THE start of this match was delayed by the late arrival of the referee but Tarleton had prepared well and were ready for the fray once the whistle blew.
They spent the first five minutes of the match camped in Mossley Hill’s 22 and from a scrum won against the head, Will Parker took the ball wide and from the ruck Rob Bramhall took the ball over the line to open the scoring for Tarleton.
From the re-start the ball was caught by Archie Skofic who made 30 yards before passing the ball inside to Tom Eckersley who made another 20 yards before passing to Jack Kelly who came in on an angled run and scored under the posts.
Two minutes later Tarleton scored again with George Skofic scoring his trademark try in the corner.
Twelve minutes gone and 15-0 up (Ben Kelly didn’t have his kicking boots with him and kept hitting the upright).
Mossley then started to pressurise the Tarleton defence who kept out their driving forwards time after time.
Tarleton broke out and Bramhall almost got his second but knocked on as he reached for the line.
The resulting scrum was won against the head and Bramhall was held up short of the line but Jonathan Mahon recycled the ball to the charging Dave Gordon who went over for his first try of the season.
Tarleton had to repel a couple more attacks from Mossley Hill but the half-time whistle went with them 20-0 in the lead.
The first 10 minutes of the second half were disjointed with too many penalties conceded and a spate of injuries but it was Tarleton who again took control with some good counter-rucking resulting in quick ball across the backs and a good run by Ben Kelly who fed the ball to his brother Max who opened his account for Tarleton firsts.
There followed another messy period of play which frustrated the Tarleton players and worryingly this started to affect their discipline and needless penalties were given away yielding free yards to Mossley Hill.
Despite this, Tarleton re-grouped and a good individual try by Mahon who ran 60 yards to score and another good break by Archie Skofic and a well timed pass saw Ben Kelly go in under the posts.
The try-scorer had decided he wasn’t kicking anymore as the posts still kept getting in the way so Max Kelly converted this one.
Tarleton were now up by 37-0 and everyone was getting in on the act.
From the re-start Archie Skofic caught the ball and made 30 yards before slipping the ball to James Macefield who drew the defender and gave a try scoring pass to Jack Kelly who had joined the line from full-back.
From the re-start Tarleton messed up their possession but somehow the ball got to George Skofic on the wing who beat three would-be tacklers to score another good try for the Lancashire men.
Tarleton then let Mossley Hill get on the scoresheet with a consolation try in the dying minutes but Tarleton had the last word as the first’s captain Jack Skofic touched down to make the final score 56-5.
Tarleton’s biggest test of the season comes next week away against local rivals Hutton RUFC who are just behind them in the league.
This is always an eagerly-awaited fixture and draws a big crowd and Tarleton will need to cut out the indiscipline that flared briefly during this match and concentrate on playing total rugby to the standard of the last few weeks.