Trafford MV’s game was played in wet, miserable conditions and MV’s performance was a little lacklustre to say the least.
Back to near full strength were expecting a comfortable day however this was not on the cards as Congleton put in a very competitive performance.
Congleton scored early with a converted try as MV started slowly again, which is a failing that needs resolving, a subsequent penalty gave the home team a 10-0 lead which MV managed to haul back after 20mins as from a scrum close to the Congleton line scrum half Tommy Newton sniped close and dives over. Louis Stubbs converted 10-7.
Trafford eventually took the lead shortly before half time as scrum ball was moved sharply to the right, Jamie Kingdon timed his run well and hit a neat line cutting between the opposition centres without a hand being laid on, Stubbs converted 10-14 to MV going into the break.
MV were looking the marginally better side in the second half. however the home were very competitive especially in the forwards.
Some good driving play from MV enabled captain Chris Ward to go on a rampaging run up the middle of the park before veering left and making his way to touch down.
A conversion was missed 10-19. MV looked dangerous on a couple of occasions but took wrong options to butcher good opportunities. The home team had a good spell as they earned the benefit of the referees decisions by keeping MV under pressure and forcing mistakes.
The referee awarded Congleton 2 penalties in quick succession which their stand off kicked easily to narrow the gap to only 3 points with 5 minutes to go 16-19.
MV threw their all into a late attack and a good driving maul took them into the home ’22, a follow up drive in front of the posts took play to within 10 yards of the Congleton line.
The ball was lost and frantic turned over ball was put under pressure by MV on the home try line which was finally fumbled and taken by MB stand off Louis Stubbs right on the try line to drop on and touch down, converting his own try for a final score of 16-26.
This was certainly not a game for the spectators and both teams and the referee will need to put in better performances to provide entertaining games for the rest of the season. MV have a lot to offer but really need to get their game to click and rise above the average.
This coming weekend is a rest weekend in the League and MV will need to be out on the practise paddock to fine tune their game. MV’s next game will be away at Hoylake.
By Wilf Dooley