Trafford MV welcomed keen rivals Aldwinians to MacPherson Park on a blustery wet afternoon which was always going to influence the match.
The game opened with MV taking play to the visitors and getting an early reward with a well struck penalty from Pat Eccles 3-0. Alwinians rallied and came back at MV with a period of sustained pressure but difficult handling conditions and stout MV defence kept them at bay.
To MV’s credit they managed to take benefit from the occasions they did get in good positions to come away with points as 2 more penalties were conceded by Aldwinians and Eccles accurate with the boot made it 9-0 at the half time break.
MV were in front but Aldwinians had earned a fair share of possession so the game was still finely balanced.
The second half saw both sides battling out a good game of rugby although both sides were a little shabby in ball retention and MV losing ball in key plays when phases should have been worked through and pressure intensified.
MV earned another penalty shot which struck the upright and came back to MV who moved the ball quickly to winger Dom West who bounced over in the corner for the referee to disallow what looked a perfectly good score for a double movement.
This was a to prove a crucial decision from the match official. Aldwinians always knew they had a chance at 9-0 and as the late afternoon gloom was gathering they took their opportunity.
A steady period of good possession saw ball moved through hands for a try on the left and a difficult conversion successfully kicked 9-7 with 6 minutes to go. It was now desperate defence for MV as they struggled with Aldwinians launching attack after attack.
The irony of the referees earlier decision was now to become apparent as with 3 mins left Alwinians were tackled just short of the MV line and made the line with what did seem to be a double movement.
This time the referee awarded the score as disbelieving onlookers from both teams supporters reacted as opposites ! Again a good kick secured the goal and the game at 9-14.
This was a game that MV could really have done with winning and these narrow defeats are seeming to be habitual and with tough games coming up points are proving hard to get for MV.
Trafford 2nd XV won 5-45 at Liverpool St Helen’s and MV third team won 26-7 against local rivals Bowdon.
MV will be looking for the 6 Nations Championship to give an exciting upsurge in rugby interest over the coming weeks and the club would encourage anyone with an interest in playing to come along to Tues/Thurs training at M33 6LR at 6.45pm.
(By Wilf Dooley)
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