In dismal light on a very wet and heavy pitch, this was a pretty evenly-contested match that Moortown in the end deservedly won, their defence being rock-solid throughout and ability to finish off chances created being key.
A much-changed City side, many of the changes being positional, competed well up front throughout and, despite trailing 3 – 7 at the interval, had the better of the first half in terms of territory only for their attacks to be snuffed out by the Moortown defence.
They had led 3 – 0, a fifth minute penalty by full-back Paul Armstrong putting the ahead before a strong break through the middle by centre Ged Innes paved the way for supporting flanker Connor Mac Butler to score and stand-off Eddie Crossland to convert for the home side.
Three minutes into the second-half, they widened the gap, four or five phases of play near the City line following a lineout ending with Innes forcing his way over for their second try which Crossland again converted.
But back came City, excellent driving from a lineout ending with lock Dominic Warby scoring and Armstrong converting to bring the score back to 14 – 10, only to then concede a penalty which Crossland duly converted to put them on the back foot again.
The outcome was eventually settled however, when a poor City pass went astray. Moortown hacked the ball into the City 22 and from the scrum 7 metres out that finally resulted, scrum-half Jesse Tipene and winger Tom Moorby combined on the short side for a simple try.
In the end, Moortown had got their reward and City were left to wonder whether, in the conditions , a more kicking-orientated tactical approach may have been better.
CITY: Paul Armstrong; Tom Elliott, Ellis Hook, James Coxon, Nathan Bushnell; Charlie Scott, Simon Ord, Benny Parkinson, Richie Thirkell, Will Elliott, Kevin Showler, Dominic Warby, Tom Jones,
Will Jewitt, Pewter Dent.
Replacements : Andy Kirkup, Josh Cotton, Howard Johnson.