TRAFFORD MV slipped to a 15-10 defeat against Oldham in the ADM Lancashire Premier League on Saturday.

A reshuffled MV opened well and spent long periods in the Oldham half with good driving play from the pack setting the standard.

Playing into the wind MV minimised their kicking and kept ball in hand through several phases of play often making good yards and keeping the visiting defence under pressure.

With 20 minutes gone, MV were pressing strongly in the left corner, camped on the Oldham line.

It was MV's number eight, Jon Feldman, who picked up at the base of a ruck and lunged over a body of players to get the touchdown.

From wide left Pat Eccles struck the conversion into the strong wind only to see the well-hit shot glance off the upright.

Trafford continued to have much of the better play during the second quarter of the game but with half time approaching, Oldham made a break through the centre and then linked wide with the winger who raced home.

With the wind behind them the try was comfortably converted to take the lead going into the break.

The sides changed ends with the strong wind now behind MV but the visiting team came out with a renewed vigour. However, MV were resolute in defence with Danny Burke and Andrew Moore putting in some massive hits in the centre.

Oldham extended their lead following strong forward pressure as a mass of bodies crashed over the line forcing the ball down, although the conversion was missed.

Recognising the competitiveness of the game and the close score, Oldham chose to take a shot at goal from their next penalty opportunity to extend their lead to 15-5.

Trafford were back in it when Moore crashed through the Oldham defence from close quarters and scored wide to the right of the posts.

Eccles struck his kick to the far post looking for the wind to draw the ball in however, for the second time in the game, the post was hit and the ball bounced back.

Oldham held out and MV collected a losing bonus point, however, they remain fourth-bottom ahead of this weekend's trip to title contenders Widnes.