Didsbury Toc H 26 – Moore 46
Moore recorded back to back victories for the first time this year after an impressive victory away at Didsbury Toc H.
A quick starting Moore were able to quickly run up an impressive 19-0 lead with excellent play from the Moore back line as they were able to exploit gaps in the Didsbury defence. An excellent use of the overlap saw Sam Craven open the scoring, quickly followed by an excellent score by Joe Pidgeon. There could have been a trifecta of Moore backline tries, but winger Craig Millington was held up short, Jack Harvey instead able to convert.
The hosts were able to re-establish themselves in the game thanks to some strong running from their forwards. As ever, Moore didn’t help their cause around the ruck and were constantly giving yards from penalties. This allowed Didsbury to pick up two fairly cheap scores to bring the game to 12-19 at the half.
Eager to resist similar slip ups that have already happened this season, Moore set out in the second half to secure the game. A great kick chase from the kick off saw Moore pressure Didsbury into making a poor kick, this was well recycled and Joe Pidgeon was able to carve through for his second score.
Again, Didsbury looked to come back into the game and started to advance up the field well, again using well recycled balls at breakdowns to advance up the field. Their persistence paid off and Didsbury were able to grab a score to take it to 19-26 and leave the game looking somewhat more wide open.
Moore were able to finally take control of the game with an excellent worked move from the blindside which saw debutant prop Ash Wakefield crash over from short range to increase the lead to 19-31. From there, Moore started to dictate play and manage the clock well. With Didsbury desperate to get back into the game they looked to try to stretch Moore, but an awry pass was excellent kicked through by Sam Craven for another score and really seal the game off with under 15 minutes to go.
Didsbury were again pushing and used an excellent driving maul to good effect, picking up a penalty try after Moore collapsed the maul. Didsbury would try the same tactic moments later, but this time the Moore pack were well aware of the tactic and were able to nullify it easily, really signalling the end of Didsbury’s attacking threat in the game.
The game was not yet over, and Joe Pidgeon was able to secure his hat trick on the day and 8th try of the season with another excellent break to finish the game 26-45.
The result sees Moore move up into 5th after 5 games of the season. Moore have a rest week this coming weekend (Oct 6th) before facing Knutsford at home on October 13th.
T – Joe Pidgeon (3), Sam Craven (2), Ashley Wakefield(1), Jack Harvey (1)
C – Sam Craven (5).