PREVIEW: Trafford (H)

The Rams welcome old foes Trafford FC to the Harry Williams Riverside Stadium to renew battles that began way back in the North West Counties League days.

Trafford, by their own standards, have had a mixed start to the campaign with three wins and three defeats from their opening six games, leaving them in 12th spot, and arrive on the back of an FA Cup defeat at Ashton United at the weekend.

Whilst that game was taking place, we were entertaining Clitheroe for the second time in four days, and after the Integro Cup defeat against our east Lancashire rivals, Saturday’s league game was a cracker. Spoils eventually shared, but we needed to come back from a 1-3 deficit with two late goals, to grab a well-deserved point which lifted us to 8th spot in the early season table.

Without Ryan Ellison, who has been in tremendous form, due to a family bereavement, Rob Henry and Tom Eckersley through late injury call-ups, and with their replacements unavailable, we had to contend with just one fit substitute on the bench, whilst Greg Daniels is still some way from being fit again.

Games between the two sides are generally close affairs, so it will be interesting to see which side comes out on top of what should be an entertaining local derby.