Trafford MV’s ADM Lancashire Premier League campaign kicked in again and the pressure to pick up winning results continued.
The rain held off and MV found a surprisingly firm Oldham pitch and MV arrived feeling confident off the back of a good performance the previous week against league leaders Widnes.
Oldham kicked off and immediately put the pressure on Trafford with a series of strong drives deep into the MV danger zone. This was followed by a quick switch of play and Oldham kicked to the opposite corner, where the ball was gathered and dotted down by their winger in their deep end zone the score 7-0.
Oldham were next to score again following a good backs move that saw their winger go over in the corner 14-0 and MV were looking under pressure.
MVs then began to retain possession and play improved, gaining good go forward ball which allowed them to put in some attacking kicks for territory. Following a period of good MV field possession, Oldham conceded a penalty and a 5m line out drive went over for MVs first points 14-5.
Oldham fired straight back with another try in the corner 21-5.
MV kept battling for good possession and kept it tight, building pressure in the Oldham 22 resulting in a series of penalties followed by a yellow card to Oldham. The resulting 5m scrum resulted in a penalty try. 21-12.
Oldham maintained the upper hand and were the next to put points on the board with a penalty 24-12. MV were not conceding at this stage of the game and forward pressure told again with an unconverted try 24-17 as the teams broke for half time.
The second half opened with a Trafford MV try which went unconverted 24-22 but once again the home side came quickly back with a try from a 5 metre lineout, driving over similar to MV’s earlier score 31-22.
MV scored again to make it 31 – 27 with a try and it was becoming evident that missed conversion were proving costly.
Continued pressure on the Oldham line and another series of penalties, another yellow card, another penalty try from the scrum for MV which led to MV going in for the first time in the game 31-34. Oldham then took a quick kick off whilst MV were still within their 22, putting the ball deep into the long dead ball zone for 7 points 38-34.
MV’s Quigley was then shown a yellow card for questioning the legality of this move. Whilst MV were a man down Oldham used the extra man to get on the outside, and despite a tackle which may or may not have dragged the winger 2m into touch before popping it back inside to score again to put themselves out of reach with only 3 minutes remaining. 43-34
MV were disappointed with the result which despite being a strong performance plunged MV into the relegation places in the league.
MV will be looking forward to playing Aldwinians in the cup this weekend and will be looking for positive steps to turn things around.