In far from perfect conditions MV took the field at Littleborough in heavy drizzle with a team not dissimilar to last weeks victorious XV. The home side opened strongly with good drives taking play deep into MV territory and a period of pressure won a deserved penalty converted by Taylor for an early 3-0 home lead.
In the conditions MV played a kicking game trying to force defensive errors however when ball was moved in hand MV looked dangerous and it was MV winger Jamie Kingdon that was first to cross the whitewash with a try down the right which Pat Eccles converted well to leap ahead 3-7.
Both teams were doing their best to master the conditions, but the slippy ball brought many handling errors. With half-time approaching Littleborough brought themselves right back into it with another Taylor penalty 6-7 at the break.
From an early defensive line-out Boro failed with a clearance kick which was collected by MV. A great running line off stand-off Stuart Crampton saw winger Jamie Kingdon take the ball at pace to burst through the defence for an excellent score, the conversion went astray from Eccles. MV now 6-12 ahead.
MV were enjoying the best of the game in both attack and defence at this stage and it was play maker Crampton who made the significant move. A nicely judged grubber kick into the left corner was chased by both attack and defence players with Kingdon again getting the favourable touch to collect his hat trick try.
The conversion again went wide and the score stood at 6-17. With pride at stake in front of their home crowd and a good MV travelling support Boro fought to get back in the game. Forcing a string of penalties MV were struggling to contain and with time running out it was winger Lloyd that got the home try with Taylor converting to finish at 13-17.
Trafford’s hat trick hero on the wing Jamie Kingdon was Man of the Match and MV can relax a little as they climb 2 places away from the bottom to sit level on points with Eccles in 12th place. Confidence is growing and with the next game against struggling Hawcoat Park in 2 weeks at home MV are looking up.
Off the field MV are busy building up to their big community social events with a Bonfire Night Special on Nov 4th and a Winter Ale Festival on Nov 18th – tickets for both events are now available.
(By Wilf Dooley)