MOORE TRY FRIED!
Moore 13 Southport 35 by Mike Smith
Southport travelled to Moore for their last away game of the season last Saturday to face a team with an impressive home record eager to avenge Southport’s narrow victory of earlier in the campaign.
And it was Moore who scored the first points, when Southport transgressed at the ruck and allowed Moore’s outside half to slot a long range penalty, indicating their intention to punish Southport for any ill discipline.
But Southport were soon back on level terms when a Moore scrum was driven backwards by the powerful trio of Dan Aindow, Liam Webb and Tom Smith, causing the Moore scrum-half to stray offside. With a penalty advantage, Southport’s Jake Mann found inside centre Jake McMullen, and he dropped a superb goal from just inside the 10m line to rebuff Moore’s intentions.
After a period of pressure on the Moore try line and several kickable penalties turned down, Moore cleared the lines and pushed ‘Port back. However Southport pack were causing issues at every set piece and with pressure on the Moore lineout, the impressive Joe Mawdsley was first to pounce on the loose ball and drive forward, drawing the defence and allowing outside half Dan Whalen to release his backs. Quick ball found returning winger Chris Drescher in space who was held up just short of the try line, but offloaded well to Jamie Bailey in support for him to score in the corner, well converted by McMullen. McMullen added to his tally a short time later with another penalty, and the sides turned around with Southport sporting a narrow lead.
This lead was immediately cut at the start of the second half, when Moore caught Southport cold and spreading the ball wide found the extra man out on the left to score in the corner, and the cause was further hampered by the ball being kicked out on the full from the restart. However such was Southport’s dominance at the scrum that Moore’s 9 had to resort to feeding, and from the free kick, Danny Booth found Bailey, who ran through the Moore defence, around the full back and scored under the sticks.
Southport were now in full control, and from yet another penalty awarded for a Moore tackler not rolling away, chose to kick into the Moore 22. A great take at the lineout by Josh Critchley set up an unstoppable 15m drive by the Southport forwards as they drove the Moore pack over the line, with Webb grounding the ball.
Now Southport were looking dangerous from every attack, and a short time later, from a shortened lineout, Whalen found Booth popping up in the centres. Seeing the space, Booth decided to put in a deft kick into the corner, however his execution could only be described as a woeful slice. Luckily for Southport, as the ball spooned off Booth’s foot, full back Tom Peacock was alert to pluck the ball out of the air, and dance through the bewildered Moore defence to score an excellent solo effort in what Booth later claimed was a ‘planned move’!
With the game in the bag, there was just time for Moore to score a second consolation try in the corner and McMullen to add another penalty to his tally, to seal Moore’s heaviest home defeat of the season.