Trafford MV had a break from League action at the weekend as they travelled to Wigan in the ADM Lancashire Leagues Cup as underdogs.
The game opened in bright but breezy conditions and it was Wigan that showed the initiative in the early part of the game. Within a few minutes of the kick off the home side found space out wide on the right wing to race half the length of the field to score to the right of the posts and convert easily 7-0.
MV were fielding a new look team with lots of player and positional changes and it was clear there was a lack of cohesion. Wigan again exploited space and pace wide on the right and were away again to touch down wide near the touchline, the conversion hits the upright 12-0.
The away team lost Andy Quigley early with a head injury and were fighting hard in the forwards to keep in the game. Pressure down the right touchline brought a series of lineouts for MV and Wigan were punished with a yellow card for their second row offending.
MV won lineout ball and Kieran Edgar showed determination driving over to get MV onto the scoreboard, Tommy Newton converted 12-7.
Trafford followed this in short time as a loose ball in midfield was kicked through by John Green who followed up and hacked on again and chase the ball over the line to drop on it just left of the sticks for MV to go level at 12-12.
Wigan miss an easy penalty before they again found that space wide on the right with some good expansive passing touching down wide out and missing the conversion 17-12. This was the score at half time with the home team looking dangerous and MV working hard to stay in contention.
Trafford opened the second half brightly as some good play took them into the home ’22 Jamie Kingdon took a short pass at full pace and broke the defensive line to crash over and level the score at 17-17 with the conv missed once more.
The game was flowing end to end and a crucial point came as Wigan scored again and hit the post for the 3rd time in the game and then before the scoreboard could be updated they scored again, conv missed again to lead 27-17.
Sadly the game was drifting away from MV now as injuries cleared the MV bench of replacements and eventually left them with 14 men on the field. An interception on the right saw a contested race for the line 32-17.
A further try and missed conversion made it 37-17 to the home side. It was now running away from MV despite Wigan picking up 2 further yellows in the game. As the game was coming to an end a blindside break from a scrum brought a right flank breakaway again and Wigan’s 3rd kicker of the day missed yet another conversion the final score being 42-17 to Wigan.
This coming weekend Trafford are back in League action as they travel away to struggling Congleton. MV will be defending their marginal lead as leaders of the ADM Championship.
MV’s 2nd XV will play at home against Littleborough 2nds while the 3rd XV are also away at Aldwinians. International Rugby Union will be shown in the Clubhouse as England, Ireland and Wales are all in Autumn International games.