Trafford MV are well-known for playing exciting rugby, and this was the case at the weekend when they played Aldwinians.
The game got underway with much improved conditions, although sadly the pitch did cut up a fair bit making it hard for both teams
MV opened brightly and once again it was MV’s big winger Jamie Kingdon that crossed the white line with Pat Eccles converting easily for a promising early 7-0 lead. Play was very tight and competitive but not very constructive from either side and Aldwinians soon showed their colours when the drove over from a driving maul.
The conversion was missed 7-5 to MV. With it seeming obvious that tries may come at premium MV opted for a penalty shot at goal which Eccles stroked over nicely to nudge ahead 10-5.
Aldwinians were proving strong in the set pieces whilst MV struggles without a recognised hooker missing out on what should have been good line-out ball. Open field play was however swaying in MV’s favour. With half-time approaching Aldwinians had a good threatening break which surged towards the MV line.
A try seemed certain when a superb cover tackle from Chris Ward seemed to save the day for MV, the turned over ball should have been launched into touch but the sliced clearance fell comfortable for the visitors who were not to miss out on their second attempt and crossed to level the scores to go into half time level at 10-10.
The second half was 40 minutes of average rugby, MV had to resign themselves to uncontested scrums following the loss of hooker Bevan and then second row Luke Cox. Aldwinians also ended the game a man down as they lost their scrum half to a yellow card for a late tackle late in the game.
The only difference in the teams was a single penalty from Pat Eccles early in the half for a 13-10 winning scoreline. MV can probably put their win down to a better use of the boot with Pat Eccles landing his goal attempts and both Eccles and Stuart Crampton kicking MV into better field positions from which to attack and defend. Aldwinians lost their most potent weapon a superior scrum when uncontested set pieces came into effect but they failed to make the most of open spaces when MV were short in numbers.
Overall a deserved win for MV and with a rest weekend ahead of their next game against bottom placed Burnley confidence will be high in extending their latest winning sequence of 4 wins on the bounce.
Trafford MV are looking to local rugby players to get in touch and join a well organised friendly club looking to consolidate their 3 senior sides as well as their host of junior sides – contact Greg Hawkins if you would like to play rugby for Trafford MV on 07834 857905