Signol Athletic v Trafford United

2.30pm  17 December 2017

Lancashire and Cheshire Amateur League, Division One
Signol Athletic 3 Trafford United 4 (att 6)

A thoroughly entertaining 90 minutes ended in a surprise defeat for division leaders Signol, only their second loss of the season in the league.

It looked likely to be a routine home win when a well-struck shot put Signol ahead after just two minutes, but a sign of what was to come followed very soon after, as Trafford United equalised before the game had reached its fifth minute.

Both sides played some decent football, making good use of the artificial surface, and Signol got back in front only to concede again just before half time.

The second period picked up where the first had ended, with more goals quickly flowing. It was Trafford's turn to go in front, after 46 minutes, but three minutes later a penalty for Signol levelled the score at 3-3.

Signol Athletic may have been the fancied team but it was Trafford who scored next, for what turned out to be the game's decisive goal.

Venue was 'pitch 10' at Stockport Sports Village in Woodley. Pitch one is home to Stockport Town, although it was being used by Cheshire League AFC Macclesfield while my game was in progress. It's barely recognisable from my 1998 visit to watch Woodley Sports.

Pitch 10 is the only other full size artificial pitch (numbers two to nine are mini pitches, number 11 is grass and looks just about full size). Not an interesting venue, but I didn't have time to travel far, and it was a great game to watch.

Google Maps hasn't yet caught up with the expansion of Stockport Sports Village, but click here for a map of the location of Signol's pitch

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