FT: Trafford MV 47-12 Upper Eden
In bright dry spring conditions Trafford MV welcomed a youthful Upper Eden 1st XV to MacPherson Park, Sale. MV were full of expectation as their Former Players Association gathered on the touchline adding vocal support to the regular spectators with vital points at stake and both teams fighting to the safety of a non-relegation spot.
The big crowd were not to be disappointed as MV continued their good form of recent weeks to secure their 3rd win on the bounce.
It was clear from the opening whistle that MV were single minded in their approach, the forwards were looking powerful in the set pieces, the back row aggressive in both attack and defence and the back line were probing and stretching play at every opportunity.
Once again MV were giving their young Colts players the experience of 1st XV Rugby with Greg Warren and Henry Brownlow featuring, play had not been going long when MV’s powerhouse winger Jamie Kingdon broke away to open the scoring for Pat Eccles to convert 7-0 for MV.
Andrew Moore, always solid in the centre, worked hard in defence and was rewarded when he took a crash ball and burst through close to the posts Eclles again adding the extras 14-0.
Upper Eden were playing competitively but MV definitely had the edge and hooker Ross Anderson crossed again for MV, the conversion was missed 19-0. The visitors kept chipping away at MV however and they were rewarded for their efforts with a converted try 19-7.
The second half continued much as the first with MV forcing play and taking the game hard at the visitors, with a point to prove after a sloppy performance away from home resulting in an early season defeat.
MV chose to keep ball in hand and found a good combination of power and pace in the back line. Winger Zac Crabb has that electric turn of pace and when the gap came he was away sprinting a good 40 yards outpacing the defence, Eccles again converted 26-7. Number 8
Danny Burke capped his recent return from injury with a good frowards trt drining hard and taking men over the line with him, Eccles slotted the kick easily 33-7.
Power and pace were shown again as Moore powred his way over and Crabb weaved his way through a desperate defence to add MV’s final try from 7 scored. Eccles converted both tries making it 47-7.
As MV settled on their haunches with time running out the visitors rewarded themselves with a late tray which was just reward for their efforts all afternoon in trying to contain a dominant Trafford MV.
It looks like MV may now have done enough to secure another season in the tough Lancashire / Cumbria League but with tough away games to come and only on home game out of 4 they cannot expect to take results for granted and must maintain their good levels of competitiveness in all games.
Next on the fixture list is an away trip this weekend to fourth placed Wigton, who won at MV 27-32 back in September.
MV hosted their first pre-match Chairmans Lunch attended by Club Officials from the visiting team, Lancashire RFU and Club sponsors as well as representatives of the Former Players Association and guests.
The Club are looking for local business interests to get behind their local rugby union Club and sponsor games, events and players for the coming season – for further details contact Wilf Dooley 01942 884542 or email@example.com
(Reported by Wilf Dooley)