: 15:00
Attn: 84
Location:
Durham City
0
Trafford 2
Evo-Stik First Division North 23 April 2011 Abject City given an object lesson by Ken Milgate Durham City 0 Trafford 2 Shannon 20 Whight 35 Trafford\'s simple but highly effective passing game contrasted starkly with City\'s lofted passes in hope rather than anticipation; the visitors thoroughly deserved their win while City got off comparatively lightly with a dismal performance. In the first minute David Dowson ruffled the side netting after taking a Stephen Thompson pass in his stride before Danny Shannon\'s left-foot drive from the edge of the box lacked the power to trouble James Winter. Long-range efforts on both sides proved ineffective: John Buckley hit a thirty yarder way over the bar before Tommy English gave Greg Hall a comfortable save from distance. Trafford opened the scoring with a classic right-wing move: Kamahl Whight outstripped the defence before whipping over a low cross from which Shannon scored inside the near post from close range. But for James Winter\'s legs Joe Shaw would have doubled the advantage just before the half hour, the chance again the result of excellent wing play by Whight. Thompson hit a long-range pile-driver straight at Hall before a static City defence allowed Whight to stroke home an easy goal after attractive Trafford inter-passing inside the box. Hall it was who pulled off a great save to deny City a goal three minutes before the break when Amar Purewal let fly from the corner of the box before Shaw shot straight at City\'s keeper in a breakaway attack. A poorly-directed clearance in the opening minute of the second half gave Shaw an empty goal to aim at, but fortunately for City his first-time effort sailed over the bar, but Whight hit the bar following a goalmouth scramble on 49minutes. On the hour Dowson\'s shot from the edge of the box following a corner lacked power to beat Hall, and James Winter was untroubled when palming down Shaw\'s long-range effort two minutes later. Trafford were enjoying the lion\'s share of possession without creating chances as City found some late energy, Amar Purewal forcing Hall to tip over an effort from way out. The match was into stoppage-time before City got their act together, Ross Wilkinson turning and hitting a shot against the bar after an English free-kick had been tipped over for a corner, and sub Conor Winter forcing Hall to concede a corner with a close-range shot near the post. City lacked any appetite for a contest this afternoon, but thankfully the end of the season is only two matches away. Durham City James Winter, Parker, Harbord (Cutts 52), Stephenson, Wilkinson, Arjun Purewal, Home-Jackson (Conor Winter 72), English, Dowson (Pounder 65), Thompson, Amar Purewal Subs not used Lewis Graham, Evann Graham Yellow card Andrew Stephenson (84) Man of the match Ross Wilkinson Trafford Hall, Mason, Ashton, Wheeler, Bayunu, Buckley, Whight (Jon Paul Caruana), Shaw, Shannon, Gallanders, Freaks (Collier 72) Subs not used Stephen Thompson, Tom Bentham, Paul Socha Man of the match Simon Gallanders
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