Trafford MV welcomed Wigan to MacPherson Park and were hopeful of picking up some much needed league points against Wigan.
Wigan played with the benefit of a tail wind in the first half, MV though tried hard to play the ball out of defence on numerous occasions but were pegged by kicks deep into their territory.
Wigan opened their account after twenty-five minuets when young pacey winger Billy Sheridan was put away to dive over for his first senior try.
The conversion was missed but a conceded penalty minutes later nudged Wigan into an 0-8 lead. Sheridan made MV pay for weak tackling as half time approached as he cut through the home defence with a perfect run, scoring near the posts for full back Jukes to convert 0-15 at the break.
As the teams changed ends after half-time MV got the advantage of the wind but Wigan played a tighter game using their forwards to carry the ball out of defence.
MV did look dangerous on occasions with Matthie and Passley running well however Wigan were pretty strong defensively. A period of pressure and scrums forced Wigan to concede penalties and it was Josh James that eventually ploughed over for MV from close play. Pat Eccles converted.to narrow to make the score 7-15.
Wigan were quick to respond and ground their way deep into MV’s 22 meter zone, intense forward pressure caused havoc for MV and as ball was moved wide a sharp cut back inside left MV defenders flat footed for Heeley to score the decisive winning try 7-20 with no conversion.
This was a must win game for Trafford in the battle to avoid relegation and they fell short once more.
Lots of players are getting tough 1st XV experience but the call is really for big game players to get on the pitch and make a difference. In relegation battles there is no hiding place small mistakes are critical and the narrowest of wins could be vital come the last games of the season!
This weekend MV have another opportunity to get points on the board as they travel to 9th placed Ormskirk in another bottom of the league battle. Opportunities must be taken and tackles must be at a premium for MV.
Trafford MV are looking for players inspired by the 6 Nations Rugby to get in touch with Greg on 07834 857905 or to call in to the Club on a Tues/Thursday training night from 7.00pm