Old Bedians 21 Moore 21
Moore secured a draw on their travels thanks to a late try from substitute Adam Parsons to maintain an unbeaten streak away from Moss Lane.
Still reeling from last week’s loss against Knutsford, Moore took to the pitch with a far more physical approach than previous weeks and were able to dominate early proceedings with the lion’s share of possession. It would be Old Bedians who would open the scoring however. A long punt down field from the hosts was not dealt well with by Moore and from the ensuing turnover Old Bedians were able to score in the corner for a 5-0 lead. Moore would manage to pull back into the game quickly, with the Moore Forwards playing a good game up front which saw them continually breaking the gain line. With Old Bedians having to commit more numbers around the ruck, space eventually opened in the middle for Joe Pidgeon to score his 10th try of the season. Not long after the pack would once again provide the impetus for Moore’s attacking threat, with a beautifully driven maul just outside the Old Bedians 22m managing to get over the line, but be held up. From the resulting scrum however the power of Jack Harvey saw the scoreline extend to 5-14. Moore’s defence, which had been suspect in last week’s game, was far better in this game, but their life was made harder by a somewhat suspect yellow card for Joe Pidgeon, reducing the team to 14. The hosts would manage to pull a try back during this period to take it to 10-14 at the half.
It would be the hosts who started the second half brighter and were able to regain the lead early in the second half with a well worked move down the wing. The industry up front that Moore had profited from was sadly lacking, as time and again promising attacks were blunted by poor decision making by the Moore players. Old Bedians started to ask serious questions of the Moore defence. However, some excellent work which saw Bedians driven back behind the gainline at times was for naught, with Moore gifting Bedians penalty after penalty for a multitude of offences around the ruck. Two of these penalties were kickable and Bedians took a 21-14 lead with around 6 minutes to go, with Tony Fretwell also shown a yellow during the period. Moore, to their credit, showed impressive resilience and were able to reclaim the kick off. This triggered an impressive passage of play which saw each of the 14 men remaining on the field touch the ball at least once in a 90 second period as the Forwards once again looked to power forward, with the backs taking advantage of holes. It would be an excellent low drive by Adam Parsons which eventually got over the line to tie the score.
With time winding down, Moore received a penalty just inside the Old Bedians half. Sam Craven stepped up to try and take a win back to Moss Lane with his boot, but despite having the length the accuracy was just out, seeing the game end 21-21.