Trafford MV went into their final ADM Lancashire Premier League game of this season against Aldwinians with only one thing on their minds and that is to finish on a high.
With only a single win and a single draw for their efforts since November MV have struggled with injuries and availabilities and an unsettled team has failed to turn the poor run of form around. MV had to go into this final game without influential captain Andy Quigley who was hit by illness during the week.
The Aldwinian’s team started strongly with an early penalty from full back Tom Hughes after 5 minutes followed quickly be a try from number 8 Lewis Quinn converted by Hughes who also added a second penalty on 15 minutes to be 13-0 early doors ! MV took a penalty from Pat Eccles to keep in touch and managed to steady the game for a spell until Wade Martin found space out wide on the right-wing to cruise in shortly before half time at 18 – 3.
MV were working hard but the home side were playing with more confidence and more focus. With the players just getting into their stride for the second half Alwinians prop Connor Prendergast crashed over from close range before Wade Martin again scored on the right wing to close off the home sides scoring.
MV battled on but the game was beyond their reach and a consolation score from Andrew Moore converted by Pat Eccles was all that could be salvaged at 28-10.
MV may well look at this season as disappointing. After a good start MV fell off the pace of the League dramatically. Some big players were unavailable for big parts of the campaign and as a whole the team failed to respond to the challenges placed.
Having lead the league in the early part of the season with some top-notch performances the team ended the season 4th from bottom with a big 16 point gap above them.
The team needs to recruit strongly, get much fitter and stronger physically and importantly need to improve their mental approach to games and match preparation. There are no easy games in this league and training and match play has to be of the intensity to make games competitive and winnable.
Overall a good season for Lancashire Clubs in this new league structure and congratulations to League winners elect Widnes and commiseration to Tyldesley who will need to regroup in the second division following relegation.