MV SHARE THE POINTS WITH LITTLEBOROUGH FOR HARD EARNED DRAW
By Wilf Dooley
A double from Chris Ward does enough to snatch a draw against battling Littleborough for Trafford MV
On a cold, wet and windy day Trafford MV welcomed Littleborough to McPherson Park. MV wanted to get back to winning ways and with the wind behind them, they started strongly. After a deep kick off down the centre, Littleborough's clearance kick gave Trafford the perfect chance to apply pressure on the visitors. A strong carry in the centre from Dominic West kept the visitors penned in their own 22. After a turn over Littleborough tried to kick clear again only to find Greg Warren, who put a well placed kick into the corner. Debutant Patrick Roberts won the race with the opposition winger to touch down a well earned try in the right corner. 5-0
Littleborough kicked high and short from the restart and were able to regather the ball. The slippery ball slipped out of the next tackle and quick thinking Chris Ward was first to react. Quickly gathering a difficult ball he was able to race to the try line from 60 meters, fending off 2 cover tackles on the way. Pat Eccles converted 12-0
Littleborough were next on the scoreboard. After strong running from the forwards a gap opened up for Littleborough to take full advantage 12-7. Trafford were still defending well but Littleborough had found an extra gear. The pressure in the MV 22 eventually led to a missed tackle, allowing Littleborough to cross over again. 12-12.
Throughout the half Trafford used the wind well and played through their phases. The defence was strong but a penalty for an high tackle in front of the post gave MV the chance though Pat Eccles to edge ahead.15-12 was the score at half time.
The rain continued to pour in the second half and Littleborough started the better of the two teams. Scoring a well worked try in the centre of the pitch and a penalty close after to edge in front. 15-17.
The tit for tat affair continued and it was now Trafford's turn to find an extra gear. Extended pressure in the Littleborough 22 gave the prolific Chris Ward the chance to power over from close range. 20-20.
Trafford MV have shown regular improvements each week and although the result wasn't exactly what was needed it was a fair result on the day. Man of the match for Trafford MV was Chris Ward.
This weekend MV have a tough job on as they hit the road in the last game prior to Christmas at West Park St Helens who will come into the fixture from a 5-39 away win at bottom club Tyldesley. Spectators are welcome to visit MacPherson Park to watch 2nd and 3rd XV vs De La Salle and Old Bedians respectively.