Trafford MV did what they had to do as they maintained their hold on the leadership of the ADM Lancashire Premier League at Heaton Moor Rugby Club on Saturday.
In excellent conditions and on a very good pitch MV got a feel of what was ahead when from the kick off a missed tackle allowed a Heaton Moor winger to race in virtually untouched for a try on the touch-line with only seconds on the clock 5-0.
MV tightened up their defence and it was scrum half Pat Eccles that struck back with a quick tap penalty and sprinted for the line with the conversion the score now was 5-7. It was MV that struck again next as winger Jamie Kingdon broke his tackle and strode over out wide for an unconverted try 5-12. MV lost influential playmaker stand-off Stuart Crampton with a hamstring pull which forced a positional reshuffle as Paul Davenport replaced him.
Heaton Moor cane right back into the game when they forced a line-out deep in the MV half. A good catch and drive enabled a forward drive from 5 metres to get the touch down and conversion for a 12-12 score.
MV regained the lead when in their own half MV winger Jamie Kingdon took a good crash ball and split the home defence to race 60 metres down the middle of the park with the defence trailing behind to secure a bonus point. Pat Eccles converted for a 12-19 half time lead with both sides still in with a good shout.
Early in the second half with MV attacking the clubhouse end in front of the home spectators, hooker Keiran Lalley hit jumper Danny Burke with a clean throw, the ball was fed to the onrushing Chris Ward who burst through the line out for his 3rd try in 3 games, on good form, for Eccles to convert at 12-26.
The home side were not lying down though and rallied with a converted try of their own coming back to 19-26. The highlight of the game followed as Heaton Moor were throwing everything at MV, second row Andrew Clegg intercepted a long pass deep in his own half and with the home defence totally flat-footed, he set off on a 70 meter foot race for the try line finally swatting off a flailing tackle from the chasing winger 19-31.
MV suffered injuries again with Matt Coxon and Jon Lord both leaving the field and further positional changes were forced as Jon Feldman and Leon Passley replaced them.
The now spirited Heaton Moor side kept plugging away and secured a bonus point of their own with their fourth try of the game converted at 26-31. MV worked a good planned move from a set scrimmage and the blind side break saw Pat Eccles sprint in converting the score himself for a 26-38 lead. The home side kept playing with a second bonus point their aim and scored with the final play of the game converting for a final 33-38 score line and to take 2 losing bonus points.
Man of the Match for Trafford MV was Danny Burke who lead by example throughout the game putting in crunching tackles and breaching the defence on numerous occasions but overall his linking together the attack and defence for MV is very impressive.
Trafford MV have now opened up a 4 point gap at the top of the table above West Park and this weekend they will be facing big name opposition in the shape of Liverpool St Helens, ko 3.00pm, who as yet have not shown their best form with 2 wins and 2 losses opening their season and sitting 6th in the league.MV now have to keep putting in the hard yards as they are the team to beat
. MV’s 2nd XV won 44-19 over Vale of Lune and the 3rd XV won 39-31 over Marple.