Trafford MV are competing very well at the top of the ADM Championship League and each week is seeing a different style of play to contend with.

The game at the weekend saw a tough forward battle from a strong fit Thornton side who were a big threat for a great part of this fixture.

Trafford MV started confidently and put themselves into good early positions which brought a penalty which Louis Stubbs converted to open the scoring at 3-0.

From the ensuing kick off MV failed to collect good possession and Thornton kicked deep into the corner with good follow up pressure which led to the opening try of the game to Thornton.

The wide conversion was missed to leave score at 3-5 to the visitors. MV responded to the challenge and once again put them selves into good territory and the resultant pressure again forced a penalty in front of the post for Stubbs to turn into points 6-5 to MV.

Once again MV were poor in fielding the receipt of the kick off and failed in their exit attempts which gave Thornton a penalty opportunity which fortunately sailed wide to give MV a reprieve.

Thornton were looking threatening and from the following drop out kick from MV an attack was launched by the visiting side which saw them breach MV’s defensive line and score the 2nd try of the game which was also converted for a 6 – 12 lead. Andy Quigley came on for Trafford MV to replace Fraser McCauley who left the field with a calf pull.

He immediately began to influence MV’s forward play and good drives from him and Danny Burke created space for Jamie Kingdon to come crashing through for a home try which was comfortably converted by Stubbs to edge MV ahead 13 – 12. MV saw out the half in the ascendency but went into the break very aware that there was a lot of work yet to be done to earn a result.

The second half brought a flurry of penalties in a short space of time as firstly MV kicked one through Stubbs and them MV gave away 2 penalties to Thornton both of which were converted for the lead to swap hands again 16 – 18 to Thornton.

Despite this set back MV were getting better possession and their first constructive play of the half saw good handling allow full back John Green to collect the ball out wide and outpace hi opposite number on the outside to score a try which Stubbs converted yet again for MV to retake the lead 23 – 18.

MV were now playing well in a much better half against a very good and committed opposition.

From the deep kick off from the restart MV looked to have slipped up again as the kick catch was fumbled,

Thornton however were wrong footed by the MV error however Trafford recovered quickly and swift hands got the ball to Jamie Kingdon who set off from inside his own 22 to cruise up the middle of the field scoring Louis Stubbs rounded off his impressive debut with yet another conversion to complete MV’s tally at 30 – 18.

This was a tough game for MV which again saw them needing to dig deep to get the result and subdue a determined opponent.

The influential Andy Quigley picked up the Player of the match award, the other bright light for MV was the performance of Louis Stubbs who was accurate with the boot and was a good link between pack and backs.

Trafford MV retain the lead position in the ADM Championship level on points but just ahead of Tyldesley on points scored/conceded difference, Aspull stay in 3rd place but with a game in hand after round 7 of the competition.

This coming weekend MV are in Cup competition as they travel away to Wigan. This will be a tough game but MV are playing well and are showing their potential as more game time gets under their belts.

Trafford MV are keen to get the support of local rugby players as they maintain their commitment to 3 Senior Men’s teams, a Senior Women’s team plus a whole range of age groups at mini/junior/teen levels. New players are always welcome at the club as we work to improve at all levels of the Club. Contact wilfdooley@virginmedia.com for info.