Non-league Matters: Passing football philosophy won’t be abandoned by Trafford boss Garry Vaughan

By Ross McLean

Trafford manager Garry Vaughan insists his commitment to the football philosophy he feels passionate about will remain intact until the season’s final whistle.

Despite losing out to table-topping Skelmersdale United earlier this week, the Flixton-based club are flying and are third in the Evo-Stik League Division One (North).

The former FC United reserve team manager insists he knows his own mind and is unrelenting in his desire to play a brand of football he and his coaching staff believe in.

“It has taken us 18 months to get the style of football we want to play into the players’ heads,” he said.

“Our training sessions are basically walking through the style of football we like to play.

“We don’t like the big ball, we like to get it down, play from the keeper and then move it through the middle third.

“Then, hopefully Michael Oates is on the end of everything we produce.”

Trafford’s defeat to Skelmersdale on Tuesday was only their third this season and their first at Shawe View, with an away fixture at Burscough looming large this weekend.

Mid-table Linnets have enjoyed an upturn of form lately, becoming the first team to take maximum points off Tommy Lawson’s Skelmersdale last month.

“Every game is tough and Burscough on Saturday will be no exception,” he added.

“They seem to be having an up and down sort of season but on their day I think they can turn anyone over.”

And this is something Vaughan will be keen to avoid as his charges look to return to winning ways and keep the pressure on teams above.

Trafford’s manager is the club’s second longest serving player as well as its record goalscorer, and he is aware his side’s lofty league position means they are a scalp.

“Every team we play is going to come and try to spoil the party so that is a pressure my players have to deal with mentally.

“The away form has been good this season and I think it’s down to the formula and the way we play.

“If we lose, we lose but we have lost three of 24 so we are doing something right and we will not change.”

Elsewhere in Evo-Stik League Division One (North), play-off chasing New Mills entertain Skelmersdale while Curzon Ashton host Farsley.

Ramsbottom United welcome Harrogate Railway Athletic to The Harry Williams Riverside Stadium.

Salford City head to Clitheroe, Radcliffe Borough host Lancaster City while second-placed Mossley play Wakefield at Seel Park.

In the Evo-Stik Premier League, FC United of Manchester have an opportunity to steal a march in the promotion race as the Red Rebels head to Marine.

Danny Johnson’s Ashton United are also on the road and head to Derbyshire where Ilkeston lie in wait.

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