Stockport’s poor start to 2018 continues
Missed tackles, a rumbling prop and the odd shape of the bouncing ball
Stockport lurched from bad to worse suffering a 2nd defeat in 2 weeks to continue their miserable start to 2018 at the hands of Trafford MV. With captain Andy English unavailable due to a spot on his neck, 2nd row Paul Jackson stepped up to the plate and took the reins which was seemingly going well as Stockport started strongly and soon saw wing Nathan Ludlaim over in the corner for the first try of the afternoon which unfortunately he failed to covert. Another display of complacency and a lack of tackling saw Trafford back into the game with a converted score under the posts however not to be outdone, Stockport came back onto the attack with a dominant scrum seeing No.8 Ash Kierans crash over for a try converted by full back Lee Percival. Not content with this, Stockport applied further pressure which resulted in a score for scrum half James Shallcross which was also converted by Percival giving the away team a 19-7 half time lead.
Trafford were first to score in the 2nd half with a booming penalty however Stockport then managed to conjure a great try as a ball back on the inside found Percival who bust through and having been half held managed to offload to centre Mo Newton for a try converted by Percival to give Stockport a 26-10 lead. Trafford were not to be deterred and came back with tries of their own including one from their marauding prop straight from the kick and before soon it was 26-23 to Stockport. A long range penalty from Ludlaim made it 29-23 but then Trafford came back to make it 29-29 with minutes left to play. With both sides pushing for the winning score, a hopeful kick from Trafford evaded Ludlaim with an awful bounce but straight into the arms of the onrushing Trafford player to dot down for a converted score giving the home side at 36-29 win.