FT: Workington 22-52 Trafford MV
Reporter: Wilf Dooley
Once again brilliant sunshine welcomed Trafford MV to Cumbria, this time to The Ellis Sports Ground in Workington. MV had travelled with a strong squad and with the home side already doomed to relegation and bottom place in the League MV were in confident mood. Recent good form for MV, winning 6 from last 7 and poor home form, no wins in 2017 tells a story.
MV opened strongly taking the game to the home side but the game was typically end of season with both sides seeming to lack cohesion – as if the season had already finished – for some maybe it had ! MV scored early with winger Jamie Kingdon going powerfully outside his man to score out wide, the conversion missed 0-5 after 5 mins. Workington showed good early commitment and levelled as Campbell crossed the line on 24 mins 5-5.
MV scored 2 more unconverted tries in the first half, the 2nd try was a well worked handling move from MV breaking out of defence and leaving tacklers in their wake finished by Andrew Moore 5-10. Workington were not in the mood to roll over and on 37 minutes produced a nice try as Gorley fooled the Trafford backline with a dummy throw before quickly offloading the ball to Robinson who nipped in under the posts to give himself an easy conversion and put the Zebras ahead for the first time 12-10.
Then in first half stoppage time, came the game’s turning point when Trafford pushed forward before scoring their 3rd try, which was converted 12-17. The referee adjudged that home player Cape had caused deliberate obstruction just before the score and gave him a straight red card.
It was going to be an uphill struggle for Workington from this point and so proved 5 minutes into the second half as Trafford produced two tries through Stuart Crampton and Andy Quigley in as many minutes to seal a bonus point for themselves and open up a 12-29 lead.
Workington did their utmost to try to get back into the game but Trafford could now sense blood and stepped up a gear before cutting the Zebras defence to ribbons with 2 further of tries from John Kevan and Jack Gallagher, within 3 minutes that pretty much wrapped up victory with the score at 12-45
The match was now out of reach but Workington, playing for pride found Watkins on the end of a mazy break from defence to crashed over for his 3rd try of the season, this try went unconverted 17-45. Six minutes later it got better for the Zebras when after Trafford were reduced to 14 men themselves with a yellow card for Gareth Bevan and from the restart, a quick pass and move ended with Boyd crashing in the corner to secure Workington a bonus point of their own at 22-45.
But that was as good as it got for the home side as Trafford had the last word with a converted try 3 minutes from time by young and talented Greg Warren – who converted his own try – 22-52 to Trafford MV who finished the season in 10th place following promotion last season.
MV can be content with their season but must now commit to making a bigger impression next term. Realisation came too late that wins were there to be taken and close games in the first half of the season saw narrow defeats when victory was possible. The introduction of young talented Colts players added a spark of youthful endeavour to the team and balanced with the experience of veteran John Kevan mid way helped settle the ship when the chips were down. Player Coach Stuart Crampton directed well all season and the bite in the back row from Captain Andy Quigley, well recovered from knee surgery was there for all to see.
Trafford MV have an excellent youth section which has blossomed with this current crop of maturing players who will complete their Colts Rugby with an appearance in the Lancashire Plate Final on Sunday at Fleetwood against Tarleton. MV will be recruiting new players for both Senior and Youth teams over the Summer months and will be expecting the British Lions Tour to New Zealand to give a huge boost to the game. Play Rugby with your local Amateur Rugby Union Club – Trafford MV.