Saturday saw the Wolves return to Emerson Valley, and to Rugby League action, after an enforced break in the season.
And the green shoots of recovery seemed to be breaking through for MK, as they picked up their first competition point of the season in a much-improved display.
It had so far been an exasperating first campaign for MK’s fledgling Rugby League side, with no wins from their first three matches, despite continually improving performances.
The three opening losses were then followed by a frustrating three weekends where away trips had to be cancelled due to a paucity of players. But, after a rallying call for players and encouraging training sessions, the Wolves assembled on the Emerson Valley pitch on Saturday determined to make amends for the previous poor weeks.
And it was the Wolves who started the brighter, with two early tries from Chris Wood and Kieran McConnell taking advantage of playing down the slight incline at Emerson Valley.
Kings Lynn hit back with continued pressure applied on the Wolves’ tryline. Eventually, MK's defence left slightly too big a gap which was exploited by the opposition who crossed for a try.
Although the sun shone, the pitch had clearly endured plenty of rain over the recent weeks, which meant holding onto the wet ball was always going to be a struggle. And so it proved, with handling errors on both sides acting as a real leveller in a game MK could and should have taken control of.
Like their Monty Python namesakes, the Black Knights simply refused to give up. Repeated tries from MK were but a flesh wound to Kings Lynn, who, matching the effort of the MK Wolves, managed to reduce their 2nd half defeceit and bring the scores back to level.
Nevertheless, Head Coach Gareth Edwards praised the Wolves performance: “That was an all-round better team display than we’ve seen in any game so far.
"The lads used their rugby brains out there, and it shows it’s those tiny errors that can make the difference between a win, a loss and a draw, and that’s what we’ll be working on in training – to iron out those minor inconsistencies. I take a lot of positives from that game.”
MK Wolves are in action again this Saturday with a home game against St. Ives Roosters. Entry is free, and kick-off is 2.30pm at Emerson Valley Sports Pavillion, Bowland Drive.
And the Wolves train at Emerson Valley Sports Pavillion on Wednesday evenings at 7pm – new players are always welcome. Email: MiltonKeynesRL@gmail.com