Donning their new Super 6 sponsored kit, Salford came into this, their final pre-season game of the summer with a massive hint of youth about them. I arrived around half an hour before kicked, I paid my £5 to get in and headed to the bar for a pint. On coming out of the clubhouse I looked across the pitch to see both team warming up, I recognised quite a few of the old Trafford lads but Salford’s team was very youthful.
There was only a couple of hundred people in the ground when I got there but more and more came in right up until kick off. I reckon there must have been close to 500 or so in there in total. Not a bad turn out at all and it’s always a good friendly atmosphere at Shawe View. I grabbed another drink before kick off and then found a good spot to stand just behind the Trafford’s goal and to the left.
Salford started the brighter but their big number 5 at the back seemed to take ten minutes or so to find his feet after numerous mis-kicks to begin with. Once he got settled though he looked fine and Salford had a few attacks down the right-hand side but nothing came of it. After ten minutes they finally got the ball down the left flank and their number 7 started to cause a bit or confusion. Eventually a goal did come on 13 minutes, Trafford and not got into the game at all and it was Salford’s left back that got forward and pulled the ball back for Anthony Dudley to slot home from about 16 yards.
Salford’s number 2 and right-back impressed me and stood out as a really good player, in particular getting forward and he nearly made it two but for a deflection. He was involved in making it 2-0 on 24 minutes when Dominic Hale curled a low effort in from twenty yards with left Trafford’s keeper and their number arguing with each other. After that though, Trafford got back into the game when they hit the woodwork but Salford were easily the better team in the first half and even hit the post themselves.
Into the second half, chances came for both teams and Trafford were definitely much better than they were in the first 45 minutes. However, even with Salford’s very young team they held out and kept a clean sheet. Both teams made loads of changes in the second half as well and as the sun light fell and the flood lights came on. The games finished at a slower pace but to be fair to both teams they were still trying to score.
A good game all round and my first live football match of this season was enjoyed. Trafford still have another pre-season game this Saturday against Evo Stik Premier League locals Altrincahm. Anyway, I finished my pint and headed off for one more in the Bird I’th Hand pub just down the road.