Trafford MV hosted Aldwinians in one of only three games played in the ADM Lancashire Premier League as torrential rain hit the region on Saturday.
Aldwinians had been delayed enroute by motorway conditions and were rushed going into the game.
This seem to hit them hard as from the kick off pacey MV winger James Matthie raced up the touchline evading flailing tackles to open the scoring at 5-2 with just a minute on the clock.
The conversion was missed but a nice start for the home side. MV maintained early pressure and secured a penalty from the boot of captain Pat Eccles to ease to 8-0. Aldwinians were however getting themselves into the game and the bigger forwards were carrying the ball well in close play MV were being led in defence by Danny Burke who was putting in a massive amount of work.
Aldwinians were steadily winning more of the ball with their No 8 being the driving force. This step up in play earned its reward as the visitors powered over for a deserved try for a half time score of 8-5 to MV.
Both sides suffered yellow cards in the 2nd half with two for Aldwinians and one for Trafford with the South African referee keeping a good control on the game.
MV suffered a couple of injuries too and it seemed as though too many changes were making a big difference to MV’s performance.
With Aldwinians winning good ball possession they now found space out wide too and tries came their way as they began to creep ahead. Firstly a break down the right flank took them 8-12 ahead followed shortly by a break up the middle following a poor clearance to score again.
MV had kept in touch with a couple of penalties from Eccles but just did not have enough variation in play to get a second try.
The final score of 14-19 was a desrved win for Aldwinians and MV can take some merit from their losing bonus point. MV moved up to 6th place in the league with Aldwinians taking 4th spot.
This Saturday MV are away at Wigan and must dig deep into their training sessions to get fitness levels improved and grow their defence of close driving play.
Man of the match for Trafford MV was James Matthie who scored the teams only try and works had in defence and attack.
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