For the first time in over 18 months Trafford MV welcomed League opposition to MacPherson Park as Tyldesley came to contest ADM Championship points.
The game opened in excellent conditions as has been MV’s problem in recent seasons poor concentration in the opening minutes let the visitors in for an early try which was then converted for MV to go behind 0-7 without a sweat being broken.
Concentration is a crucial part of the game that MV must get to grips with if they want prolonged success. MV reacted well to this shock and gradually began to control forward play and earn their fair share of possession enabling the home back line to start moving the ball with threat.
The cutting edge in MV’s attack from the previous week was missing as both Greg Warren and Zak Day were missing from the MV line up. It was from a period of prolonged MV forward pressure that they scored a try of their own.
MV kicked deep into touch close to the Tyldesley line. From the resulting lineout MV created a driving maul from which hooker Ben Wainwright broke off to crash over from short range.
Pat Eccles missed the conversion for a 5-7 scoreline. MV now seemed to be getting the upper hand with maintained possession and some good attacking play.
MV took the lead for the first time in the game late in the half as the ball was moved along the line attacking down the right for Aaron Booth to scythe through the defence. Pat Eccles converted nicely for MV to go into the break with a 12-7 lead.
There was not much at all between the sides and the spectators were enjoying the closeness of the contest. MV now had the slight advantage of the wind but possession and ball control was always going to be critical.
Tyldesley cam right back into the game midway through the second period when they broke through the centre, a brilliant jinking run saw MV left flatfooted for Tyldesley to level with a try and go ahead with the conversion at 12-14. The half was ticking away and the game was in the balance with both sides having their share of attacking chances.
MV’s pressing play earned them a penalty which Pat Eccles converted to give MV the lead once again at 15-14.
Tyldesley had opportunities in the closing minutes to steal the game but missed a penalty kick and then fell just short as a deep kick was chased back over the tryline by both sides with MV getting the first touch. As the whistle blew MV celebrated their narrow win as Tyldesley could only look back dismayed at their missed chances.
The win took MV into lead position in the ADM Championship now ahead of Aspull on points difference. This coming weekend MV head North as they travel to Garstang looking to make it 3 from 3 and keep pressure on their challengers.
Trafford MV 2nds won 48-29 against West Park and the 3rd XV lost 52-7 at Broughton