Moore double-up on Prenton to kick-off the New Year with a victory
Prenton 17 Moore 34 MOORE started the New Year in much the same vein as they had ended 2018 with an excellent victory over fellow promotion-chasers Prenton.
The game started somewhat predictably fraught, with both sides making a number of errors in the opening 20 minutes as they sought to work the Christmas break out of their systems.
It would be 20 minutes before any impression on the scoreboard was made, with Matt Bradshaw opening the scoring with a penalty.
The game sprung into life from that point, with Moore looking dangerous with strong direct running driving them up the field.
Sadly for Moore, the offload game – normally such a crisp and joyful thing to watch – refused to work, often seeing attacks peter out.
From there Moore switched tactics and looked to corral Prenton in their own 22m.
Some excellent defensive pressure near the Prenton line saw a penalty awarded to Moore, which saw Jack Harvey attack the line with gusto to establish a 10-0 lead with a converted try.
Once again, Moore aimed to play within the Prenton 22m, making terrific use of the boot to pin the opposition well back.
A penalty for a high tackle following a Moore turnover saw another try for the visitors as Max Holland used space well to establish a 17-0 lead.
Following a string of penalties against them, Moore ended up conceding near the interval as the score moved to 17-7 at the midway stage.
With reminders of the reverse fixture from this season, which saw Prenton score 42 points in the second half, Moore set out to establish control of the game and see the victory out.
And the Black-and-Gold duly scored first in the second period with superb play in the centres creating an overlap which wing Henry Frankling exploited, running in to score from more than halfway.
Prenton re-established themselves thanks to poor discipline from Moore.
First, Holland was yellowcarded for infringements at the ruck.
From the resulting penalty, the hosts were able to drive over to reduce the deficit to 22-12.
A further yellow card was brandished to Tony Fretwell minutes later, reducing Moore to 13 men.
Once again, after a number of penalties Moore once again conceded with a carbon copy of Prenton’s earlier try.
Moore managed to rally, however, successfully keeping Prenton out for the duration of their reduced numbers on the field.
After returning to a full XV, Moore once again settled in the driving seat, creating a healthy lead thanks to excellent, patient work which saw Harvey once again crash through the Prenton line to score.
With a 12-point lead, Moore looked more than comfortably in control of the game and Prenton never really looked like getting back into the encounter.
The final try of the game saw a super grubber-kick from Holland seized upon by teammate Sam Craven to touch down as the game ended 34-17 to Moore.
The result ensured Moore maintain pressure on secondplaced Manchester II.
Moore travel away again this Saturday as they visit Carrington, who were heavily defeated by Lymm Eagles 65-21 last weekend.