Traco Athletic recorded their first win of a new campaign that seems to be full of hope and optimism following a summer of rebuilding as Spartans played as the hosts of this league clash.
The visitors broke the deadlock with the game less than 10 minutes old, as “Capitano” Leon Jelly feeds Cain Fitzsimons through the left middle sector, who burst through and sneakily dinked the ball home up and over the Spartans goalkeeper to fire Traco into an early lead.
It was soon two as roughly ten minutes following this, Jelly provided the assist, in playing in Joe Chuter, whose spectacular effort looped into the top corner as he wheeled away to celebrate Traco’s second.
Spartans pegged one back on the verge of half-time. An opposing striker skipped past a couple, just about upheld the challenge of Macauley Pond, with advantage being applied and allowing the ‘enemy’ to drill it home past an on-rushing Gittoes.
With my excellent services being called upon to run the line, the second half coverage grounded to an absolute halt.
In the second half, there was understandably some frustration among the Traco Athletic camp when the home side found the leveller in the 66th minute, before Traco put the game to bed in the latter stages of the game.
Rob Benjamin, aka ‘Bamby’, was supplied by Chuter, as his worldie of a strike sailed home and then, you would never have thought this name would ever be on the scoresheet, due to being an unfortunate Southampton fan… Mark Tabner hit up Saints fan Jon Butt, who smashed it into the roof of the net from around the penalty mark after some neat build-up play by Traco and a brilliantly squared ball by summer signing, Tabbers.
Our first three points were in the bag, as Nick Brown’s TAFC held onto the 4-2 win against a respectable side.