Trafford Stun Clitheroe as Blues Suffer First Defeat

Written by: Connor Williams

The Blues winning start to the season ended this weekend with a draw to Trafford at home.

Despite the Manchester clubs’ best efforts to end Clitheroe’s undefeated streak, the Lancashire club showed real fight to come back in this thrilling four-goal game.

With the rain pounding down on Shawbridge, the Blues showed their fighting spirit to claim a point and climb up to fourth in the Northern Premier League North-West Division.

David Lynch’s men were on the back foot as Trafford looked to rile up the home by opening the scoring.

Max Hazeldine’s deflected shot managed to drift past Chris Thompson into the Clitheroe goal just four minutes into the game.

Hazeldine nearly added to his tally as a miscommunication in the Clitheroe defence left the striker one on one but couldn’t find the back of the net.

The early goal was a wake up for the hosts and were close to equalising in the form of Terry Cummings. Trafford keeper Matt Cooper fumbled a shot from Eddie Maecio and Cummings jumped on the chance putting it in the net before the assistant flagged for offside. 

Cummings didn’t have to wait long to get his goal as he found the back of the net on the stroke of halftime.

The goal came after another slip from Cooper who was unable to control a shot from Kielen Adams effort leading to Cummings slotting the ball past him.

After a contested second-half Hazeldine added to his account after converting a penalty, leaving the host with 30 minutes to recover.

Clitheroe found their way back into the game after another penalty. Connor Gaul was brought down in the area leaving the referee with no choice but to point to the spot. Gaul converts as cool as you like.

The Blues turned up the pressure in search for a winner after a fantastic Danny Pilkington freekick caused Cooper to once again mishandled the save.

After a game of mishandling the ball, Cooper came through for his team as he saved them the point in the dying moments. Substitute Craig Hobson drives the ball at the back post forcing Cooper to pull off a fantastic save to save his side the point and deny Clitheroe a 100% record.