Moor re­verse Traf­ford loss in some style

Stockport Express - - Sports - LAN­CASHIRE/ CHESHIRE DIVI­SION 2 TRAF­FORD MET ......... 7 HEATON MOOR ......... 54 DAVID TODD

MOOR re­turned to league com­pe­ti­tion af­ter the two-week Christ­mas lay-off with a visit to Traf­ford Metro­vick at their base on Finny Bank Lane in Sale and hop­ing to re­verse the 31-38 de­feat they suf­fered at Green Lane back in Septem­ber. With a num­ber of no­table omis­sions from the side due to un­avail­abil­ity or in­jury, coach Mark Ed­wards none­the­less still had a use­ful squad of play­ers to se­lect from and chose to in­clude a cou­ple of Colts play­ers, in­clud­ing one, Hasham Gon­dal, mak­ing his 1st XV de­but off the bench.

The vis­i­tors started the liveli­est and had opened their ac­count within min­utes, Tom Ire­land pick­ing up and cross­ing for a try, con­verted by skip­per and fly-half Danny Child from the touch­line.

Fol­low­ing the kick-off, Moor again at­tacked only for cen­tre Chris Og­denSmith to make a break and when stopped, Ire­land was up in sup­port to re­ceive the pass and score his sec­ond try un­der the posts, con­verted by Child.

An­other kick-off and an­other break out by Moor, this time by full-back Matt Hughes who joined the line at pace and he then fed back-row Jimmy Hine, who in turn put Ben Haspell away un­der the sticks for the third con­verted try.

It was the home side that had the ma­jor­ity of the play for much of the sec­ond quar­ter and were camped for long spells in the Moor half, but the lat­ter’s de­fence held firm. It was not un­til the fi­nal min­utes of the half that Moor re­sumed their try-scor­ing spree by ad­ding two fur­ther con­verted tries to their tally. The first was set up and scored by right-winger David Adebo and cen­tre Alex Tupou, to give a com­mand­ing 35-0 lead at half-time.

The home side’s woes were fur­ther in­creased not long af­ter the restart when they had a player sin-binned and un­sur­pris­ingly, Moor elected to take a scrum from the re­sul­tant penalty.

This was eas­ily won and the ball was spun out to Adebo who had the sim­plest of tasks to run in and score in the cor­ner; the at­tempted con­ver­sion prov­ing to be the only one missed by Child dur­ing the game.

Mid­way through the half, a 30-me­tre run by Colts player Trevor Chap­pell on the left wing took play deep into MV ter­ri­tory where the move was con­tin­ued by Ogden-Smith, who then pro­duced an­other telling break to set up re­place­ment full-back Kings­ley Child for a con­verted try be­tween the up­rights.

Although the match was well and truly over as a con­test, MV con­tin­ued to make a game of it and were fi­nally re­warded with a con­verted try some ten min­utes be­fore the end, as a re­sult of some slick han­dling fol­low­ing a line-out, which took play first one way and then the other. The vis­i­tors were not fin­ished how­ever, as on the stroke of full-time, they pro­duced a num­ber of phases of play in­volv­ing most of the team, end­ing with Adebo cross­ing for his third try and Moor with a con­vinc­ing 54-7 vic­tory.

Although he did score a hat-trick, MOM did not go to Adebo but to ever­green Og­denSmith who pro­duced a im­pres­sive per­for­mance from start to fin­ish for one of such ad­vanc­ing years.

Moor have no fix­ture next week, but re­turn to league ac­tion at Green Lane on Jan­uary 19th against Ald­wini­ans.

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