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Trafford MV Rugby Club opened the new year with a hard fought win at home to regain the top spot in the ADM Championship.

On a very heavy pitch following recent heavy rains MV did well to get the game on when many in the region were cancelled.

Both teams were up for the game after their Christmas/New Year break and the tussle among the forwards was there throughout the game and in the backs it was a case of working hard to stay warm in the cold wet conditions.

For a good period in the early stages it was a war of attritions as teams struggled to gain any advantage. Trafford MV managed to strike first and play was taken deep into the visitors ’22.

MV forced a driving maul towards the try line and it was No 8 Paul Davenport that peeled off the side of the maul to power over from close range.

The conversion kick was missed 5-0.shortly afterwards it looked as if MV were getting to grips as they pressed and won a penalty which Aaron Booth kicked to go 8-0 ahead. The game then took a swing as Garstang upped their game to get back in contention. The visitors kicked deep into the MV half and got themselves in a position to harrass MV.

A loose ball shot over the MV line and Garstang were quicker to react and get the touchdown, the conversion kick went wide and MV were now concerned at 8-5. This try was followed by a converted penalty kick as the scores were levelled shortly before the half time whistle.

Play was very even and both sides suffered setbacks and first MV were hit with a red card for Andy Quigley and then soon after Garstang suffered a similar fate as they had a second row red carded.

As the game drew on and the visibility was gloomy it was Garstang that looked to take the initiative, a break from well inside their own half saw a breakaway try with a three quarter length of the field race and a try under the posts which was easily converted to go 8-15 ahead with time running out.

MV kept their heads and maintained possession as they got themselves back into dangerous positions. From a scrum MV broke infield and it was stand off Aaron Booth that sprinted and jinked his was through the Garstang defence to score to the right of the uprights and then convert his own try to level scores at 15-15. 

As the seconds ticked away the crowd had settled for the draw, happy with MV rescuing the game however with a late twist Garstang shot themselves in the foot by giving away a penalty.

Aaron Booth converted well to steal the game for MV with a 18-15 win. This was a repeat of MV’s away win against Garstang back in September when that result was a 15-18 win for Trafford also secured with the final kick of the game !

This win takes MV back into the pole position in the ADM Championship ahead of Aspull and Sefton. This coming weekend see’s Trafford hit the road and head for Littleborough who are currently sitting in a mid table 7th position.

On Sunday Jan 16th Trafford MV are hosting a festival of Girls Rugby at MacPherson Park (M33 6LR). Girls aged 13’s to U18’s are invited to come on down and introduce yourself if interested in playing Rugby Union.

Clubs from across the region will be bringing teams and players to enjoy the game in a friendly, competitive atmosphere. There will be a game at 2.00pm between Trafford MV vs Upper Eden(Cumbria) Womens teams. It would be great to see plenty of local support cheering the girls on.

(Written by Wilf Dooley)