TRAFFORD MV EXTEND THEIR LEAD IN ADM LANCASHIRE PREMIER LEAGUE
By Wilf Dooley
A big performance from MV saw the come from behind to secure a 33-38 win at Heaton Moor
Trafford MV did what they had to do as they maintained their hold on the leadership of the ADM Lancashire Premier League at Heaton Moor Rugby Club on Saturday. MV Coach Ricky Phillips and Captain Andy Quigley had high expectations of their players and they were not disappointed by the performance put in.
In excellent conditions and on a very good pitch MV got an insight of what was ahead when from the kick off a missed tackle allowed the home winger to race in virtually untouched for a try on the touchline with only seconds on the clock 5-0. MV tightened up their defence and went in search of parity and it was scrum half Pat Eccles that struck back with a quick tap penalty and dart for the line with the conversion added by himself 5-7. It was MV that struck again next as big winger Jamie Kingdon broke his tackle and strode over out wide for an unconverted try 5-12. MV lost influential playmaker stand off Stuart Crampton with a hamstring pull which forced a positional reshuffle as Paul Davenport replaced.
Heaton Moor cane right back into the game when they forced a lineout deep in the MV half. A good catch and drive enabled a forward drive from 5 metres to get the touch down and conversion for a 12-12 score. MV regained the lead when in their own half MV winger Jamie Kingdon took a good crash ball and split the home defence to race 60 metres down the middle of the park with the defence trailing behind to secure a bonus point. Pat Eccles converted for a 12-19 half time lead with both sides still in with a good shout.
Early in the second half with MV attacking the clubhouse end in front of the home spectators hooker Keiran Lalley hit jumper Danny Burke with a clean throw, the ball was fed to the onrushing Chris Ward who burst through the lineout for his 3rd try in 3 games, on good form, for Eccles to convert at 12-26. The home side were not lying down and rallied with a converted try of their own coming back to 19-26. The highlight of the game followed as Moor were throwing everything at MV, second row Andrew Clegg intercepted a long pass deep in his own half and with the home defence totally flatfooted he set off on a 70 meter foot race for the try line finally swatting off a flailing tackle from the chasing winger 19-31. MV suffered injuries again with Matt Coxon and Jon Lord both leaving the field and further positional changes were forced as Jon Feldman and Leon Passley replaced.
The spirited Moor side kept plugging away and secured a bonus point of their own with their fourth try of the game converted at 26-31. MV worked a good planned move from a set scrummage and the blindside break saw Pat Eccles sprint in converting the score himself for a 26-38 lead. The home side kept playing with a second bonus point their aim and scored with the final play of the game converting for a final 33-38 score line and to take 2 losing bonus points. Man of the Match for Trafford MV was Danny Burke who lead by example throughout the game putting in crunching tackles and breaching the defence on numerous occasions but overall his linking together the attack and defence for MV is very impressive.
Trafford MV have now opened up a 4 point gap at the top above West Park and this weekend they will be facing big name opposition in the shape of Liverpool St Helens, ko 3.00pm, who as yet have not shown their best form with 2 wins and 2 losses opening their season and sitting 6th in the league.MV now have to keep putting in the hard yards as they are the team to beat week in week out for all other teams. MV's 2nd XV won 44-19 over Vale of Lune and the 3rd XV won 39-31 over Marple.
MV Man of the Match Danny Burke