Redruth 19 Moseley 25
It’s a long trip to The Recreation Ground, Redruth! The Moseley squad prepared for the game by stopping on Friday night at Exeter with a relaxed Saturday morning journey to Redruth via the beach at Perranporth. This method of preparation did the trick, for Moseley inflicted on “The Reds” their first home defeat of the season – though, in front of an intimidating crowd, it was a close-run thing!
It appeared as though Moseley had blunted Redruth’s initial thrust with early exchanges even and the Moseley backs showing their usual inventiveness, but after they had missed a penalty after 5 minutes, Redruth went ahead after 15 minutes when hooker Mark Harper completed a period of pressure by going over for a try converted by Mark Scrivener. Moseley’s reply came soon after when an attacking move in which Carl Colvin made inroads, ended in him passing to Chris holder who went over wide out. It could have been a forward pass but Moseley got the verdict.
After 35 minutes, following good work by Ollie Thomas, Dean Bick burrowed over for his seventh League try of the season in the “Hellfire” corner area, converted by Thomas to give Moseley the lead. That lead was increased to eight points by a penalty, but Redruth pressure after Moseley movements had broken down earned them two penalties in the five minutes before half-time to bring them right back into the game.
Nine minutes after the interval, sleight of hand in the Moseley back sent Paul Cox through the gap and his angle of running saw him over virtually unchallenged. Thomas converted. There followed incessant Redruth attacks supported by a vociferous crowd though a small group of Moseley supporters made their presence felt with the clarion voice of Phil Hall fighting the battle.
After missing a penalty, replacement scrum-half Gavin Donald kicked two penalties in the 22nd and 29th minutes to reduce Moseley’s lead to three points but Thomas kicked a penalty to ease the pressure after 35 minutes. Then the Moseley defence had to withstand severe pressure to the end of the game. In the last move of the match, Redruth appeared to have scored a try in the corner but it was disallowed for a knock-on – it was that close!