Moore 14 – Knutsford 33
Moore slipped to a disappointing third loss at home of the season as they lost to fellow promoted side Knutsford.
The hosts arguably played their worst game of Rugby this season as they struggled to get out of first gear throughout the game.
A string of simple mistakes saw Knutsford take an early 0-14 lead as Moore made uncharacteristic defensive errors, often leaving huge gaps in their defensive line which allowed the visitors to simply stroll through. Moore would manage to pull back a well worked try, with the ball being shipped well and an excellent overload from Sam Craven to Ben Craven saw Moore get onto the score sheet to make it 7-14.
Hopes of a stronger showing from the home team were quickly dashed however, with poor tackling and decision making allowing Knutsford to score two more tries before half time.
The second half saw Moore looking to come out and overturn the deficit, but again Moore struggled to make any meaningful impact on the game.
Their task was made harder by an early yellow card for the returning Mike Barr, which saw the team reduced to 14 men after just 4 minutes into the half.
To the credit of Moore they were able to hold out for the yellow card period and indeed much of the rest of the second half. A lack of incision in attack though meant that Moore were unable to make any inroads on the score. Knutsford would extend their lead with a highly dubious try which contained passes that were contested by the Moore support.
In the final passage of play Moore showed some of the attacking class which had been missing on the day, with some excellent handling allowing Joe Pidgeon to score his 9th try of the season. It was too little, too late however and Moore slipped to their 3rd home defeat.
Despite their lose Moore remain in 5th place and will look to bounce back next week as they travel to Old Bedians who also lost this week.