MV SECURE CRUCIAL ONE POINT WIN AT TYLDESLEY
By Wilf Dooley
MV held on to bring home a last minute win from struggling Tyldesley - the teams meet again this week in the Cup
Once again excellent conditions were on the cards and both teams had lots to play for. MV really needed to turn their change in form around after 4 defeats whilst Tyldesley were still looking for their first win of the season. Not having met for several season it was relatively unknown territory for both teams and the game went on to reflect this.
The early minutes of the game were predominantly home based with good forward pressure and determined running from the blue and white backs. good support play led to the opening try for Tyldesley in the right hand corner, the kick being missed 5-0. MV came to life and as skipper Andy Quigley broke up the middle the ball was lost in the tackle and the loose clearance kick fell to Jamie Kingdon who brushed tackles aside to cruise away and level the score, Pat Eccles converted 5-7. MV now took the game on and good support play drove the ball close to the try line and it was Andrew Clegg that picked up a loose ball on the floor to step across and take the score under the sticks, Eccles again converted 5-14. MV now needed to capitalise however they suffered a blow as Andy Quigley picked up a dead leg and had to leave the field. Tyldesley took advantage and broke down the blindside to come back at 10-14, the kick missed. Both sides were showing poor tackling and poor ball retention and it was James Matthie that took advantage from a box kick running the ball back and making good ground before linking with Jamie Kingdon who broke through for his second, no conversion left it at 10-19, Again the opportunity to forge away was missed as MV allowed Tyldesley to score again and come back to 15 - 19, importantly for MV the home side were not converting. From the restart it was MV once again crossing the line as in form player Chris Ward scored again from the restart and to secure a bonus point for 4 tries at 15-26 with Eccles converting. The half time was now the opportunity for MV to decide their own future - could they score first and extend the gap?
Tyldesley answered that question by coming right back at MV, their bulldozing pack drove on and on and they finally crossed the line to secure their own 4 try bonus point at 22-26, once again no conversion was added. The end to end nature of the game was to continue keeping the supporters entertained and it was MV striking next as scrum half Pat Eccles made a superb break stepping past defender to eventually slip an offload to oncoming No 8 Jon Feldman who just needed to stroll though and dot down for Eccles again to convert 22-33. MV could not kill this game off and from the restart a spilled ball saw Tyldesley break from the scrum and force play on deep into the MV have and draw closer yet again with a unconverted try 27-33. MV were fighting hard to hold on and as time ticked away and the referee glancing at his watch it was the home side that drew the final blood to come within a point at 32-33 with the conversion to come. The kicking stats told the story as once again the Tyldesley kicker was unable to find the target and the ball drifted wide much to MV's relief as the whistle blew.
MV were back to winning ways, just, and if Tyldesley continue to compete with passion they will soon secure a deserved win. Both teams need to regroup and turn out again this week as the fixture is reversed for an ADM League Cup game at MV's MacPherson Park. MV will have a large crowd supporting as the game will be played alongside their Oddballs Beer Bash and with a Vets game preceding it. Kick Off is at 1.00pm and the Club is looking to draw a good local support with International Rugby matches being shown on big screens also. Come down and cheer on the Black and Whites.