Trafford MV 1st XV went to Southport on Saturday in the 1st Round of the Lancashire Trophy and lost 20-7.
MV were in confident mood despite the absence of a couple of first choice players still not available following the Summer break. MV were please to have a settled 1st XV squad following lots of changes in the pre-season defeats at Eccles and Leigh.
New Captain Pat Eccles was calling on his players to show commitment and power in their play and to give support to fellow players when needed.
The game started in ideal conditions on an excellent playing surface and neither side could have an excuse for not trying to play an open expansive game.
MV were in for a shock as the game opened and with the first real attacking opportunity Southport drove the ball up the middle of the park and attacked down the left flank to score out wide with only a minute gone.
A good conversion gave a very early 7-0 lead. MV wre under pressure in the scrum and were struggling to contain the home side. Attacks were coming frequently and to the onlooking crowd the result was looking inevitable.
MV were now flapping and as the defence became overstretched once more the home side scored to the right of the uprights with a simple conversion to follow 14-0.
Trafford MV were slowly finding their feet in the game, MV were getting their fair share of ball and were managing the game well.
MV were close to scoring when winger James Matthie had a good run down the right flank but good covering defence forced him to cut inside and the move break down. Southport realised scoring options were becoming rarer and took the opportunities to kick a couple of penalties to extend their lead to 20-0 at the interval.
MV took their improved play into the second half and with Danny Burke showing grit and determination up front and Gaz Bevan making good inroads from full back MV were now more of a controlling force.
There was some rustiness from the close season evident as passes went astray and kicks did not hit their intended target area however promising signs were showing.
MV launched a good attack mid way through the second half and it was the pace of James Matthie once again that was the danger. He found himself on the end of a nice passing move and his electric change of pace saw him outflank the Southport defence and sweep in for a superb try.
Pat Eccles eased the conversion over to come back at 20-7. This was the only score of the half which was disappointing for MV however promising signs were there to be see.
Southport proved to be strong opposition in a well refereed game and supporters of both teams will have enjoyed the game.
MV now look ahead to their opening game in the ADM Lancashire Premier League which is away to Heaton Moor on Sept 14th. Mini / junior Rugby arrived back at Trafford MV last Sunday shortly after the Club had been recognised as ‘Mini Club of the Year’ in the National Rugby Awards – something that all players and coaches in the club can be very proud of.
Trafford MV is always open to new players joining and offers coaching and excellent facilities from 3 years of age all the way through to walking rugby for the over 50’s. If you are interested in playing for Trafford MV contact Greg Hawkins on 07834 857905