A New Year-a new start and the same old problems for Trafford MV

Trafford MV entered the new year with high hopes of turning their form around however it did not go to plan against a strong Liverpool ST Helens side.

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Photo MV Captain Chris Ward picking up from base of scrum

It took only a couple of minutes of the game against Liverpool St Helens (LSH) to realise that without a lot of hard work and commitment results won’t change.

MV found themselves under pressure from the start of the game and a poor clearance kick gave LSH too much possession of the ball and MV were left floundering Liverpool ST Helens was on the scoreboard first.

Trafford MV made a number of changes to the squad bringing in debutant Johnny Dowler and returnees Luke Cox and Ethan Cornick plus veterans John Kevan and Andy Daniels on the bench but the opposition were a well organised outfit showing talent in the back line and a much heavier pack.

Play was competitive however LSH edged the game in all departments and the scoreline steadily grew in their favour.

Big forwards made the yards and set the platform for an aggressive scrum half to push play on and pressurise the home defence.

MV were without a recognised kicker and struggled to clear their defence and had few chances to get on the scoreboard themselves.

Trafford MV picked up a score in the first half from second row Justin Stewart and in the second half a consoling score from number eight and captain Chris Ward converted by Luke Cox.

Recently appointed coach Kit Brammer knows he has a job in hand and there is plenty of organisational work to be done particularly in defence where so many gaps occurred allowing the visitors to score seemingly at will on occasions.

The scoreline of 12-48 did not flatter LSH but confirmed Trafford MV’s place at the foot of the Lancs Premier Division with lots of work to do to overtake their rival relegation contenders Heaton Moor.

This weekend MV have another opportunity to secure a home win as second placed Fleetwood visit MacPherson Park. MV will have players returning to the squad however a consistent approach to training and availability is needed if MV are to collect anything from this game and future fixtures.

 Away from 1st XV action Trafford MV are looking to launch a Womens Rugby XV this season with a view to entering league rugby next season.

Meetings have already taken place and a number of players have already committed to playing however Thurs 23 January 2020 will see the first open training session for any girls / women aged 16 plus to get together and combine on a rugby training area.

All are welcome whether having played the game before or not and there will be curry and fizz on offer afterwards to reward all attendees. If you are interested in joining a newly formed womens rugby group in whatever capacity you can offer we will gladly welcome you to add to our group – contact wilfdooley@virginmedia.com if interested.



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