TRAFFORD MV OVERCOME WEST PARK TO GO TOP OF ADM
By Wilf Dooley
MV took the plaudits in a great game of rugby at MacPherson Park on Sat to take top spot in the ADM Premier Div.
Saturday brought a great game of rugby to Sale as League leaders West Park St Helens visited second placed Trafford MV. Excellent conditions saw two good sides put in a great effort sharing 13 tries and keeping an excited crowd on their toes until the very end of the game.
West Park opened very strongly and had taken the lead within minutes opening with an unconverted try out wide. MV responded with a good penalty from Pat Eccles but then again the visitors struck again crossing the line to go 3-10 in front. Looking like odds on favourites to take the game with their centre partnership playing strongly West park extended their lead further with another 2 tries, one converted to take a convincing lead 3-22. It was now or never for MV as a response was urgently needed this came as Pat Eccles took a quick tap penalty which saw former colt Danny Burke crash over from close range with Eccles converting 10-22. MV were full of spirit and it was the turn of classy Stuart Crampton to influence the game as he sliced through a gap in the defence and outpaced the cover defence to bring MV right back into it with Eccles conversion at 17-22. This was the half time score and West Park had already secured a 4 try bonus point.
Both sides were playing well and looking good and it was West Park that opened the second half scoring as again the picked up an unconverted try which was followed quickly by a Pat Eccles penalty to keep in touch at 20-27. MV were now contesting everything and playing well in both forwards and backs. It was the turn of last weeks man of the match second row Chris Ward as a sweeping MV move surged the length of the field for Ward to get the final touchdown. Eccles converted yet again to level the score for the first time in the game. West Park became camped on MV's line and desperate defence resulted in MV conceding a penalty try 27-34. MV came back into it once more levelling the score yet again with a super try from pace man James Matthie with Pat Eccles again adding the extra's at 34-34. Good ball retention from MV created a good attack left to right and it was evergreen Stuart Crampton getting his second with Eccles again converting 41-34. With the clock counting down West Park poured everything into their attack to try and get back on terms and as a long miss pass was thrown it was the flying James Matthie intercepting the ball in his own '22 who raced the length of the field with defenders falling behind in pursuit. Eccles converted 48-34. At the final whistle West Park were still pressing and they turned over scrum ball to score their 7th try of the game. Once again, and as proved costly in this game, the conversion was missed for a final score of 48-39 to MV.
This game certainly showed MV's credentials in this League and with bonus points being picked up along the way MV are in good form now sitting top of the ADM Lancashire Premier League now ahead of Heaton Moor who they face next week away from home. This will be another key mark game for MV in what is proving to be an exciting and competitive league.
MV's other senior sides were in action too with the 2nds winning away at Littleborough 19-37 and the 3rd XV losing at Old Bedians 52.33. MV are recruiting new players for all senior teams aged 18 plus - if you are interested in playing for MV just look us up on social media or contact Greg on 07834 857905
Man of the Match - Pat Eccles