Late goal blitz hands Traf the glory


FOUR second-half goals proved to be too much for Staxton as Trafalgar cantered to Kenward Cup victory yesterday.

The lopsided look of the score-line may be a little unfair on a battling Staxton side, but it was a gap that centred around the finishing quality of the Traf attackers.

Boss Liam Salt struck a couple, while there were also neat efforts from Joel Ramm, Sean Exley and Jamie Patterson.

The game could well have told a different tale had an early strike by Sean Dodson flown into the back of the net.

Instead, Dodson’s 30-yard drive smacked against the post, allowing Traf to break swiftly on the counter.

This attack resulted in a lofted cross to the back post where keeper Steve Janney failed to claim and Ramm poked home.

The chilly wind may have been whistling into the faces of the Traf lads, but this didn’t stop them creating the half’s more telling opportunities.

Dean Craig’s effort looped wide after he took advantage of some space, before Sean Exley raced clear and beat the keeper only for Nick Brunton to hook off the line.

Danny Price was a whisker away from doubling the lead after some fine link-up play with Ramm, but his effort struck the post.

Then at the other end, Mark Dove’s corner tested the strength of the woodwork, before bouncing away to safety.

Traf stepped up the pace further when the second half got underway, with Ramm almost immediately seeing his effort deflected just wide.

Janney hung onto Liam Salt’s drive, and he continued to earn his corn when gathering Price’s scuffed shot.

Staxton did create the odd highlight of their own, with the energetic Chris Dove slicing wide of Gaz Elwood’s goal.

The second Traf goal was always going to be the killer, and it ironically arrived in fortunate fashion just before the hour.

Exley was picked out in the box and his first-time strike bounced into the turf and ballooned up and over a stranded Janney.

A quick-fire treble followed, kicked off when Ramm picked out Liam Salt, who finished coolly.

The industrious Patterson was the next to register, when he charged onto a ball and powered his header home.

Liam Salt capped the scoring soon after, racing through on goal and slotting high into the net.

More chances followed for Traf in the last minutes, but Liam Salt and Exley failed to pile more agony onto an already stunned Staxton.