Trafford MV’s start to the 2019/20 ADM Lancashire Premier League season kicked off playing in ideal conditions for rugby.
From the starting whistle MV were under some pressure as the home team took the first points with an early try to make it 7-0.
Things did not improve for MV as the home side went further in front with a penalty awarded making it 10-0.
MV captain Pat Eccles took the option of a penalty shot which he hit comfortably to ease back to 10-3 and as the half was coming to an end MV were looking to have got a grip of the game.
MV now more confident were winning more of the ball and were starting to show their merit in open play and at the breakdown. With Danny Burke and Lewis Kingdon starting to show and Andrew Clegg and Chris Ward working hard MV were now in with a shout which became clear when scrum half Pat Eccles picked up and darted and jinked his way through the defence for a fabulous try, converting it himself to level at 10-10 at the break.
As the sides changed ends it was now a game that both teams were competing on equal terms. Players were substituted as early season fitness levels were tested.
MV slipped behind again as Moor upped their game 15-10 and looked to be getting the upper hand as a further converted try pushed them convincingly 22-10 ahead.
However MV had been playing well and the tries had not flattered the home team. With MV’s dogged defence and pressing play you could see tiredness setting in to Heaton Moor legs.
MV had had a couple of great attacks thwarted by last ditch defence of final passes just going astray and it seemed just a matter of time before something came Traffords way. the break came as former captain Andy Quigley put in a big burst and split the defence driving through flailing tackles to cross the white line leaving Eccles with an easy conversion 22 – 17.
Both teams were battling hard and something special was needed to swing the game and it came as diminutive front row substitute Chris Farmiloe stole a long throw off opposition ball which set the base for a driving MV attach, punching up the middle it was again Quigley making the yards for Andrew Clegg to appear in his shoulder for an easy touchdown under the post for Eccles to convert with only a minute to go 22-24.
MV battened down the hatches and defended staunchly as Heaton Moor searched for any chance of points which was to no avail. At first chance with time out Eccles launched the ball into touch happy to take his first win as captain for the 19/20 season. Number 8 Lewis Kingdon was awarded Man of the Match for a very gritty and determined performance.
This weekend MV are on the road again this time at Fleetwood, playing at home is MV’s 2nd XV vs Wigan. Trafford MV are on the lookout for local rugby players to join our playing squad and enjoy the Rugby World Cup while playing the game. Contact Greg on 07834 857905.