Trafford MV finally found their rhythm and an opportunity to open up and add a bit of gloss to their game plan, Burnley RFC, missing a couple of regulars were the unlucky recipients in a 64-12 trouncing at MV’s MacPherson Park.
The game had only just started and the spectators still gathering as right-wing James Matthie outflanked his opposite number to cruise in for Pat Eccles conversion to be a formality 7-0. Danny Burke, who went on to have a fine game followed up with a try of his own after breaking a tackle.
Pat Eccles was again on hand to convert 14-0. You could see MV’s confidence growing as the less intense pressure couldn’t contain them, MV were moving the ball at will and Matthie was again there to use his pace and power to burst through the line wide on the right touching down in the corner, Eccles kick was short leaving score at 19-0.
Playmaker stand-off Stuart Crampton was probing for options and a nice delayed kick through put Jamie Kingdon away again down the right, Eccles struck his kick well but hit an upright 24-0.
A further nail was slammed into Burnleys coffin as Kindon caught the return kick off and powered up the middle of the pitch scattering the flailing defence to score under the posts 31-0 at the interval.
Switching ends made very little difference as Centre Matt Coxon broke free early to score an unconverted try after some good handling 36-0, a whitewash was looking on the cards at this stage.
The centre partnership worked well for MV and it was not long before powerhouse inside centre Andrew Moore bulldozed over from close range followed promptly be Coxon again.
Danny Burke had taken over the kicking duties, as Eccles was rested, converting both tries to bring the 50 mark up. It was only now that MV relaxed and let their control slip to allow Burnley to collect 2 consolation scores to brighten their afternoon.
MV, not to be outdone, ran in two late tries from Gaz Bevan and Andy Quigley, Burke converting to end the days play at 64-12, this healthy 4 try bonus point win allowed MV to jump up to 7th position in the Lancs / Cumbria League.
MV have now won 5 games on the bounce and will be confident going into this weekends game against near neighbours relegated Eccles who are currently sitting 11th with only 1 win from last 5 games. If MV keep their good form going a top half finish is within reach and good performances in some key games could put a top 5 ambition in sight.
On Sat Nov 18th MV are holding an Australia themed Beer Festival to co-incide with the England vs Australia Autumn International. The Festival is open to all with a £5 admission and MV are hoping to welcome some Trafford based Antipodeans through their door. The festival opens at 12 noon.
(By Wilf Dooley)
(Image: Matt Coxen)