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Trafford MV 10 - St Edwards Old Boys 20
5:09pm Monday 17th September 2012 in Sport
TRAFFORD MV welcomed St Edwards for their first home fixture of the season and following defeat at Tarleton last week MV were desperate to get back to winning ways.
St Edwards started the stronger side and immediately began to apply pressure but MV's well organised defence held firm. MV began to establish a foothold in the game with dominant scrum and line out allowing MV to advance into a good attacking area, Jack Gallagher cut through the centres to score under the posts. Ben Wheeler slotted the conversion and Trafford were 7-0 up.
MV were unable to penetrate a resilient away defence but dominated the set piece however sloppy recycling too often allowed St Edwards to clear their lines.
Trafford extended their lead through a Ben Wheeler penalty for a 10-0 advantage.Edwards finished the stronger forcing a penalty just before the interval. A missed tackle let Liverpudlians behind the Trafford defence, and a tactical penalty was conceded to allow Eddies a shot at goal rather than run over for a try for a half time score 10-3 to the home side.
MV had a second half to forget. Edwards kick and chase was good allowing the Trafford back three no space to counter.
When Trafford did have ball in hand they often went sideways rather than forwards which was easy to defend and lost ball at the breakdown.
MV continued to win the set piece but Eddies lived off MV’s mistakes which got them back in the game with a try in the corner. About 10 minutes later when they got another through a mix up between fullback and winger the score now at 10-15 and Trafford were chasing the game.
MV rarely retained ball for more than one or two phases and the visitots got the decisive score, through an error from a high ball.
Final score was 10-20.
MV have lots to work on now before the next game away to Oldham.