Trafford MV gave Fleetwood a shock at the weekend showing fighting spirit and a touch of class not seen for a while.
MV have struggled to find form of late and a lack some confidence the team was missing some key players which has hit the side hard however a rebuild process has been introduced and the work coach Kit Brammer is doing with the squad is starting to show some good results.
MV brought experienced John Kevan back into the team and had a full bench to support the starting XV.
The game was played in very good conditions and from the outset you would have struggled to decide who were the higher placed team.
MV spent the first minutes encamped the the visitors half and took the early initiative with a try from influential winger James Matthie converted by Luke Cox.
It was obvious to the home support that something had clicked with the MV team and their performance was hugely improved over recent weeks and months.
The forward led by Chris Ward were effective and it was good to see Lewis Kingdon back in aggressive, go forward mood always putting the opposition defence on their back foot. In the backs James Matthie was back in good from and Matt Coxon too played well in both attack and defence for MV.
Both teams were weak in their tackle count and with a little more work in this defensive area MV could possibly have walked away from this game with a confidence boosting win.
Picking up a league bonus point for scoring four tries however this will boost players moral and give an incentive going into their next game.
MV scored tries through Chris Ward 2, James Matthie 2 and Leon Passley the remaining points coming from the boot of Luke Cox.
This was a narrow escape for Fleetwood but the message can start going out that Trafford MV are looking dangerous again.
With players still missing but a new found desire maybe the turning point is just around the corner. This weekend MV are away to Aldwinians who are not too far above MV in the League.
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