Trafford 3-0 Lancaster City

Lee Dodgson returned to Lancaster City in the defeat to Trafford on Saturday.

Lee Dodgson returned to Lancaster City in the defeat to Trafford on Saturday.

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Shawe View has never been a happy hunting ground for Lancaster City.

With just one win at Trafford back in 2009, the high-flying and free-scoring hosts provided a tough challenge for City and despite the final scoreline, it could have so easily been an entirely different result.

Without the injured in-form duo Danny Gregson and Rob Wilson, City were forced to chop and change. Darren Green moved into midfield and Ben Hudson returned to the line-up at right back whilst Lee Dodgson played up front with Tom Kilifin on his return to the club.

The unsettled line-up looked shaky from the offset and Trafford took advantage taking the lead on just seven minutes.

Tom Schofield on the left flank cut past Hudson with ease and drove a low shot that was well-saved by Danny McDonald but Kamahl Whight was the first to react and he stroked the ball into the empty net.

With their lead, Trafford sat back but City failed to create any meaningful chances. Tom Kilifin and Jake Simpson both missed the target with half chances, whilst wayward passes and a deep midfield line ensured a drab first half for the visitors.

Trafford almost doubled their lead just before half-time when ex-Halifax midfielder Shelton Payne was played in one-on-one with McDonald but the City stopper saved smartly to his right to keep the deficit at one at the break.

City played with more intent after the interval and were unlucky not to get any reward for their dominance early in the second period.

They did get the chance to equalise on 65 minutes when Dodgson was played clean through, only to see a hard, low effort well saved by Trafford keeper Tom Read.

The rebound fell right at the feet of Dodgson whose second shot still didn’t beat a sprawling Read with the second rebound hitting the leg of the City striker and rolling wide.

It wasn’t to be City’s day and a defensive lapse minutes later doubled Trafford’s advantage.

Payne’s cross wasn’t cleared and fell to Martyn Andrews on the edge of the six-yard box who had the simple task of thumping the ball into the back of the net. Lancaster nearly claimed what would have been a deserved consolation when Dave Swarbrick’s lopped header was just clawed off the line by the impressive Read. Trafford added the gloss with a third in the last minute, Andrews needing two attempts to beat McDonald one-on-one, but he had the time and space to collect the rebound and put the game beyond doubt at 3-0.

Despite the scoreline there were plenty of positives to take into Tuesday night’s first round Doodson Sport Cup tie with Curzon Ashton.

Lancaster City: McDonald 7, Hudson 6, Winter 6, Marshall 6, Elderton 6, Simpson 6, Green 6, Stringfellow 7, Wainwright 7 (McKenna), Dodgson 7, Kilifin 6 (Swarbrick). Subs not used: Bradley, Naylor.

Star man: Danny McDonald – A series of great saves and a solid all-round performance.