TRAFFORD MV edged out Wigan 18-17 on the road in their latest league outing.

The first 20 minutes played out evenly with the heavier home side driving hard at MV who defended well and attacked on the break.

Wigan broke the deadlock when pressure told and Connor Matthews scored under the posts with Ethan Jukes adding the conversion.

Another score quickly followed as Wigan took control and Max Livesey was put over for a 12-0 lead.

Other opportunities were fluffed by the home side as MV's dogged defence kept the attacks at bay.

As the first half was nearing a close, MV were camped on the home line and Wigan suffered a yellow card and conceded a penalty from Pat Eccles to close the half at 12-3.

MV maintained their good form into the second half and forced a second penalty, again from Eccles, to narrow to 12-6.

Trafford were competing well with Danny Burke and Andy Clegg taking good line-out and loose ball.

MV's big let down though was ball retention and often good ball was being lost in contact. Wigan took the initiative back when a crash ball off a good scrum was taken by Adam Dwyer, who split MV's defence for a try that was converted for a 17-6 lead.

Wigan again fell foul of the referee when a high tackle was punished with another yellow card, this time for Matthews.

MV took a quick tap penalty which resulted in a close-range score from the experienced Stuart Crampton to close the gap to 17-11.

The visitors were dominant in the later phases as Wigan tired and MV kept plugging away searching for another score.

Discipline proved Wigan's downfall and a series of penalties took MV deep into the hosts' half and the ball was swung wide right for MV to strike the vital blow with seconds left on the clock.

Centre Matt Coxon looked to have fumbled the opportunity but smartly recovered and wrong-footed the defence by stepping inside and crossing the line to rapturous emotions from his team-mates.

Eccles converted the crucial conversion for a single point win against a deflated Wigan. 

This Saturday Trafford MV host Ormskirk at MacPherson Park, kick off 3pm.