The opening ten minutes were keenly contested, with neither side willing to give ground, the best move of the early stages coming when Marist turned a ball over on their own 22 and swift hands saw it carried to the Mosborough 22 when Marist were unlucky to step in touch, and could well have scored with flanker Will Ayre threatening the line.
Marist missed another chance to take the lead when a penalty was pulled wide after 20 minutes. On the half hour the visitors took the lead when a kick through bounced awkwardly and wasn’t cleaned up by the home defence, and the Mosborough backs slickly passed the ball wide to score a converted try.
The home side came back strongly and following a good aerial take from winger Jack Botham
forced an attacking line out that was strongly driven by hooker Billy Thacker who slipped a lovely ball to Rob Parker to force his way over to take the score to 7 – 5. Marist continued to apply pressure and following a couple of quickly taken tap penalties finally settled for the three points to take them into half time with an 8-7 lead.
The pace and competitive nature of the first half appeared to affect both sides, and the second half was a much more disjointed affair, with little free flowing rugby.
In a seminal moment, Marist were reduced to fourteen men early in the second half, and conceded a penalty from the offence, and after a period of concerted pressure leaked a try whist shorthanded to be trailing 15 – 8.
Marist were unlucky not to reduce the deficit when Billy Thacker twice almost crossed the line following a penalty conceded by the visiting defence deliberately throwing the ball into touch to defend their line.
Marist continued to apply pressure, and in the dying seconds it looked that they had gained due reward when following a flowing movement between centres Brooke and Ford, Paul Ford crashed his way over to take the score to 15 – 13. Following a long delay due to injuries to both Brooke and a visiting defender unfortunately the conversion was missed and the draw went begging.
Marist should take encouragement from a much more intense performance in a keenly contested game, which augurs well for the visit to Hornsea in the Silver Trophy next week.