Trafford MV slipped up at home as a good Keswick side who worked tirelessly to change the impetus of a game that MV should have won.
In front of a good crowd MV started brightly and it was young talent that gave MV a solid start as first Luke Cox and then Rory Canham, MV’s Cheshire U20’s players, crossed the try line for early tries which Pat Eccles converted well for an encouraging 14-0 lead.
The visiting side were still very competitive though and were well organised in both attack and defence. This brought it’s reward as some well co-ordinated forward drives eventually broke MV’s’ defence down to come back to 14-5.
Looking to consolidate MV earned a penalty which was again easily struck home by Eccles to give MV a half time lead of 17-5.
If anything it could be seen that despite MV’s lead the Keswick XV were actually looking better in certain phases of the game with a solid scrum, a good line-out and a quite impressive work rate.
This paid its dividend as they narrowed MV’s lead with a try soon after the restart, the conversion attempt again missed 17-10.
MV then gave away a very poor score as a long attempted touch kick fell short and was fielded by Keswick who ran the ball back at MV, several missed tackles allowed this 60 metre attack to be finished in style 17-15 and game on.
The home team then again made another basic error as they lost their own line-out ball just outside their own ’22. Keswick snapped up the ball and the forwards powered through to steal the lead for the first time in the game and earn a bonus point with their 4th try of the game. They also kicked their first goal attempt at this point 17-22. With time running out for MV Keswick slotted a penalty to go to 17-25.
MV tried hard for the final few minutes to save the game but the damage had been done through basic errors. It looked as if Jon Lord had been put away in the final play of the game but desperate cover defence snaffled him up as he chose to step inside the last man.
This was a game MV should have closed off but all credit to the hard-working and well organised Cumbrian side on their success. This weekend MV play the last away game of the season with a long trip to Wigton.