Trafford MV’s MacPherson Park was graced with excellent conditions for playing entertaining rugby.
The game kicked off and it was MV getting the better of early exchanges and the scoring was opened with a penalty from Pat Eccles. MV was looking good and enhanced their lead when Jamie Kingdon took a short pass and burst through the defence from 30 yards sprinting to the line to score close to the uprights.
Eccles converted and the score was now 10-0 to MV. At this point and with untold refereeing decisions going against them MV’s Andrew Clegg picked up a yellow card for a deliberate knock on which signalled a change in the game.
MV reshuffled their pack and it was not long before Widnes struck with a converted try from Tom O’Neil bringing the game to life the score now was 10-7. It was a tight fought affair with both teams getting a good share of the ball however MV were consistently getting the wrong side of the referees decisions and the whistle was in frequent use.
This gave Widnes enough of the ball to enable them to work their way over MV’s line with a try from Arnie Hancock converted by Andy Owens,Widnes was ahead before a Pat Eccles kick kept MV in touch with a well struck penalty the score now was 13-17.
Widnes started the second half strongly just missing out on one attempted try before Jamie Patient strolled through a huge gap in the MV defence with Owens converting the score was 13-24 and Pat Eccles again keeping MV on their heels with a further penalty bringing it back to 16-24.
MV’s centre Paul Davenport hit a good line and penetrated the visitors defence and with Eccles conversion MV were right back in there at 23-24. With the game almost tied the next score would be vital and unfortunately for MV it was Widnes who was to score and picked up the 4 try bonus point as Josh Kenyon raced clear to score and Owens converted making it 23-31.
The gap was opened further when Widnes player Ryan Millington chipped through for Josh Paton to collect and step inside the defence to score 23-36. With the clock running down MV were throwing all they had at Widnes.
The win proved to be out of reach but Pat Eccles capped a great performance by scoring and converting his own try in the dying minute to secure a losing bonus point making the end score 30-36.
Another loss for MV despite this the team gave a much better performance against Widnes, one of the areas it seems the team need to work on is in defence, if they can get that right MV will win a lot more games as the attacking line is very good.
This weekend see’s MV travel to struggling Tyldesley who despite not yet winning a game this season have improved their performances recently and indeed only lost 22-30 against 4th placed Didsbury Toc H last weekend.
MV must feel more confident after a close game versus Widnes however despite this need to make sure they play as hard as they did then to make sure they have a chance of a much-needed win.