On a great day for rugby, played at Trafford MV’s tremendous new club house and facilities on Oct 8, Hawcoat Park turned on a tremendous performance for 60 minutes and with a score at one point 10 – 34 – however MV were not to be outdone altogether as they fought back to a grandstand finale.
Hawcoat made a great start scoring in the first minutes when the ball was quickly moved through hands to winger Glenn Kaighan who beat his man on the outside before passing inside to George Smith who touched down on his Hawcoat Park debut, Howden converted 0 – 7.
The tone was set for the first 30 minutes of the first half with Hawcoat dominating. MV’s defence was strong but was working overtime to keep out the visitors at bay. The pressure eventually told as centre Chris Burns ran well into space to touch down from 30 metres. Howden converted and soon after added a 30 metre penalty kick 0 – 17.
Park lost scrum half Sam Hilton following a knock to the head and this was soon follows by MV prop Paul Davenport with a red card when out of frustration he threw a punch in front of the ref who indicated he had no option but to dismiss him. The game was evened up for 10 minutes when Hawcoat skipper Danny White received a yellow for a high tackle.
In this spell leading up to half time Trafford finished strongly with centre Ed Brady running strongly to touch down for a try. This was converted by Pat Eccles who soon added added a penalty for a half time score of 10 – 17, a result of some resolute defence by the home side.
Hawcoat Park started the second half as strongly as the first and good handling and support play was proving too hot for Trafford to handle and three scores followed for Priss, Mowatt and Smith, Howdens kicking opened the gap to 10 -34.
Trafford were not giving up the fight and came right back and created a good try with prop Joe Cooper touching down under the posts for a Pat Eccles converted try, 17 – 34.
Mallinson scored Hawcoats sixth try after picking the ball up at the base of the scrum and going on the blind side 17 – 39.
The rest of the game was all Trafford who clearly decided upon an initial strategy of running everything to try and get a bonus point for four trys and then quickly realised a further bonus point for finishing within 7 points of our score was on.
With their lively scrum half Pat Eccles and a mobile back row led by Danny Burke 3 good tries followed. Back row John Feldman showed strength and determination for his, Pat Eccles used his close sniping skills and Zac Crabb used his pace in open play.Pat Eccles kicking 7 out of 7 took the game right to the wire as Manchester Society referee John Pemberton blew time on a thrilling game at 38-39 to Hawcoat Park.
Both sides are going to have to learn to finish off games in this very competitive North Lancs/Cumbria league , this was MV’s second consecutive single point loss, although this was brilliant game to watch certainly for the neutrals.
The 2 losing bonus points saw MV climb above last seasons title contenders Littleborough into 9th position in the Lancs / Cumbria League and they now have a break before they meet current league leaders Fleetwood on Oct 22nd at MacPherson Park.
Mini / Junior Rugby is in full flow at Trafford MV on Sunday mornings at 10.30am for all children from 4 years upwards – 10.30am at M33 6LR. Contact the Club on 0161 973 7061
(Match Report: Wilf Dooley)
(Images: Trafford MV)