On a cold wet wintery afternoon Trafford MV travelled to Oldham looking to get back into winning ways.
A heavy pitch was not conclusive to MV’s fast paced style of rugby and was more suited to Oldhams forward based game built up around heavy forward drives.
The game opened and the home side were the first to get on the sheet when a long kick was miss fielded in the difficult conditions and the follow-up brought the opening try 5-0. Trafford MV came right back and forced a penalty which was narrowly missed by Pat Eccles.
MV maintained the pressure and a further penalty attempt came their way this time Eccles was spot on 5-3, MV were pretty solid in defence stopping the big Oldham runners in their tracks and it became obvious that kicks over the defence was to be the danger game.
This proved successful when a long kick and chase held up before running dead for Oldham chasing player to get the touchdown 10-3. MV then had to endure a long spell of pressure deep in their own half of the field which eventually brought try number 3 for Oldham. converted the score became 17-3.
It looked as is the game was going to run away from MV when a rushed pass was intercepted and Oldham raced away for a sucker try against MV 22-3, As half-time approached it was MV stand-off Pat Eccles who found a way through the home defence from close range to touchdown, converting his own try MV went into half-time trailing 22-10.
With darkness creeping in on a dull afternoon for MV they rallied a little to get back into contention when some good passages of play were put together which led to winger Dominic West squeezing over out wide to make it a competitive 22-15.
MV worked hard during this second period but the teams were nullifying one another in both attack and defence. It was only late in the game when Oldham again used the kick to get behind MV’s defence.
The kick and chase again led to a scrappy converted try from MV’s viewpoint. But scrappy or not it was enough to secure the win and a bonus point for the home side. The win moves Oldham up to 4th place while MV must now look for a win at home over Littleborough this weekend.
The local game of the day this weekend will be Trafford MV 3rds vs Ashton On Mersey 1st XV – both clubs will be looking to take the bragging rights from this game and a big call is being put out to get support for both these local teams onto the touch lines at MV’s MacPherson Park for a 2.15pm kick off.
(By Wilf Dooley)
(Image: Dominic West)