MOSELEY:Thomas; Bressington, Binns,
Reay, Winter; Hayes, Knight; Buxton, Caves, Moran (Bayliss 57), Arnold,
Stott, Mason, Bignell (Lightowler 75), Rodwell (Hunter 79). Replacements not
used: Coles, Bick, Skelding, Macdonald
NOTTINGHAM: Nirmalandran; Savage
(Thompson 40), Dodge, Molenaar, Jackson (Kay 48); Barlow, Springall (Sten-house
58); Parr (Hopkins 31), Duffey (Loney 48 (Duffey 68)), Hall, Raven (Morley
48), Rouse, Stannard, Sherriff, Montagu (Wilkes 65)
Referee: Mr T Wigglesworth (RFU)
Moseley (22) 38
Tries:Binns, Rodwell, Thomas 2
Nottingham (11) 32
Tries:Molenaar, Sherriff, Duffey, Nirmalendran
'Moseley ease their relegation fears'
By Keith Bracey
On a bright windless day perfect for running rugby, Moseley gave
themselves a great chance of avoiding relegation (as Otley lost at
home to Leeds Tykes 40-12 - confirming Leeds return to the
Premiership) with a breathless 38-32 win over mid-table Nottingham.
Following Moseley's thrashing by Nottingham earlier in the season,
home fans must have feared the worst as Moseley went 5 nil down
after 5 minutes with a try by Nottingham in the scoreboard corner.
This unconverted score score was improved soon after by a Nottingham
penalty straight on to the posts from midway between the 22 and 10
Moseley then stirred themselves into action with good distribution
from Tommy Hayes finding Nathan Bressington in space, who, with the
confidence which had been lacking earlier in the season, took on his
man, beat him on the outside and slipped the ball inside for Andy
Binns to score halfway out on the right.
Ollie Thomas missed the conversion, one of only 2 misses out of 9
attempts in an almost perfect afternoon for the talented young
Bressington doubled his tally to add to a James Rodwell effort which
gave the hosts a 22-11 half-time advantage.
Bressington continued in the same vein in the second-half, setting
up Binns again for another score.
By now Tommy Hayes was orchestrating a rampant Moseley back-line and
ushered Ollie Thomas in for a converted score under the posts which
made the score 29-11,giving Moseley a try bonus point, which could
Thomas then put himself in the Moseley record books with 3 penalties
for a match tally of 28 points, improving Simon Hodgkinson's
previous best of 27 points set in 1995.
Moseley needed to close out the game by running down the clock,
however they failed to do this as Nottingham scored 2 tries in the
last 10 minutes through livewire full-back Rohan Nirmalendran and
hooker Joe Duffey leaving a full-time score of 38-32 with Nottingham
securing 2 losing bonus points.
Moseley showed that their policy of developing their own players is
bearing fruit with the hard yards gained by unsung hero Neil Mason
building the platform for Ollie Thomas to put in his virtuoso
If Moseley can hold on to these 2 talented young players, and
develop more of their ilk through their youth system the future is
bright for the club, with the young players, who can only have
benefited from such a tough baptism in National League One.