TRAFFORD PUSH WIDNES CLOSE BUT WIN EVADES THEM
By Wilf Dooley
Trafford MV picked up a losing bonus point as once again they fail to secure a win and halt their slide.
Once again MV's MacPherson Park was graced with excellent conditions for playing open running rugby and both sides tries their best to optimise the situation. The touchline was busy too as MV welcomed their Club Sponsors from local businesses to enjoy ADM Premiership Rugby with Trafford MV.
The game kicked off and it was MV getting the better of early exchanges and the scoring was opened with a penalty from Pat Eccles 3-0. MV were looking good and enhanced their lead when Jamie Kingdon took a short pass and burst through the defence from 30 yards sprinting to the line to score close to the uprights. Eccles converted 10-0 to MV. At this point and with untold refereeing decisions going against them MV's Andrew Clegg picked up a yellow card for a deliberate knock on which signalled a change in the game. MV reshuffled their pack and it was not long before Widnes struck with a converted try from Tom O'Neil bringing the game to life 10-7. It was a tight fought affair with both teams getting a good share of set piece ball but MV were consistently getting the wrong side of the referees decisions and the whistle was in frequent use. This gave Widnes enough ball to enable them to work their way over MV's line yet again with a try from Arnie Hancock converted by Andy Owens,10-17 before a Pat Eccles kick kept MV in touch with a well struck penalty at 13-17.
Widnes started the second half strongly just missing out on one attempted try before Jamie Patient strolled through a huge gap in the MV defence with Owens converting 13-24 and Pat Eccles again keeping MV on their heels with a further penalty16-24. The sway of the referee had now changed and it seemed Widnes were earning his wrath. MV centre Paul Davenport hit a good line and penetrated the visitors defence and with Eccles conversion MV were right back in there at 23-24. With the game in the melting pot the next score would be vital and unfortunately for MV it was Widnes scoring and picking up the 4 try bonus point as Josh Kenyon raced clear to score and Owens converted 23-31. The gap was opened further when Ryan Millington chipped through for Josh Paton to collect and step inside the defence to score 23-36. With the clock running down MV were throwing all they had at Widnes. The win proved to be out of reach but Pat Eccles capped a great performance by scoring and converting his own try in the dying minute to secure a losing bonus point at 30-36.
Not the best of results for MV but a somewhat better performance. Defence is the crunch area for MV to work on, their attacking game is good but a stiffer defensive structure needs to be enforced if winning ways are to return. This weekend see's MV travel to struggling Tyldesley who despite not yet winning a game this season have improved their performances recently and indeed only lost 22-30 against 4th placed Didsbury Toc H last weekend. MV therefore cannot afford to be over confident and need to play a full bloodied eighty minutes if they want that winning feeling back.