Trafford MV travelled over to Littleborough in the MJ Worsley & Sons Cup in very windy conditions.
Littleborough won the toss of a coin and elected to play up the hill in the first half from kick off Trafford set out their intentions and aimed to build pressure inside the opposition 22. However, missed one on one tackles and unforced errors allowed Littleborough to get the ball out wide and score first. After the restart.
Trafford again aimed to build some pressure and after a series of phases and some quick hands, Jamie kingdom was able to cross over in the corner for his first try of the afternoon.
MV were not able to build on this score and, despite having their fair share of possession, looked vulnerable when defending. Littleborough offloaded the ball well in the tackle and broke the gain line time after time when attacking.
The home team scored the next two tries, leaving MV frustrated at the missed opportunities. Trafford carried well from the restart and Danny Burke was able to find the gap after a neat pass by Dom West. With two players still on his back he crashed over to bring Trafford back into the game.
In the second half Trafford had it all to do and knew they would have to take the game to the home side. But from kick off Littleborough were able to gather their own kick easily and brush off the attempted tackles to score an easy try after 30 seconds… Not the restart MV hoped for.
Trafford responded positively and were able to mount an attack that forced Littleborough into their own half. Despite some good defence on the Littleborough line, Jamie Kingdom was able to force his way over from the base of a ruck.
MV again failed to gather the restart and from the breakdown gave a penalty to Littleborough for coming in at the side. This was duly kicked with ease, undoing the hard work that had been put in to close the gap. Trafford again showed promise in attack, but simple mistakes often released the pressure on the opposition.
Eventually Jamie Kingdom was able to cross over for his hat trick in the left corner. After taking on his opposite number on the outside, a characteristic fend gave him the chance to accelerate into the space and cross over the line unopposed.
Littleborough were not yet finished, and from a scrum in the Trafford half, a simple cut back inside from the centre was not picked up by the back row and he was able to score. Leaving the score at 46-26.
Overall, a less than satisfactory performance from Trafford MV, who at times showed glimpses of what they are capable off but did not show the composure needed finish their chances.
The week ahead will see MV go back into training hoping to put the recent defeats behind them when they play Oldham at the weekend.