Old Boys held by gritty Moor

Dewsbury v Hunslet -Danny Harrison slides in for a try for Hunslett
Dewsbury v Hunslet -Danny Harrison slides in for a try for Hunslett

HUNSLET Old Boys missed the chance to take over at the top of the Pennine League Premier Division when they were held to a draw by bottom side Dewsbury Moor last Saturday.

Title contenders Drighlington and Queens both had their games postponed but Hunslet failed to take full advantage as they met a Moor side who produced their best performance of the season.

Moor fielded four players from their youth team but they were not fazed against the high fliers and took the lead with a try from centre Phil Shotton, which James Eatherley converted.

Old Boys responded well and full-back Phil Goodwill crossed for a try, with Luke O’Malley’s goal drawing them level.

A fine passing move released teenage winger Connor Squires, who raced away and beat the Hunslet cover defence to score. Eatherley converted.

Hunslet’s big pack drove downfield before Tom Saunders and Wayne Foster created space for stand-off O’Malley to score. Jamie Fields converted to make it 12-12.

Goodwill added his second try to put Hunslet ahead for the first time but the end-to-end first half continued and 17-year-old Tobias Richardson was on hand to score his first try in open age rugby, as the sides went into half-time level at 16-16.

Hunslet piled the pressure on early in the second half, continually driving at the Moor line but they could find no way through a solid home defence.

Eventually the pressure told as winger Danny Harrison looked to have scored the decisive try and Fields landed the conversion to put the visitors six points ahead.

In recent weeks Moor have faded in the final quarter of games but they sensed picking up a first point of the season and put Hunslet on the back foot.

Moor’s forwards stood up to the bigger Old Boys pack.

Shotton drove at the defence before Cameron Bruce broke with a smart run to set up a good field position.

Danny Wardman surged forward and burst through from 22 yards out to score at the side of the posts. Eatherley slotted over the conversion to level.

Both sides attempted drop goals in the latter stages but to no avail and Moor celebrated picking up a first point of the season.

The draw saw Old Boys move level on 14 points with Premier leaders Queens and one ahead of Drighlington.