Moor make hay in the sun

Stockport Express - - Motors - SOUTH LANCS/ CHESHIRE 1 HEATON MOOR ............. 78 OLDERSHAW ................... 7 DAVID TODD

MOOR hosted Wir­ral­based Oldershaw at Green Lane on Satur­day in glo­ri­ous sun­shine for their first league game of the sea­son – a re­peat of a year ago, but un­like then, when Moor strug­gled to get the bet­ter of their vis­i­tors, this year they to­tally over­whelmed the op­po­si­tion, scor­ing 12 tries along the way.

The home side looked strong on paper, particularly in the backs, and this proved to be the case from the kick-off, when fol­low­ing a line-out in the first minute of the game, the ball was quickly passed down the back line and out­side cen­tre Chris Sut­ton found a gap to run in near the posts for the first of his five tries, the con­ver­sion be­ing kicked by 17 year-old winger Olly Reynolds, one of three play­ers mak­ing their de­but in the side.

From then on, tries fol­lowed at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals, with Sut­ton get­ting his sec­ond after 10 min­utes, again con­verted by Reynolds.

Mid­way through this first pe­riod, Oldershaw did rally and re­al­is­ing that the only way to keep Moor un­der con­trol was to re­tain the ball amongst their for­wards, they pro­ceeded to pro­duce a num­ber of rucks and mauls within sight of the Moor line and were even­tu­ally re­warded with a con­verted try.

This proved to be the last time they trou­bled the score­board in the match as Moor pro­ceeded to score five more tries be­fore the in­ter­val; hooker Danny Ire­land up in support of full-back Matt Hughes, Hughes him­self, winger Perkins Joseph and two more to Sut­ton, with three of these be­ing con­verted by Reynolds, mak­ing the half-time score 45-7 to Moor.

The sec­ond pe­riod re­flected the first – a cou­ple of tries early on, fol­lowed by a pe­riod of pres­sure from the vis­i­tors and then a flurry of tries.

The first score fol­lowed a break from fly-half Jack Wil­son, an­other debu­tante, who put Hughes away, only for Wil­son to then dummy his way over for his own try.

Full marks to the vis­i­tors how­ever, as, de­spite ship­ping so many points, they never gave up and for a quar­ter of an hour in the sec­ond half their for­wards kept con­trol of the ball deep in Moor ter­ri­tory, con­tin­u­ally threat­en­ing the home side’s line, which pro­vided the lat­ter with a lot of prac­tise in the art of de­fence, ac­quit­ting them­selves well as they pre­vented Oldershaw from adding to their score.

In­evitably, Moor broke out of this cy­cle and Sut­ton was once again put away to race down the field to score his fi­nal try of the day.

In the fi­nal min­utes, Hughes scored two more tries, and with Reynolds ap­pear­ing to have con­verted all the sec­ond half tries, it pro­vided him with a very sat­is­fy­ing first game at se­nior level.

It sub­se­quently tran­spired the ref­eree hadn’t counted one of these kicks, so it made the fi­nal score 78-7 to Moor.

Moor are away at Oswestry on Satur­day, ko 3pm.

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