FT: Carlisle 60-3 Trafford MV
Match Reporter: Wilf Dooley
On a Lovely spring day, a Trafford MV 1st XV, ravaged by injury and unavailability due to the long journey, travelled to Carlisle in an effort to upset the party for the league leaders who needed a bonus point win to seal the championship.
Selection issues were clearly apparent with Captain Andy Quigley starting at scrum half with Pat Eccles at 10 and the 3 times retired Mark Hodgson being wheeled out once again!
Lovely conditions greeted the players off the coach and at kick off Carlisle threw everything they had at the away team. Trafford’s defence was resolute for the first 10 minutes, defending solidly however the pressure eventually told when Holmes crashed over from a catch and drive off a line out.
A second quickly followed when an MV kick out of defence was returned with interest for Carlisle centre Purdham to stroll in. Full back Rocke was next to score following a slick double miss pass to score in the corner.
Trafford had to defend from the kick offs and this, as it turned out, was to be the pattern of the game. When MV did get ball in hand and put more than 2 phases together they looked dangerous but this was all too infrequent. Carlisle sealed the bonus point with 4 try’s before the break going in 22 – 0 up.
The real problem for MV occurred just before the break when Hooker Ross Anderson had to move from the front row due to a neck injury. This meant that prop Joe Cooper had to move to hooker.
As a result of this disruption the MV scrum went from a position of parity to one of overwhelming weakness. It cost them dearly as a clear 4 try’s resulted as the ball was lost on their own put in at scrum time.
MV centre Matt Coxon did finish off a fine break by captain Quigley who had moved into the back row after a reorganisation and the 7 points was deserved for the effort the Trafford boys put in.
Trafford fought to the end but unfortunately Carlisle were not going to be outdone and scored with the last play of the match, the ginger winger Matty Roper coming in off his wing, running through 4 weary missed tackles to score under the posts.
Unfortunately the long away trip at the end of the season when Trafford are mathematically safe from the drop led to some players loosing focus at times but the team stuck at it until the end. Congratulations must go to Carlisle who deserve their position at the top of the league and promotion as champions.
MV take an Easter break as they look ahead to their final game of the season at Workington on April 22nd. They will be looking to field a stronger side to finish the season, hopefully in style, against the bottom of the table opposition.
Trafford MV will open their cricket season on April 22nd and are looking for new players to get involved with the Club – if you are interested in playing Cricket for a friendly local sports club contact Steve Haughton on 07514 073249