Hat trick man Danny Burke in action
Trafford MV enhanced their potential as challengers for the ADM Championship with a 9 try victory at Ellesmere Port on Saturday to regain their pole position at the head of the division.
The game was played in excellent conditions and early play was with the home side as they showed determination and a good attacking style. MV showed good defence keeping them at bay in the first 15 mins.
MV opted to kick deep into home territory and eventually forced a line out in the ’22 zone on the right. MV drove good ball into the heart of the defence and MV flanker drove through to take defenders over the line with him, Aaron Booth converted as MV opened the scoring at 0-7. MV were showing dominance in the scrums and open play and were gradually taking a grip of the game.
Good handling in the MV backs brought an attack down the right with Andrew Clegg and Ben Wainwright linking before Danny Burke there once more in support to finish the move off. Aaron Booth converted again 0 – 14 to MV.
MV maintained their kicking deep tactic and again a poor defensive kick was fielded by the team and run back in attack for Aaron Booth to eventually finish in the right from lineout ball 0 – 21.
It was now seeming as MV had free rein and it was Booth again who was the danger man creating space down the right wing to put Jose Rivas over in the corner 0 – 26. MV’s threat was constant and as half time approached
MV forced a scrum around 10 metres in front of the Port uprights, quck ball allowed scrum half Tommy Newton to break quickly on the blind side beating the back row defence to dive over to give Booth and easy conversion for MV to close the half at 0 – 33.
Trafford MV maintained their momentum after the break as loose ball was pounced upon, kicked through and chased down by Booth to resume the try count, the kick was missed to go 0-38 ahead.
The home side rallied a little as they had a spell of possession in MV territory, a blindside break from their scrum half brought a try close to the sticks which was converted 7 – 38. MV’s forward play was good and Newton was playing well at scrum half prompting attacks.
A good driving run from Burke put the home defence on the back foot and the ball came wide for centre Jamie Kingdon to break tackles and force his was over with a good driving run 7-48. Lewis Kingdon grew more into the game as it went on and showed good attacking promise several times. late in the game split the defence and surged over the gain line, Burke was in good support to cross the line and touchdown under the posts Booth converting easily to close the scoring.
MV showed a clear game plan, playing off a good forward platform and keeping play deep in opposition territory. Good scrum and lineout ball enabled the back line to launch positive attacks off the front foot. Support play was much improved as was forward handling and second phase possession.
All in all a good performance on the day from the whole team to get back into a prominent position. MV’s next fixture is away at Aspull, who are currently 3rd in the league with a game in hand.
MV will need to step up another gear and show aggression and determination in both attack and defence if they want to retain their leading position in the League.