Moore 24 Anselmians 2XV 34
Moore were left contemplating what might have been in their opening game of the 2018/19 season after failing to hold on to a half time lead.
In their first game in Division 3 South after last year’s promotion the men from Moss Lane played in an entertaining game for the spectator. Anselmians were able to start in the ascendency and quickly established an attacking pattern based from the driving maul, which Moore were unable to cope with, racking up a try to establish a quick lead. The hosts didn’t help matters with infringements around offside at the ruck and the hosts slotted a penalty to take a 10-0 lead.
It was in open play where Moore held the advantage and were able to establish a number of good forward drives which allowed them to gain territory and space on the pitch. From a number of Forward drives Graham Owen was able to break free, before making an exquisite offload to Mike Barr for Moore’s first try, with the extras scored by Sam Craven.
Anselmians once again looked to move into a more comfortable lead, dominating possession for long periods of play and firmly establishing themselves just outside the Moore 22m. Moore were much more comfortable in defence however, managing to keep the visitors at bay, before an excellent interception from Mike Barr saw him go 80 metres to convert defensive pressure into points.
Again, Anselmians came back with a well worked maul to take the score back to 14-17, but once again Moore defensive pressure would yield points. After a Moore attack petered out on the Anselmians 5 metre line, excellent pressure from flanker Will Hickman saw a ball thrown back into the Anselmians in-goal area, with Latham Parry able to get a hand to it, giving the hosts a 21-17 lead at the half.
The visitors would once again take the lead 5 minutes into the second half, with yet another well worked move from a rolling maul to take a 21-24 lead after a number of missed tackles by Moore.
The game became increasingly open, with both teams making more mistakes and neither really imposing their will on the game. The turning point came when Anselmians replicated one of Moore’s earlier tries with a well-timed interception on their own 22m line to extend the lead to 21-29 with under 10 minutes to go.
Moore went looking for a way back into the game and once again managed to come to the fore, with some good Forward support play taking them into Anselmian’s 22m area. An Anselmians infringement at the ruck, and with one eye on ensuring a losing bonus point, saw Moore able to kick a penalty from in front of the posts to bring the game back to 24-29 with 6 minutes to go.
Moore were unable to fully take control of the game again and with fatigue setting in started to make errors. A Moore knock on lead to a scrum, from which Anselmians were able to clear their lines. A deep kick was ably fielded by Full Back Joe Pidgeon who looked to use the excellent attacking pace he has, however with Moore struggling to get back in support the ball was turned over and the visitors took the victory and snatched Moore’s hope of a bonus point with the final whistle at 24-34.
Moore can feel hard done to, as long stretches of play showed that they warranted a better result, but errors across the park meant that they were unable to capitalise. The Moss Lane outfit will look to make amends as they travel to local rivals Lymm as they take on Lymm Kestrels next Saturday.
T: Mike Barr (2), Latham Parry(1)
Conversions: Sam Craven (3)
Penalty: Sam Craven(1)