High quality Raging Bull North West A League
Competitive, entertaining if somewhat nervy affair.
A match up between the two teams at the wrong end of the high quality Raging Bull North West A League served up a highly competitive, entertaining if somewhat nervy affair. Both teams were very evenly matched on the day, playing in similar styles with the forwards seeing most of the ball in a match that saw possession swing to and fro on a regular basis.
Sandbach, on the back of a win against Wirral the previous week, mounted the early attacks and took the lead early with a penalty (offside Trafford) converted from just outside the twenty-two. Trafford responded in precisely the same manner a few minutes later with the penalty (offside Sandbach) converted by Ross to make it 3-3.
The match then settled into each team having periods of possession in the forwards, but with repeated turnovers in the loose and handling errors out wide none of this pressure converted into points.
Sandbach suffered an injury to their dangerous looking flanker which reduced them to fourteen – but this seemed to galvanise their team and they had a spell of concerted possession within Trafford’s twenty-two towards the back end of the period. Excellent defence though saw Trafford clear their lines through good work by Simon Thornton and the half time whistle came.
Half Time: Trafford 3 – 3 Sandbach.
A very bright start to the second half for Trafford as the pressure from the kick off saw Sam Murray, after good support play, held up on the Sandbach line. The resulting Trafford scrum saw our impact substitute on the day, Ethan, peel off and crash over in typical style for the try out wide.
Good reward for the forwards who performed well through out the match. The try was not converted though.
And so it was Sandbach’s turn for pressure on Trafford’s line. Wave after wave of attacks were repelled by Trafford’s defence, their backs were up quickly and were well marshalled throughout the day, but Trafford had no kicking option to clear and ultimately Sandbach went over to level the score. A try not converted, so scores even at 8-8.
Again the game swung from side to side, but the obvious desire to get the score caused errors and no team could capitalise on their chances. Muzzy continued to create turnover chances for Trafford and Rory Canham always looked dangerous with darting breaks from scrum half but to no avail.
Sandbach caused pressure from Trafford’s ill discipline on the near touchline, but again Trafford’s defence was strong and their tenacious defending saw Sandbach off.
Sandbach, being one short, were tiring towards the end but Trafford increasing territory gains were repelled by the excellent defensive kicking of Sandbach and the match closed out with no further score.
Full Time: Trafford 8 – 8 Sandbach.
So two league points each - A close and tense match to watch. The score was a fair reflection of the game from two teams who look dangerous throughout, but without the final killer ball on the day to make all the hard work pay off.
The match was refereed well and played in a good spirit. Both teams look of a standard which bodes well for the next phase of the season – a period which will surely see both gaining better reward from their undoubted talent and efforts.
Trafford MV Man Of The Match: Muzzy
Report by Adrian