By Wilf Dooley
Trafford MV travelled to Merseyside in order to compete for the 2nd position in the ADM Championship as Aspull and Sefton held the top 2 placings respectively going into the game.
Bright sunny conditions welcomed the teams onto the pitch ahead of a well contested game.
Sefton had won convincingly in the earlier fixture back at MV’s MacPherson Park and the early exchanges looked ominous as all the early play came from the home team.
With barely 5 mins on the clock sustained pressure from Sefton opened the scoring after a break from the base of a 15 metre scrum saw a scrambled MV defence falter and a home score resulted.
The conversion attempt was missed 5-0. Soon after Sefton again took the advantage when they broke down the blind side from a ruck in their own half.
MV’s lack of defence was shocking and the home team raced down the wing to score their second try, missing the conversion again 10-0. Trafford were gradually growing into the game, struggling in the scrums but doing well in lineout and breakdown ball.
Following an incursion into the Sefton half a good break from MV stand off Pat Eccles put winger Leon Passley away down the right wing to score to the right of the posts for Pat Eccles to convert and narrow Seftons lead to 10-7.
Trafford MV managed to maintain the pressure in the Sefton half and earned a long range penalty the Eccles slotted well to level the score at 10-10.
Sefton reacted and came back with some good interplay down the right flank, good forward driving followed by a kick and chase saw them run in a score wide out on the right, again they missed the conversion 15-10 which was the score as the sides broke for half time.
The second half opened with the home side looking to extend their lead and it looked as if they had succeeded when they broke clear though only to knock on in front of the MV posts allowing MV to break out of defence.
MV’s defence was however looking brittle and poor tackling leaked another try and yet another missed conversion from Sefton 20-10.
Neither side was managing to get a stranglehold on the game and MV were soon in with a shout again when scrum half Jack Povey, who was having an influential game for MV, broke on the blind side and burst through 2 tacklers to bring MV to 20-15 with the conversion missed.
Sefton realised the closeness of the game and elected to kick their next penalty awarded to go 23-15 ahead. They added to this soon after as Sefton moved the ball well through hands to outnumber the MV defence and score wide left to touch down and convert and it looked like job done at 30-15.
However as the home fans were heading to the clubhouse it was MV that closed the scoring off as skipper Chris Ward picked up and drove hard to crash over from close range.
Pat Eccles missed the conversion and the whistle blew with Sefton winning and securing 2nd place in the league 30-20.
MV can be pleased with their competitive performance but must seek to improve in many aspects of their play.
Player of the match for MV was Danny Burke putting in some good defensive tackles and taking the game to the opposition, MV’s half back pairing performed well but the side now been to concentrate on their last couple of games to hang onto their 3rd place in the league.
This coming Saturday Trafford MV welcome New Brighton to MacPherson Park for a 2.15pm kick off and the Club calls on their local support to sheer the lads on in what might well be the last home game for the 1st XV this season.
Trafford MV also saw their 3rd XV lose out to local rivals Ashton on Mersey 1st XV 32-12 in the local derby fixture