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1st XV - Match centre

Trafford MV
Bolton
Sat 21 Apr 15:00 - Northern Division - North Lancs/Cumbria Full time

TRAFFORD MISS OUT AT HOME AGAINST BOLTON

A good Bolton side ruled the roost at MV's MacPherson Park in final game of 2017/18 season

Trafford MV's season closed on a glorious day at MacPherson Park in front of a big crowd. Plenty of sport was on offer as Rugby, Cricket and Gaelic Football were all played on the pitches of Trafford MV. Bolton were the visitors and were competing for a play-off spot in North Lancs / Cumbria league and were coming into the game on the back of 14 consecutive wins !
MV's captain Andy Quigley led his team into action and the crowd were not disappointed by the afternoons Rugby. Both teams played an expansive game and if anything the defence of the visiting team was the difference.
Bolton opened strongly and MV conceded early errors which brought the visitors the opening score from Murphy to which MV responded with a long range penalty from Pat Eccles 3-5. On ten minutes a drive from a lineout saw Bates break off and score for Bolton, Speakman converting 3-10. Bolton were looking good with strong runners and good handling causing MV problems. Bates scored his second after 20mins from a quick tap penalty, Speakmans conversion making it 3-17. MV came back into contention when Andy Quigley made a break from 30 yards, a neat side step took him away from the defence and a try close to the posts resulted. Pat Eccles converted to go 10-17. Bolton struck twice in quick succession as first Robinson and then Bates scored tries plus a Speakman conversion. MV came back again before the break with Jamie Kingdon bursting through a strong defence 15-29.
Bolton came out strong once again with a McClusky try and a Bates penalty. MV were striving to keep in touch and this time it was coach Stuart Crampton that scored. Bate collected his 4th try of the game for Bolton from a tap penalty and dummy. MV rallied somewhat in this period and tries came from Pat Eccles and Luke Cox with Eccles converting both. Both sides were enjoying the tussle and both picked up another try each before the whistle blew at 41-53 to Bolton.
Pat Eccles was Man of the Match for MV probing and pushing at every opportunity. MV can be please with their season and will surely have now recognised where they have to improve to get into those top four promotion chasing places. The club also need to improve their strength in depth and will be on a recruitment drive over the Summer to find local players willing and able to compete for a 1st XV jersey at Trafford MV.

Photo MV Captain Andy Quigley vs Bolton

The sport now changes at MacPherson Park as the whites of the cricket XI replace the rugby Black and Whites. MV 1st XI opened their season with a drawn game against Over Peover both sides out for 125 runs. MV are looking to develop their junior cricket and are working hard to recruit new young players to grow this section of the Club. The ECB initiative for 5-8 year olds All Stars Cricket will be hosted on Tuesday evenings from May 15th and those interested should get signed up as soon as possible to ensure kit bag and uniform arrive on time. You can sign on at https://ecb.clubspark.uk/AllStars/Course/02801a02-14ec-4938-92db-332ec16e2677

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# Team Pl Pts
6. Oldham 26 76
7. Tarleton 26 75
8. Trafford MV 26 64
9. Aldwinians 26 62
10. Fleetwood 26 60
11. Littleborough 26 45
12. Hawcoat Park 26 34

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