Winsford United 0 Trafford 3
The Blues went into the hat for the Vodkat League Cup quarter finals with a fine display and thanks to a dogged defence they became the first team to prevent Trafford scoring for the first time this season.
With five key players unavailable it looked a daunting task for the visitors but they held their nerve and in the end ran out comfortable winners.
It looked so different early on with the talented Trafford team launching attack after attack on the Blues goal but they found Michael Langley in top form as he made saves from Scott Metcalfe, Harry Winter, Chris Mackay and Gareth Thomas, all in the first 15 minutes.
Indeed it was 20 minutes before Winsford launched their first serious raid but it proved vital with goalkeeper Tom Read being shown the red card for handling outside his area.
A long through pass was being chased by Les Miranda when Read came out of his area to meet the ball but a bad bounce saw it strike his left hand.
The referee decided it was deliberate and so had no choice but to show him the red card. Lee Southwood took the keeper’s jersey but it made little difference.
The hosts as they continued to pound the Winsford goal, but the Blues defence was well organised and kept them at bay. As half time approached Chris Adams squared up to Phil Mason who retaliated and both players were dismissed.
The game settled down in the second half and Winsford began to launch some serious attacks of their own leading to them taking the lead on 51 minutes. Thompson’s shot was the first threat stand-in custodian Southwood had faced and although he did well to save at the foot of the post Les Miranda followed up to notch his 23rd goal of the season.
Ten minutes later it was two when Thompson won his battle with Simon Woodford on the edge of the area but was promptly pulled back and the Referee pointed to the spot. Thompson took the ball himself and confidently rolled it into the right corner of the net. The numbers of players on each side was levelled up on 70 minutes when John Bluck reacted to being fouled by stupidly charging into his opponent right in front of the Referee.
Trafford were far from finished but most of their efforts were long range shots that either missed the target or were saved by Langley. Any doubt about the winners disappeared on 83 minutes when Thompson broke clear down the right and his pass inside was collected by Ross Kennedy who neatly lobbed the ball over Southwood and into the net via the post. Winsford were now determined to keep a clean sheet and thanks to a couple more saves by Langley and a spectacular goal-line clearance by Michael Owen they achieved this.
United are at home to Colne on Saturday.