This was a game that should have had a predictable result however an upset was on the cards from the moment Trafford MV got delayed in traffic.

MV arrived shortly before kick off and without time for adequate pre match warm up and preparation. MV entered the game as firm favourites from a 2nd league placing vs bottom of the league Hoylake.

The game kicked off in excellent November conditions with a firm pitch and just a slight breeze to contend with.

The home side started strongly taking advantage of Trafford’s lack of preparation and had soon built up a 12-0 lead. A quick tap penalty and subsequent off load brought a converted try and was followed fairly quickly as a pick up and go down the blindside from the base of a scrum caught MV short handed in defence and an easy try resulted. 12-0 with only 20 mins on the clock.

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The home side struck again with half time approaching as a kick down the wing was poorly judged by MV, the knocked on attempted catch was collected by the home side who raced in from 70 metres for  a real sucker punch try, converted for a 19-0 lead.

What was more daunting for MV was the fact they were playing against 14 men following a home red card for a thrown punch on the 30 minute mark.

The second half brought some improvement for MV as they managed to get more of the ball and mount sustained periods of pressure.

Tommy Newton scored to bring some life into MV’s game and it was then Zac Day who brought MV back into contention with an interception and touchdown under the posts which was easily converted by Stubbs.

Hoylake were left short manned once more with a yellow mid way through the half but MV were unable to take advantage. Paul Davenport was influential for MV as he came on from the bench.

Trafford struggled throughout the game unable to get good clean possession at the breakdowns and found themselves frustrated by some of the refereeing decisions which allowed the home side to kill ball which should have been playable for MV.

Better presentation and protection of the ball taken into contact must be a major improvement area for MV if they are to succeed in their title challenge.

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This was definitely a set back in MV’s title ambitions which have been sorely dented by this defeat. Aspull took advantage of MV’s poor showing by leapfrogging from 3rd to 1st place whilst Tyldesley didn’t play and slipped from 1st to 3rd. MV held onto 2nd place.

MV do not play this weekend coming and their next fixture is on 4 December 2021 with Sefton the visitors to MacPherson Park.

Trafford MV are inviting local rugby players to come along and join in training sessions at MacPherson Park and enjoy the unique atmosphere and friendship of a local amateur Rugby Union Club. Message wilfdooley@virginmedia.com for info