TRAFFORD MV's season continued it's downward spiral as a poor second half allowed Didsbury Toc H to run away in the latter stages of the game for a comfortable 39-10 away win in the ADM Premier League on Saturday.

The visitors opened strongly and for the first 20 minutes MV hardly managed to get out of their own 22 let alone their own half.

Desperate last-ditch tackling and frantic scramble defence was all MV could string together and they were lucky to contain the visitors to just two unconverted tries, with the kicker struggling as he had the previous week, much to MV's benefit.

It was not looking a promising scoreline, however MV did make some effort to pull their game together and obtain better possession scoring a penalty to make it 10-3.

The game had become more competitive but Toc were still running hard and punching holes in MV's defence and it came as a shock to the visitors as MV forced a break down the wing for Luke Shaw to race away and get the touchdown.

Pat Eccles converted to level at 10-10 just before the half-time whistle blew.

MV really needed to keep their composure and build on what they had ended the half with, especially when Toc had a prop red carded as MV's Clegg was yellow carded.

But the hosts failed to make this advantage pay at any point in the second period.

As in the previous week's cup game, Toc struck early with a further two unconverted tries to make it 20-10 and after that, MV's performance levels dipped.

Captain Eccles and Dom West were injured and Andy Quigley was carded late in the game as the team failed to have much direction in their play.

Players slipped off tackles, huge gaps were left at line-outs and positional kicking left much to be desired.

Further tries came late in the game as MV had hung their boots out to dry and the visiting kicker finally found some form, sending over two long-range conversions from the touchline.

This weekend MV travel to West Park St Helens, while the seconds are at home against Upper Eden from Cumbria, kick off 2.15pm.