Glorious conditions greeted Trafford MV as they arrived at Fleetwoods Melbourne Rd ground for this North Lancs/Cumbria League match. Recent history favoured MV with 6 consecutive wins behind them while the home side came into the game on the back of 5 consecutive defeats !
MV were first to attack as they overcame early pressure to win a penalty which Pat Eccles slotted over easily. A second attempt was missed and then the home side struck from a breakaway as stand-off Karl Bowling took the ball at pace on a fine angle to race away converted by Gavin Rowell.
Bowling was on hand minutes later as he finished off some good aggressive play to open up a lead at 14-3. Things were going against MV as Andy Quigley and Jack Gobbett suffered knocks and forced positional changes.
Fleetwood scored again from a quick tap which caught MV in disarray for Rowell to squirm over under the posts converting himself at 21-3. Jon Lord narrowed the deficit for MV scoring a try with Eccles missing the conversion before suffering another blow as Danny Burke left the field injured 21-8. As halt time approached Fleetwood earned a bonus point scoring their 4th try by Mike Kelly converted by Rowell 28-8.
The second half continued as the first with the home side prompting attacks. Richardson made a good break which put winger Joe Kirton away 33-8 before MV took some reward when right-wing James Matthie used pace and power to burst away and bring the score to 33-13.
Changes were again forced for MV as Gaz Bevan was injured and Pat Eccles took a yellow card. Fleetwood too lost Bowling to a yellow for a deliberate knock on. It was in this period that Jon Lord scored his second and MV’s last try of the game at 33-18.
The seasiders rounded off a good afternoon for them selves as prop Ricky Newton crashed over with Rowell closing off the game with the conversion at 40-18. This was a disappointing result for MV and was one that shows the competitive nature of this league where results cannot be predicted accurately teams are well matched and upsets are frequent.
MV now have a week off to recover from injuries and will be looking for a much more cohesive performance as Keswick visit MacPherson Park. The Cumbrian side sit points above MV in 6th place and won at home 15-10 early in December so a good close game could be on the cards.
MV will have 3 teams at home on 7th April with a 3.00pm kick off. Spectators welcome at your local Rugby Club.
(Image: James Matthie)