The 1st XV played away at Aldwinians and were looking to turn the tide after a run of 8 defeats and to prevent a significant gap opening between the bottom 4 and the rest of the league – MV now sit in 10th place.
Whilst Sale was engulfed in thick fog MV turned out in bright crisp conditions in Audenshawe.
The home side struck early as MV showed some slack tackling and quickly led 7-0. The game was well contested with both sides looking to establish a good foothold but neither side was dominant.
Late in the first half MV came right back into it with Jamie Kingdon out muscling his opposite number to force over down the right flank to give a 7-5 half time score.
Alwinians opened the second half as they did the first, finding a gap in MV’s midfield to break down the middle and good support going in under the posts the conversion made it 14-5.
MV were in the game however and good field position brought penalties as a reward with Pat Eccles keeping MV in the frame.
Aldwinians hit MV with a try which was quickly nullified as Pat Eccles had a clearance kick charged down only to pick up the stray ball and sprint 50 metres.
It was then down to debuting colt Tom Quealy to cap a solid game as he crashed over to give MV the game 22-24. MV’s turn to be on the winning side of a narrow victory.
On Sunday MV’s Senior U17’s Colts hosted neighbours Sale FC and both sides were keen to take up the challenge.
Early pressure from Sale brought penalties which gave them a 0-6 lead which was narrowed before half time as Greg Warren pulled one back for MV at 3-6.
MV had defended well and were stopping Sales strong runners from breaking their line. Better discipline in the second half saw MV influence the game more.
A good forward effort gave MV decent possession and it was captain and number 8 Tom Quealy who capped a man of the match performance with two tries following determined powerful runs.
Warren added a conversion to give MV a deserved 15-6 win and bragging rights in this local derby game.
Trafford MV are looking for teenage rugby players to join their squads at all age levels – if you are keen to get involved in competitive sport with a local club contact Greg on 07834 857905
(By Wilf Dooley)