On a cold, wet and windy day Trafford MV welcomed Littleborough to McPherson Park in Sale.
MV wanted to get back to winning ways and started the stronger of the two sides. After a deep kick off down the centre, Littleborough’s clearance kick gave Trafford the perfect chance to apply pressure on the visitors.
A strong carry in the centre from Dominic West kept the visitors penned in their own 22. After a turn over Littleborough tried to kick clear again only to find Greg Warren, who put a well placed kick into the corner. Debutant Patrick Roberts won the race with the opposition winger to touch down a well earned try in the right corner, the score now was 5-0.
Littleborough kicked high and short from the restart and were able to regather the ball. The slippery ball slipped out of the next tackle and quick thinking Chris Ward was first to react. Quickly gathering a difficult ball he was able to race to the try line from 60 meters, fending off 2 cover tackles on the way. Pat Eccles converted 12-0 to MV.
Littleborough were coming back strong. After good running from the forwards, a gap opened up for Littleborough to take full advantage 12-7. Trafford were still defending well but Littleborough had found an extra gear. The pressure in the MV 22 eventually led to a missed tackle, allowing Littleborough to cross over again. 12-12.
Throughout the half Trafford used the tailwind to there advantage. The defence was strong but a penalty for an high tackle in front of the post gave MV the chance though Pat Eccles to edge ahead.15-12 was the score at half time.
The rain continued to pour as the second half got underway and Littleborough started the better of the two teams. Scoring a well worked try in the centre of the pitch and a penalty close after to edge in front. 15-17.
The tit for tat affair continued and it was now Trafford’s turn to find an extra gear. Extended pressure in the Littleborough 22 gave the prolific Chris Ward the chance to power over from close range to tie the game 20-20.
Trafford MV have shown regular improvements each week and although the result wasn’t exactly what was needed it was a fair result on the day. Man of the match for Trafford MV was Chris Ward.
This weekend MV have a tough job on as they hit the road in the last game prior to Christmas at West Park St Helens who will come into the fixture from a 5-39 away win at bottom club Tyldesley. Spectators are welcome to visit MacPherson Park to watch 2nd and 3rd XV vs De La Salle and Old Bedians respectively.
Trafford MV are looking for new recruits to join their over 50’s Walking Rugby group on Wed evenings at 6.30pm. The group has been running for 18 months and are now looking to generate a new wave of interest. Walking football has had big publicity but walking rugby has kept a quieter build up and now with sessions running at Trafford MV, Eccles, Altrincham Kersal and Sale now is the time for new players to get involved. If you are interested drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 01942 884542 for info.