Manchester 46 Moore 24
Moore missed the opportunity to take top spot in the league with defeat at Manchester, ending their 11 match winning streak.
Moore started brightly, with excellent ball retention seeing Sam Craven score Moore’s first try within a minute of the game starting after Moore had masterfully retained their own kick off. Moore generally looked composed and were carrying the ball well, but quickly learned about the potency of Manchester’s ability to counter attack.
On a very wide pitch, Manchester were able to use their absolutely electric wingers to their full effect. Time and again, Manchester were able to turnover ball and either kick deep or pass to the wingers and watch them fly down the field.
Moore reacted well and looked comfortable when playing through phases and would score an excellent team try with Jayson Biddle providing excellent support to take the ball in to ensure Moore stayed in touch at the half with a score of 28-12 in favour of the hosts.
Moore’s hopes of second half comeback were somewhat dashed following two quick early tries from Manchester putting the game beyond them for the day.
Moore, to their credit continued to play the game to the bet of their abilities, whereas previously they would have caved in and let the score line get out of hand. This was rewarded by two further tries for Moore scored by Joe Pidgeon and Matt Bradshaw.
The defeat sees Moore return to third the league table, two points behind Manchester and two points behind league leaders Anselmians. Whilst a victory would have put Moore top and left them looking far more comfortable in the promotion chase, there will be any not let up and Moore will look to return to winning form when they play Capenhurst on March 9th.