MV SUFFER HEAVY HOME DEFEAT TO HEATON MOOR
By Wilf Dooley
Trafford MV got off to a poor start an never recovered their composure in this opening game of 2019
Happy New Year!
Trafford MV certainly had not found renewed vigour over the Christmas break as they welcomed Heaton Moor to MacPherson Park for what proved to be a torrid afternoon. MV were once again without several first choice starters however this should not account for the lack of aptitude shown on the day. Weak defence and a lack of ideas going forward meant MV were up against from the opening whistle. Conceding 3 tries within the first 15 minutes set the scene and although MV battled to get back on terms for the next 20 mins they failed to collect any points despite spending long periods deepn in the Heaton Moor half. Crossing the line to be held up was the closest they could manage. As the game looked to have stabilized into a decent contest Moor broke out of their own ‘22’ and using their pacey wing were soon crossing under the MV posts. This was quickly followed by yet another converted try bringing the half to an end with an unflattering 0-35 lead for the visitors. Heaton Moor were playing reasonable rugby winning very good scrummage ball and edging line outs too. MV on the other hand struggled in all phases of play.
The second half went much the same as the first with MV failing to get decent possession and what ball they had was either lost cheaply or kicked away. MV need to be learning quickly from this run of defeats if there is any thought of turning things around. Heaton Moor maintained their disciplined basic style of play, doing nothing elaborate but winning good set piece ball, putting in hard graft between phases of play and recognizing the dangermen were out wide and getting the ball quickly into this area to use pace and elusive running to settle the game. Three more tries were conceded by MV with the Moor kicker converting two of them. With the gloom drawing in over the pitch MV collected a late consolation try from Paul Davenport converted by Pat Eccles for the whistle to be blown at 7-54.
This was a poor showing from MV in front of their home support and players really need to get a focus ahead of the next fixture which is a cup game at home this Saturday against Tyldesley kick off 2.15pm. Tyldesley are currently bottom of the League and were the team that MV last won against – by a single point – so this could go either way on current standing. Trafford MV are looking to welcome new players at all age groups, starting at 4 years of age through to teenage years in their mini / junior section plus new adult players are very welcome in all of the 3 senior sides at the Club.