1st XV Match Report V Bedford Blues (away) Sat 01/09/2012 


Match Details

 

Venue

Goldington Road

Attendance

2,104

Weather

Dry

Kick Off

3.00pm

 

Teams

 

Bedford

50 - 6

Moseley

Y C C C C C C P

James Pritchard

15

Oliver Thomas

P P

 

James Stephenson

14

Simon Hunt

 

 

Brendan Burke

13

Anthony Carter

 

 

Henry Staff

12

Charlie Hayter

 

T

Josh Bassett

11

Anders Mogenson

 

 

Jake Sharp

10

Glyn Hughes

 

T

Luke Baldwin

9

Samuel Brown

 

 

Dan Seal

1

Ethan Waller

 

T T

Neil Cochrane

2

Adam Caves

 

 

Philip Boulton

3

Craig Voisey

 

 

Ben Gulliver

4

Addison Lockley

 

 

Alex Rae

5

Liam Mather

 

T

Gregor Gillanders

6

Neil Mason

 

 

Sacha Harding

7

Ben Pons

 

 

Don Barrell

8

Ben Pienaar

 

Replacements

 

Scott Spurling

16

Sam Wilkes

 

 

Benjamin Cooper

17

Matthew Lowcock

 

 

Michael Howard

18

Charles Meddick

 

 

Joe Vandermolen

19

Oliver Robinson

 

 

Darryl Veenendaal

20

Alex Day

 

 

Ian Vass

21

Bradley Davies

 

T T

Ben Ransom

22

Caolan Ryan

 

 

Scott Spurling

16

Sam Wilkes

 

 

Benjamin Cooper

17

Matthew Lowcock

 

 

  

 

Match Report

By Brian Dick – Birmingham Post

 

Even before a ball had been kicked with intent Kevin Maggs insisted Moseley's opening day trip to Goldington Road should be viewed as a benchmark to assess exactly where his reconditioned side stood.

 

The head coach openly admits the past summer has been a difficult one and with almost a dozen senior players leaving the club he has had to hastily rebuild a squad, which arguably needed an overhaul anyway.

 

So one can only speculate what he learned in this seven-try hammering by a Bedford side that looked as though it has barely skipped a beat in resuming their imposing form from last season.

 

The Blues' pack was strong, though neither of their set-pieces was completely reliable, and their threequarters looked as dangerous as ever, perhaps even more so than usual. Huge winger Josh Bassett looks as though he could be in for another bumper campaign.

 

"We have come up short against a very good Championship team that has been together a few years and they just add quality players all the time," Maggs surmised.

 

"They have still got nine players to come in from Saracens. They are going to be one of the ones that is going to be going for the play-offs."

 

And most tellingly: "They are way ahead of where we are."

 

They are but probably not by the 44 points the scoreboard would have you believe and for the first quarter Moseley were not only in this match but on top.

 

It was when things started going against Mose that the cracks in the new Red and Black edifice started to appear and well-oiled Bedford were vicious in exposing and enlarging them.

 

Conceded penalties quickly became catch and drive opportunities, missed tackles became line-breaks, line-breaks became over-laps and over-laps became tries. Which James Pritchard's boot maximised. It quickly snowballed.

 

That meant by the end the Billesley Brigade were left with nothing but a rueful acceptance that much remained to be done.

 

But there are building blocks. Their scrum, manned by the new propping pair of Ethan Waller and Craig Voisey competed superbly well and any fears they would be exposed by the experienced Dan Seal and Phil Boulton were soon negated.

 

Nose bust and eye cut Voisey put in a heroic shift - only another 21 to go.

 

And Waller was a really pleasant surprise, a willing ball carrier the 20-year-old coped with everything Boulton threw at him, which was not always legal.

 

Behind them second row Addison Lockley, lineout calling difficulties aside, proved himself able to live at Championship level despite his tender age.

 

And before the supply line dried up Glyn Hughes stood ambitiously flat and invited his runners on to the ball at pace. Hopefully injury allows him to string together a complete season.

 

There is also much more to come from Charlie Hayter and Simon Hunt and dont forget Greg King to come back in.

 

But Mose missed Mike Powell and if Voisey has a big responsibility in the coming months, so too does the ex-London Welsh lock. Mose played the last half-hour with Neil Mason at second row, a situation that needs some attention.

 

And the Bens, Pienaar and Pons, must also become leaders in an otherwise callow group of back row options.

 

All of which means Moseley can have a better season than last, but a couple of wise old heads in the pack and decent fortune with injuries, would certainly make that more likely.

 

The Game as it Happened

 

 

Min

Score

 

Pen James Pritchard

17

3 - 0

 

Try Neil Cochrane

22

8 - 0

 

Con James Pritchard

22

10 - 0

 

Try Josh Bassett

24

15 - 0

 

Con James Pritchard

24

17 - 0

 

 

27

17 - 3

Pen Oliver Thomas

Try Neil Cochrane

31

22 - 3

 

Miss Con James Pritchard

31

22 - 3

 

 

37

22 - 6

Pen Oliver Thomas

Try Gregor Gillanders

41

27 - 6

 

Con James Pritchard

41

29 - 6

 

Rep Benjamin Cooper For Dan Seal (Tactical)

41

29 - 6

 

Rep Michael Howard For Alex Rae (Tactical)

41

29 - 6

 

Try Luke Baldwin

48

34 - 6

 

Con James Pritchard

48

36 - 6

 

 

49

36 - 6

Rep Oliver Robinson For Liam Mather (Tactical)

Rep Scott Spurling For Neil Cochrane (Tactical)

54

36 - 6

 

Rep Ben Ransom For Brendan Burke (Tactical)

54

36 - 6

 

 

54

36 - 6

Rep Sam Wilkes For Adam Caves (Tactical)

 

54

36 - 6

Rep Alex Day For Samuel Brown (Tactical)

Yellow Card James Pritchard

55

36 - 6

 

Rep Darryl Veenendaal For Luke Baldwin (Tactical)

58

36 - 6

 

Rep Ian Vass For Jake Sharp (Tactical)

65

36 - 6

 

Rep Joe Vandermolen For Don Barrell (Tactical)

65

36 - 6

 

 

70

36 - 6

Rep Charles Meddick For Craig Voisey (Tactical)

Try Ben Ransom

72

41 - 6

 

Con James Pritchard

72

43 - 6

 

 

73

43 - 6

Rep Caolan Ryan For Oliver Thomas (Tactical)

 

73

43 - 6

Rep Bradley Davies For Glyn Hughes (Tactical)

Try Ben Ransom

79

48 - 6

 

Con James Pritchard

79

50 - 6