Skem Stunned By Terrific Trafford
Skelmersdale United 1 Trafford 6
After a tumultuous 2018, the new year began in a similar vain for United as they were thrashed 6-1 at home to Trafford.
Assistant manager Warren Jones took charge of the team while Paul McNally had family commitments and welcomed Oliver Van Veen back from injury, Liam Boden deputising in goal after injury to Terry Smith while Ben Jago began his second United spell on the bench.
United suffered an early blow as Trafford opened the scoring in the fifth minute, Daniel Wilkins sashaying through midfield and sliding a pass through the United defence to Matty Bryan who advanced on goal and slotted past Liam Boden for 1-0.
Bryan tried his luck again minutes later after beng picked out by Lewis Nightingale's pass but this time his shot was saved by Boden. Trafford doubled their lead on 18 minutes as Ross Davidson latched on to a lofted pass and crossed low for Declan Rydings who evaded the challenge of John Keatley before rounding Boden and tappping in for 2-0.
Nightingale drew a low capture from Boden before Thomas Grimshaw clipped an effort narrowly past the target at the other end. The visitors should have made it 3-0 on 40 minutes after a clever run for Wilkins saw him squaring to Rydings who with Boden beaten blazed over from close range.
Trafford continued to threaten the United defensive line and in the final minutes of the half, Nightingale lofted a pass for Bryan who collected, dashed towards goal and squared looking for Rydings who was denied a chance by superb defence by Dave Moore before a clever one-two between Wilkins and Nightingale saw the former send a shot over the bar.
The second half saw a similar start for United to the first as they conceded in the fifth minute of the period, Davidson collected a one-two on the edge of the area before being felled by Matty Coughlan with the official pointing to the spot, Nightingale stepped up and fired past Boden for 3-0. United's best chance to open their account came on the hour as a low cross from Coughlan was poorly cleared to Alex Griffiths who forced a fingertip save from Elliot Wynne.
Any hopes of a United comeback were dashed on 65 minutes as Wilkins' aerial pass saw Bryan beat the offside trap to collect and advance on goal before slotting in for 4-0. Trafford were denied a fifth on 73 minutes as Bryan's lob beat Boden but cannoned off the bar with a spectacular goal-line clearance from substitute Lewis Welsh denying Wilkins' rebounded effort.
However, the fifth did come for the visitors four minutes later as Curtis Jones rose highest from a corner to head past Boden. The reverse meeting between the sides saw Aaron Burns come off the bench to score in a 5-1 win but this time it was to make it 6-0 as he collected a pass in space to slot past Boden on 87 minutes.
United had the last say on the scoreline as substitute Ben Jago's free-kick caused a scramble for the Trafford defence before a headed clearance was fired back in by Ronan Darcy to create a second scramble which saw Griffiths aiming at goal and seeing his effort cross the line for 6-1.
The final whistle sounding seconds after the restart left United with a lot to improve on before the next game which sees them visit Newcastle Town next weekend.
Skelmersdale United- Boden, Coughlan, O'Hara, Moore, Keatley, Molyneux (c), Griffiths, Grimshaw (Welsh 46), Van Veen (Jago 46), Darcy, Giverin (Douglas 65). Subs not used- Cliff, Dunne.
Trafford- Wynne, Brown (c), Palma, Palmer, Jones, Moore, Wilkins, Davidson (Langford 67), Bryan, Nightingale (Burns 76), Rydings (Dorney 76). Subs not used- O'Brien, Caldecott.