Send us news, start your message Messenger News and your send photos and videos to 80360
Trafford MV reach play offs
1:42pm Tuesday 24th April 2012 in Sport
ON Saturday Trafford MV hosted Bolton for the penultimate game of the league.
MV needed a win to keep their play off hopes alive. MV elected to play into the wind and the boggy conditions didn't help with MV's game plan, and the home side struggled to impose any authority on the match for the opening 20 minutes.
Bolton dominated early possession, but Trafford's defence was immense with tough tackling driving the Bolton team back.
Bolton's main weapon was the driving maul from the line out, which they used to good effect.
MV earned some much needed territory and made Bolton pay for an infringement on their 10 metre line, MV skipper Ben Wheeler stepped up to the mark and slotted a tremendous penalty into the wind.
Much against the run of play, MV were up and running 3-0.
Bolton responded almost immediately, Trafford's pack were unable to halt a driving maul, and this saw Bolton cross the try line and convert their score to take the score to 3-7.
The game now shifted in momentum. MV began to apply pressure in the Bolton half and didn't offer any easy escape route. The pressure told when scrum half Pat Eccles sniped around the blind side of a ruck shrugging off a weak tackle to run in MV's first try of the game.
The conversion was good and MV led 10-7.
A further Ben Wheeler penalty saw MV extend their lead to 13-7 at half time.
With the wind now behind the home side, MV pinned Bolton deep in their own half, wearing the opposition down and attacking wide out. Winger Chris Eccles evaded his opposite number and dive over in the corner for an excellent finish which stretched the Trafford lead to 18-7.
MV's forwards were soon in on the act, and it was the bulky prop Paul Hodgson who touched down after a great 20mtr rolling maul.
Again Wheeler added the extras and the game was almost won at 25-7.
Bolton hit straight back and a loss of concentration saw Bolton drive the MV front eight backwards at a rate of knots. Bolton scored and brought the total back to 25-14 With time ticking MV were looking for the bonus point, Wheeler cleared the lines and the Bolton fullback misjudged the bounce full back Gaz Bevan fly hacked through, winning the footrace he dived on the ball to secure the bonus point and the win for Trafford MV. Final score 32-14.
Both of MV's rivals for second spot fell by the wayside, St Edwards losing at Littleborough and Hutton beaten at home by Tarleton. With results going MV's way second place and a play off spot were secured with one game still to play.
The Play Off match has been announced and MV will travel to Whitehaven on April 28 - there will be a supporters coach on the day as Trafford MV aim to take the next big step.
Comments are closed on this article.