TRAFFORD MV's ADM Lancashire Premier League campaign continues to stutter after a 43-34 defeat at Oldham.

The hosts kicked off and immediately put the pressure on Trafford with a series of strong drives deep into the MV danger zone.

This was followed by a quick switch of play and Oldham kicked to the opposite corner, where the ball was gathered and dotted down by their winger in their deep-end zone.

Oldham were next to score again following a good backs move that saw their winger go over in the corner.

MV then began to retain possession and play improved, gaining good go-forward ball which allowed them to put in some attacking kicks for territory.

Following a period of good MV field possession, Oldham conceded a penalty and a five-metre line-out drive went over for the visitors' first points.

Oldham fired straight back with another try in the corner to make it 21-5 but MV kept battling for good possession and kept it tight, building pressure in the hosts' 22 resulting in a series of penalties followed by a yellow card to the home side.

The resulting five-metre scrum resulted in a penalty try.

Oldham maintained the upper hand, though, and were the next to put points on the board with a penalty.

MV responded with an unconverted try before the interval.

The second half opened with a Trafford MV try which went unconverted, but once again the home side came quickly back with a try from a five-metre line-out.

The see-saw game saw MV come back again to 31-27 with a try. 

Continued pressure on the Oldham line and another series of penalties, another yellow card, and another penalty try from the scrum for MV saw them lead for the first time at 34-31.

Oldham then took a quick kick off while MV were still within their 22, putting the ball deep into the long, dead-ball zone for a sucker punch try.

MV's Andy Quigley was then shown a yellow card for questioning the legality of this move and while they were a man down, Oldham used the extra man to get on the outside to score again to put themselves out of reach.

Trafford were naturally disappointed with the result which, despite being a strong performance, plunged them into the relegation places.

MV play Aldwinians in the cup this weekend.