Moore 38 – Lymm Eagles 26
A tight cross town derby saw Moore come out on top as they took victory over Lymm Eagles at Moss Lane, but had to fight from behind to secure the win.
On a cold, blustery day the home side looked the brighter of the two teams in early exchanges, managing to break through the Lymm defensive line with regularity. From one break the powerful figure of Jack Harvey managed to power over to score the first points of the game.
Moore would look to be comfortable, however a number of penalties would allow Lymm to advance the ball up the field and from a resulting lineout Lymm were able to crash the ball over for to bring the score back to 7-5.
Lymm were managing to exert great control of the game at rucks and mauls, bringing several unforced errors to the fore of Moore’s game. Lymm were able to take the lead through a dropped ball which was quickly recycled for a 7-12 lead.
The game settled into somewhat of a scrappy affair with neither team able to take the momentum and control it. The final passage of play in the 1st half would see drama however, as a loose pass by Moore inside the Lymm 22m was booted through the line, Moore had ample opportunity to deal with the ball, but an error allowed Lymm to score a length of the field try to take it to 7-19 at the half.
Moore knew that they were in a game, especially after a stretch of games where they hadn’t been challenged to such an extent. The second half started in much the same style as the first half, with both teams looking scrappy and failing to control the game.
The Moore comeback came from a moment of great defensive work from Flanker Will Hickman, who was able to strip the ball from a Lymm attacker, setting up the platform for Moore to attack outwide and for talismanic Full Back Joe Pidgeon to carve through the line for his 20th try and to take the score to 14-19.
The game would quickly be back to level pegging, with Moore able to negate the quality of Lymm’s counter ruck with a quicker, wider play. Fly Half Matt Bradshaw was able to dance through a stretch Lymm line to take the score to 19-19.
Momentum of the game was firmly in the hands of Moore and the Black and Gold looked determined to take advantage of a tiring Lymm defence. A scintillating run from outside centre Sam White saw him advance well into the Lymm 22 before being tackled, however a quick ruck would see the ball shipped to Tony Fretwell for another Moore try as the score moved to 26-19.
Lymm desperately looked for a way back into the game and once again made inroads into the Moore 22m. Despite getting close to the line, and almost as a mirror image of their earlier score, Lymm fumbled the ball which Moore were happy to kick through, with winger Henry Frankling making a length of the pitch break, before being dragged into touch. From the resulting lineout, pressure was once again applied by the Moore defence, resulting in Lymm grounding in their own dead ball area. From the resulting scrum, Jack Harvey picked up, drew in Defenders and popped the ball beautifully to Henry Frankling for him to complete a score he’d helped set up.
Moore’s control of the game saw them breaking the line with regularity as the Moore backs looked more comfortable with the game, again excellent use of width would see Henry Frankling bag another try to take it to 36-19.
With 5 minutes to go Lymm ensured that they kept in touch of the game with an excellent run by their fly half to take the score to 36-26, but it was too little too late. Moore and Henry Frankling should have had one final try after excellent defensive pressure saw Moore turn the ball over and a kick through the line finding Frankling who seemingly scored a legitimate try, however the effort was ruled out and the final action of the day was called by the referee as Moore took a 38-26 win into Christmas.
The win sees Moore complete a double over Lymm Eagles this season and extends their winning streak to 6 games. Sitting in 3rd position, 5 points clear of Lymm in 4th, the Black and Gold go into the New Year with promotion very much on the cards.
Tries: – H Frankling (2) J Harvey, M Bradshaw, T Fretwell, J Pidgeon.
Con: – M Bradshaw (4)