Trafford MV went into round 11 of the ADM Championship with a number of team changes but in confident mood as the top 4 teams contested the leadership of the league.
Leaders Aspull were to face third placed Tyldesley while second placed Trafford MV hosted fourth placed Heaton Moor at MacPherson Park.
The game was played in very wet and slippery conditions and both teams tried to play a constructive game despite the elements.
Early exchanges were evenly contested as the 2 packs fought for dominance in the heavy conditions, MV looked the more adventurous with half backs Jon Lord and Aaron Booth looking to expand play and get the packs moving around the park and probing to territory to keep MV on the front foot.
Trafford MV looked strong in the scrum and it was No 8 Paul Davenport, impressing with his direct running and good ball carrying, that opened the proceedings for the home side bursting through onto a good short pass and crashing over after 20mins.
Aaron Booth converted for a 7-0 lead. MV lost flanker Andy Quigley for an indiscretion in loose play and within minutes of this yellow MV were stung again as prop Jack Gobbett also got a yellow for an offence in tight scrum play Heaton Moor were awarded a penalty try 7-7 and Trafford MV were down to 13 men.
This proved a crucial ten minute spell as MV stepped up their play and managed the contest well as Moor were kept at bay and MV were still positive in their play going forward.
As MV got back to full numbers play was more focussed the the Heaton Moor half and as 2nd phase ball was scrapped for short of the defending try line it was winger Simon Thornton that picked up loose ball and drove over from short range. Booth converted 14 – 7 for MV as the teams took a breather at half time.
As the game opened Trafford were quick off the mark and scrum half Jon Lord raced away in broken play to put MV in a dominant position, Booth converted for a 21 – 7 lead and now it was up to the home side to manage possession and maintain their momentum going forward as well as keeping a strong backbone to their defence.
The grit and determination was shown by Lean Passley, Aaron Fagan and captain Chris Ward who tackled relentlessly. Despite the conditions both teams worked hard and kept the wet supporters engaged in the game.
It was in the final minute of the game that centre Jamie Kingdon hit a perfect running line onto a precise pass to race in from just inside his own half leaving defenders trailing in his wake.
This was a good win and was one that all players and coach Kit Brammer could take great satisfaction from. There is still much to improve on for MV if they are intent on earning promotion and being able to compete in the higher division.
Lineouts can be made more effective, fitness can be worked at, as can passing accuracy and clean play under pressure. MV are also good at keeping the referee busy with the whistle which is again an area to improve.
Player mentions for MV are for full back Andrew Dobinson who played well under the high ball and defensive play, Nathan Hamilton in the centre worked good in defence and attack. MV’s front row of Gobbett, Simms and Cooper did plenty of scrum work and grafted hard in open play.
Player of the Match went to centre Jamie Kingdon who proves a continued scoring threat as well as making regular hard yards to keep play on the front foot.
Trafford MV enjoyed the win that put them back on top of the ADM Championship. Tyldesley lost 0-7 at home to Aspull which saw them slip behind Aspull into 3rd place Heaton moor dropped out of the top 4 to be replaced by Sefton.
The coming weekend will see Trafford travel to Tyldesley which is always a tight contest. MV will be looking to make a statement in this game and will hope to go into the Christmas break still in top spot.