Despite atrociously wet weather a large home crowd, enhance by a number of former players from across the decades, gathered to welcome visitors from Barrow-in-Furness, Hawcoat Park.
A strong breeze together with the rain made catching and handling difficult for both sides and numerous errors scattered the game as the Durham exchange referee tried to allow the game to flow.
The visitors probably had the better of the early exchanges as they sought to upset form and get off the foot of the table. MV however defended solidly and thwarted any attack thrown at them.
The opportunity to kick with the wind to relieve pressure and gain good ground was not taken by MV as they attempted to keep ball in hand and run out of defence.
MV were first off the mark when some good forward interplay kept pushing the visitors defence back and it was eventually Andrew Clegg who got across the line after several drives had been stopped in their tracks.
Stand Off Stuart Crampton converted 7-0 to MV. The home side were getting plenty of possession however they were not in their most dangerous form as attacking lines were somewhat predictable.
However there was enough in the armoury to create the space for Jamie Kingdon to get on the score sheet once again, too far out to be converted to go 12-0 ahead. Without good control of territory there was always a danger and as half-time approached Hawcoat managed to get right back in the game with a well taken try, converting it to go into the break 12-7 behind.
In the second half playing into the wind and rain the odds looked stacked against MV however with the support of the soaked supporters the team did just enough to squeeze in for a third try, this time from centre Andrew Moore. Neither side could muster up enough good ball to earn any more points and so the final score was set at 17-7 which nudged MV up a place to 10th in the table above nearby Eccles.
This weekend Trafford MV will make the short hop to Aldwinians, in Audenshaw, who are 2 places above MV and definitely watchable.
MV are keen to recruit keen local amatuer Rugby players who feel they can add to MV’s challenge in the Lancashire / Cumbria League – contact Greg on 07834-857905 if you are interested in playing for Trafford MV.
(By Wilfred Dooley)
(Image: Trafford MV try scorer Andrew Clegg)