by Joe Heaton

London Welsh  v Moseley, at Old Deer Park, Richmond, National League Division 1, Saturday, Dec 13th 2008, k.o. 2.00 pm

For the first match in the second half of the season, the Moseley team and supporters travel down to Old Deer Park in Richmond, to lock horns again with London Welsh. Way back in August, in the first match, Moseley lost 9-15 but secured a well earned bonus point. In spite of losing, it was generally thought to have been an encouraging start to the season against a newly fully professional outfit. A warm welcome was given to the newcomers Richard Vasey, George Davis and Alastair Muldowney, as well as the young players dual registered with Gloucester.

The Match Preview in the Moseley Programme reminded the older members that the two clubs first played each other in November 1925 and that, since the leagues started in 1988-89, Moseley had won five games and London Welsh eight (now nine). At the start of last season, however, Moseley won at Old Deer Park 40 –10, one of the club’s best recent away wins.

The results of London Welsh’s last three league matches are:
Sat. 6th December London Welsh 23 v Cornish Pirates 38 L
Sat 29th November London Welsh 21 v Coventry 23 L
Sat 22nd November London Welsh 30 v Nottingham 36 L

Most unusually, next Saturday’s match against Moseley at Old Deer Park will be London Welsh’s fourth consecutive home match. This is due to the club’s ground sharing with the cricket club whose season is from April to September necessitating the rearrangement of the Welsh’s early and late season home fixtures.

The present relative positions of the two clubs in National League One are:
                   P W D L BP P Pos
London Welsh 15 9 0 6 6 42 6th
Moseley         15 6 0 9 9 33 11th

Notwithstanding their recent losses, overall the Dragons are having an encouraging season and they may do better than the seventh place last term which as achieved after three successive seasons in twelfth position.

London Welsh is now an ambitious club, with a wealthy catchment area, even in the current economic circumstances, and a recently improved financial structure which has equipped the team well for full professionalism this season.
Moseley will drive down the M1, buoyed by the convincing win (48-7) over Manchester at Billesley last Saturday. After three earlier demanding fixtures against teams in the higher reaches of League One, the Moseley players were able to relax and allow the backs to show their paces. After the game was effectively won early in the second half

This will be another tough fixture away against one of the top six sides in the division and Moseley’s objective will be to continue the improvements in playing performances and bring home at least one point. Although currently ninth equal on points with Coventry and Rotherham, there can be no room for error with teams lying twelfth and below in the league at the end of the season being relegated



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