A great game in a high quality league.
A beautiful day at the Finney Bank Road
Trafford MV RFCC Junior Colts 12 v 45 Leigh RFC Junior Colts
Reported by Adrian
A beautiful day at the Finney Bank Road and high-flying Lymm were in town. A good crowd assembled to watch an entertaining match with free flowing rugby the order of the day, however on this occasion Lymm were just better in that department and this proved to be Trafford’ undoing.
With some encouragement for Trafford in the forwards’ department, MV had the edge at set plays and overall the possession and territory was fairly even. But Lymm were ruthless with ball in hand, displaying great passing through the back line and with silky speedy runners Trafford’s defence was broken regularly as Lymm controlled the tempo of the game.
Early exchanges suggested the teams were evenly balanced, Lymm scored a converted try after 7 minutes in a trademark break from their backs and Trafford responded with a decent team try created by the forwards strength seeing Nico Nealon go over in the corner for an unconverted try in the 20th minute.
But then Lymm turned on the style, scoring almost immediately by return with quick ball again to the runners too easily defeating Trafford’s defence for a score under the posts, the conversion followed. Then came an audacious chip from Lymm’s mid-field to off-set Trafford’s defensive line and the Lymm’s speedy backs pounced again for their third converted score just before half time.
Half time: 5 – 21. A lot of effort and positive aggression by Trafford in the first period but not enough to come of it.
Lymm were quick off the blocks as the game restarted, they scored early in the half, this time off line out possession as Trafford yielded possession in an area of the game they had been comfortable in to that point - an unconverted try resulted for Lymm.
This was getting tough for Trafford but all credit to the lads; playing to their forward strengths they mounted concerted pressure to create a few chances in the mid period of the second half. This pressure ultimately got its reward with a try scored off a line out drive with Ethan Cornick going over, the conversion following on from Ross Dunleavy.
However, Lymm came back and put the game beyond any doubt with a great team try, with fast passing and decisive running lines outdoing Trafford once again. A converted try saw the score move to 12 – 33 and put the game well beyond the home side.
Substitutes on both sides followed as the game lost a bit of shape, however with Lymm’s back line still calling the shots they ran in two tries in the closing minutes to move the final score to 12 – 45 to the visitors.
Final score: 12 – 45.
Certainly a decent showing up front from Trafford - with a bit more variety and sounder handling off the back of good possession and territory the score could have been that bit closer. The backs had to work very hard in this match, tenacious tackling and constant vigilance against a vibrant opponent were the order of the day.
Again a good effort by a number of new recruits for Trafford, great to see Joe Hambleton make his debut for the club and well done to the all the Trafford lads for a determined display against a talented Lymm outfit.
Congratulations to Lymm – a well-marshalled team with that spark of dynamism, which will make them tough to beat this season. Thank you to our referee for making the match a very enjoyable spectacle played in a great spirit.
Trafford MV Man Of The Match: Nico Nealon