Trafford MV and Aspull fought out an entertaining game of Rugby on Saturday afternoon as leadership of the ADM Championship was contested at the home of the Wigan based club.

Both teams had players missing with injury and the weather was perfect for an exciting game to be played.

The game opened with the home side exerting early pressure and MV had to be determined in defence to keep the early pressure at bay. the game changed dramatically as MV right wing Jose Rivas intercepted a stray pass and raced up field, as he was tackled he managed to find hooker Ben Wainwright in support who in turn linked with second row Andrew Clegg who scored wide on the left.

Stand off Aaron Booth launched a superb conversion for an early 0-7 lead for MV. The game had now swung in MV’s favour and a good period of sustained pressure from MV saw centre Jamie Kingdon hit a good strike line which saw him burst through the home defence to crash over the line.

Aaron Booth was again on hand to add the extra’s for a deserved 0 – 14 lead. With the approach of half time Aspull were fighting to get back on terms and they earned a scrum in the MV ’22 zone, a break from the base down the blind side the left wing found space out wide to cross in the corner.

The conversion was missed for the referee to call time on the half with the score at 5 – 14 for Trafford MV.

The second half saw a revitalised home side, wave after wave of Aspull attack put MV on their back foot and a series of forced defensive offences saw the Glossop based referee award the home side a penalty try which brought them right back into contention at 12-14.

MV also lost left wing Andrew Dobinson to a yellow card as a result of the offences. Aspull now had the bit between their teeth and they kept the momentum up and they had MV on the ropes as they forced another try to go into the lead for the first time midway through the half as the try was converted 19-14.

Trafford MV were desperate not to lose out and real grit and determination was being shown in both attack and defence. Jose Rivas was having his best game to date for MV, Chris Ward and Jack Gobbett both worked exceptionally hard and with time running out it was a case of keeping possession, keeping calm and working through phases of play without making mistakes.

The pressure from MV in the last minutes of the game was constant and a tiring home defence was penalised by the referee for a string of offsides halting MV’s attacks. His final warning went unheard as the final offence was committed.

In a replica of MV’s earlier punishment the yellow card was shown the the referee gave Trafford MV a penalty try which swung the game back in their favour 19 – 21. Aspull tried their best to regain the lead and with a long penalty kick attempt falling short

It was left for MV to kick the ball into touch to seal a hard fought out victory to hold on to their leadership of the ADM Championship on points difference from Tyldesley. Paul Davenport collected the Player of the Match award for a good all round powerful performance.

This coming weekend Trafford MV host Thornton Cleveleys who are currently in 6th place in the League. Kick off is at 2.15pm admission is free and local support is very welcome to get behind MV’s title challenge.