Trafford MV’s assault on the Lancs / Cumbria League continued on Saturday as a cold bright day was warmed with a 6th league win on the bounce for MV.
Eccles have struggled since being relegated into this league last season but MV had a job to do away from home and that mission was accomplished.
MV started very brightly as they followed the kick off with some very early pressure which resulted in an early penalty award, a quick tap by Pat Eccles brought the opening score as the home side were caught unawares.
He converted his own try for a 0-7 lead. He was instrumental again moments later as he put a probing kick through for Moore and Matthie to chase, the former collected and fed the latter who scored wide right to go 0-12 in front.
From this bright start MV appeared to think the job was done and the quality of play quickly deteriorated. The game settled into a forward battle, which suited Eccles limited style of play and to their merit they used this to the full working two tries themselves to excite the home crowd and come right back to 10-12.
With the game hanging so close both sides realised that a small advantage could be crucial and opted for shots at goal with MV kicking two and one for the home side for MV to ease 13-18 ahead, MV were then struck a blow as Eccles ploughed through the MV defence with a series of short drives that found MV lacking, the converted try pushed Eccles ahead for the first time 20-18.
MV had looked the more threatening of the sides and now the chips were down they eventually began to expand their play. Better forward possession was won and the ball moved quicker away from the breakdowns. Andrew Moore in the centre began punching holes in the home defence and he linked well with Matt Coxon to take the lead back with Pat Eccles conversion making it 20-25.
Entering the final quarter Coxon was again on hand as he cut straight through the defence from 30 yards to score to the left of the sticks, the conversion from Eccles making it 20-32. The home side were not conceding easily and reigned MV back with their 3rd try 25-32, with minutes ticking away Man of the Match Andrew Moore crashed through the home defence yet again, this time the cover defence was found lacking too and he broke through that to score under the posts and as Pat Eccles converted the final whistle blew for a 25-39 bonus point away win for Trafford MV.
This win pushes MV up into 6th position just 2 points behind Oldham and 3 points behind 3rd placed Tarleton. MV’s next league game is against Fleetwood at home on Nov 25th.
This weekend MV welcome Congleton Vets XV to MacPherson Park to face an MV team of yesteryear, kicking off at Noon this will be the warm up game to the Eng vs Australia Autumn International showing on Big Screen at the MV Winter Ale Festival, tickets on the door only £5.
(By Wilf Dooley)
(Image: Andy Quigley)