A strong Trafford MV side took on Widnes in the Lancashire Trophy Final in Rochadale at the weekend looking for a winning end to the season.
MV brought with them some great support which helped lift the players.
In the first quarter of the gam both teams had lots of possession of the ball and cancelled each other out until Widnes scored with a try for Josh Kenyon and converted by Kevin Leadbetter which made it 0-7.
Trafford MV though was not going to give in this soon, and got two penalties from Pat Eccles to reduce the deficit to just 1 with the score now 6-7
Both sides were playing well and it was Widnes that showed their potential when from broken play some good support and running saw Leadbetter launch a well timed pass which put Gavin Hatton away stepping inside the cover defence. Leadbetter converted 6-14.
As the half hour came Widnes created havoc on the MV defence and good play saw Josh Paton dive over in the corner, unconverted, 6-19.
MV kept in contention as MV worked ball from a lineout which saw Jamie Kingdon hit a good angle to split the Widnes defence and score under the posts. Wines also lost a man to a yellow card during this play and with Eccles converting there was a good competitive half time score of 13-19 to Widnes.
With a man down Widnes managed to hold on, missing a penalty, but holding position deep in the MV half. However MV were hit with the same penalty as Lewis Kingdon was carded for a late challenge. This swung the game dramatically as Widnes took full advantage of the extra man.
Three tries were conceded in quick succession as Leadbetter kicked a penalty and then Jamie Patient, Gavin Hatton and finally Aaron Duggan to take the score to an emphatic 13-41 in a short period of time.
It is not in MV’s nature to lie down without a fight and they came back at Widnes with a second try for Jamie Kingdon 18-41. James Matthie crossed the line after a great run but a last ditch tackle knocked the ball from his grip over the line.
Owen Nottley crashed over from close range after some good forward play, Eccles converted 25-41 and MV had Widnes ruffled. It was finally James Matthie that closed off MV’s scoring as he crossed the line following a good performance from him and the whole MV team.
With a final score of 30-41 MV were disappointed but not despondent. Captain Andy Quigley and Coach Ricky Phillips both expressed their pride and encouragement taken from this game.
MV showed their true potential and can go into the Summer break with high hopes for next season.
MV also thank their sponsors and supporters for their backing in the final and throughout the season.