Written by Wilf Dooley
Trafford MV welcomed Congleton to MacPherson Park for a rearranged ADM Championship fixture in glorious conditions.
It was a must win game for MV if they were to remain in competition around the top of the League.
The visiting team however had not read MV’s script and it was Congleton that started the game brightly scoring and converting very early in the game and then following that with a further try and conversion with only 15 mins on the clock for a deserved 0-14 lead.
MV were incurring turnover by taking the ball in high and having it stripped off them by the Congleton pack. MV needed to be better in ball presentation and protection and it was proving costly.
Trafford MV began to get themselves back into a competitive frame of mind and following good forward commitment the ball was driven deep into the Congleton ’22 and newcomer to the side 2nd row Joe Hynes finished off by crashing over from short range.
Fly half Louis Stubbs converted 7-14. Trafford were now getting a steadier supply of ball and were able to string passages of play together.
A concerted flow of attack down the right flank eventually created room for MV winger Jon Lord to fly over in the corner, the conversion missed from wide out 12-14 which the sides took into the break.
Traffords bad habit of slow starts was evident again as the second half opened and they were again caught cold as Congleton struck again using their big crash ball centre who burst through on a short ball to score under the posts, converted by their stand off 12 – 21.
It was Trafford captain Chris Ward that started a resurgence in MV’s performance as he broke out of congested play just inside his own half to slalom his was through a disrupted Congleton defence to score beneath the posts, Stubbs converted easily 19-21. This was an exciting game for the supporting fans of both sides.
MV were playing with more confidence and it was becoming clear that the visiting pack were starting to tire.
It was MV scrum half Jack Povey, getting his debut 1st XV start that struck next as he cut his was through close range defence from the base of a scrum to put MV ahead for the first time in the game, the conversion from wide on the left went astray 24 – 21 for Trafford. Congleton were not about to lie down yet and once again they used their big centre runner to burst through on crash ball play to again score close to the posts and convert 24 – 28.
It was now that within the space of a few minutes MV were to turn the game upside down. MV stand off Louis Stubbs who had been influential in MV play throughout the afternoon suddenly burst onto the scene with two tries in quick succession both from long range as he spotted gaps in the defence and used his pace to open up and race away leaving defenders grasping at this air.
He converted both of his own tries to force MV into a 38-28 lead which was to be the final score.
The final score 38-28 somewhat flattered Trafford MV as Congleton had led for much of the game making a mockery of their lowly league position.
The win puts Trafford back into 3rd position in the ADM Championship behind leaders Aspull and Sefton.
This coming weekend Hoylake will be the visitors to MacPherson Park (Sale M33 6LR) and MV will be looking to build on this turnaround win and increase pressure on the top of the table.
Saturday also brings the final day of the Six Nations Championship and all games will be shown on the big screens at Trafford MV – local Rugby lovers are invited to come along and enjoy a real Rugby Club atmosphere, non members welcome.
Trafford MV are also calling on any local youngsters who may have been inspired to come and join the rugby family – absolute beginners and novices are invited to come and start your Rugby journey in a well run, long established rugby club with excellent facilities – contact email@example.com
(Pic: Player of the Match Louis Stubbs converting)