Dewsbury Moor stroll into next round with derby triumph

Dewsbury Moor produced a solid secondhalf display to overcome local rivals 266 Birstall Victoria and book their place in round two of the Pennine President’s Cup.
Moor arrived without several key players for the clash but were lucky to be able to call on the services of Steve McNamara, Jamie Young and Jack Clarkson, who stepped up from the second team.
Moor took an early lead when Paul Simpson broke through Vic’s defence and dived under the posts to make it 40. Four then became six as Andrew Robinson slotted over the conversion with ease.
The remainder of the first half was fairly close with sides having opportunities to score.
However, there was one change to the scoreboard and it came when Moor’s poor discipline allowed Vic to make it 62 with a penalty goal, which was scored by Mick Dyson.
After the break, Moor livened up and went close to increasing their lead in the opening moments after the restart.
Pressure eventually told and Moor were into doubles figures as James Delaney spotted a gap and bundled over from close range to score an unconverted try with 30 minutes still left to play.
Moor now had their tails up and went about inflicting further damage as Luke Morris got on the end a move crafted by the Robinson brothers. Andrew Robinson’s conversion made it 162.
The game was then all but ended as a contest by Moor on 65 minutes Young raced through the tiring Vic line to score a try whilst making his first appearance of the season.
Birstall fought hard to prevent an embarrassing scoreline and were rewarded for their efforts when Scott Sheard dived over in the corner for a consolation try.
Nevertheless, Moor moved to rub salt in Birstall’s wounds with a late try courtesy of Ryan Johnson. Andrew Robinson added the extras for a 266 fulltime scoreline.

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