1st XV Match Report V Bedford Blues (h) Sat 20/04/2013 

Match Details

 

Venue

Billesley Common

Attendance

1,455

Referee

Matthew Carley

Kick Off

3.00pm

 

Teams

 

 

Moseley

29 - 41

Bedford

 

 

William Robinson

15

Mark Atkinson

T

C C C

Simon Hunt

14

James Stephenson

T

T

Tom Stephenson

13

Oliver Dodge

 

 

Anthony Carter

12

Myles Dorrian

 

 

Paul Diggin

11

James Short

T

 

Bradley Davies

10

Jake Sharp

C C C C C P P

 

Ryan Glynn

9

Luke Baldwin

T

 

Craig Voisey

1

Dan Seal

 

T

Sam Wilkes

2

Neil Cochrane

 

 

Adam Parkins

3

Philip Boulton

 

T

Addison Lockley

4

Michael Howard

 

 

Mike Powell

5

Paul Tupai

 

 

Buster Lawrence

6

Gregor Gillanders

 

T

Oliver Robinson

7

Tom Armes

 

 

Ben Pienaar

8

Nick Fenton-Wells

 

 

Replacements

 

 

 

 

Steffan Thorpe

16

Scott Spurling

T

 

Matthew Williams

17

Ricky Reeves

 

 

Benjamin Evans

18

Benjamin Cooper

 

 

Glyn Hughes

19

Joe Vandermolen

 

 

Caolan Ryan

20

Darren Fox

 

P

Oliver Thomas

21

Darryl Veenendaal

 

 

Bradley Hunt

22

Ian Vass

 

                                                                                                                           

Match Report

By Brian Dick – Birmingham Post

 

And so it ends just as it began, with an afternoon spent chasing blue-shirted Bedford players, indeed an afternoon that went as many of the previous 21 Championship fixtures had.

 

All season Moseley have let their masochistic streak get the better of them and it was therefore utterly fitting that with two bonus points in the bag and only one minute remaining, they should donate arguably the most numbskulled try of the entire campaign.

 

. As their forwards meandered towards a defensive lineout, pondered what shirts they'd wear to the end of year knees-up and enjoyed the public announcement of Jersey's demise in Cornwall, hooker Matt Williams slung the ball to the back of the lineout where grateful Bedford hooker Scott Spurling merely had to catch and flop.

 

Two bonus points became one, the very faint hope of more was extinguished and everyone at sun-blessed Billesley Common ruefully shook their heads. The phrase 'typical' escaped more than one set of lips.

 

Ironic and exceedingly vexatious given the fact the home side had just spent the previous five minutes putting their bodies in harm's way and repelling the Blue hordes with a superbly committed defensive workout that belied the fact there was nothing to play for.

 

But then that's been Moseley all season, work like a dog then roll over and have your tummy tickled. It's why they have finished tenth when some of their individual and collective displays have been quite outstanding and have suggested they belong further up the table.

 

However, this defeat, their 15th in 22 league games, was nowhere near as flaccid as the 50-6 beating handed out in Bedford eight months ago.

 

Moseley struggled to make their presence felt that day and while that scoreline flattered Blues, it prompted Kevin Maggs to observe: "They are way ahead of where we are."

 

Bedford's level appears to have remained pretty constant since then. They have fulfilled Maggs's opening day prediction of a top four finish and their back three remains the most potent in the Championship.

 

The Jameses Short and Stephenson, spiced up by the quick-witted and quick-footed incursions of full back Mark Atkinson, are enough to make any defender break out in a cold sweat. That's probably what makes them so slipppery.

 

However, Moseley have come on since September 1 and even accepting the fact this was Bedford's third game in eight days, they really put the frighteners on the visitors. They are still ahead of Moseley but not quite so far.

 

Having afforded the luxury of a 34-14 half-time lead, to which Stephenson, Short, Atkinson and Luke Baldwin had all contributed tries, Moseley staged their usual, down-the-hill, second-period rearguard action.

 

They'd already bagged tries through Tom Stephenson, whose blurring feet must make him a very respectable Riverdance performer - and Sam Wilkes and had played some excellent off-loading rugby that had Bedford struggling to find fingers for the dyke.

 

Then the outstanding Olly Robinson cleared up a Wilkes lineout and set up a close range try for Addison Lockley to show Messrs Harinordoquy and Yachvili when he lands in Biarritz.

 

Ten minutes later Robinson, who with Buster Lawrence has probably travelled furthest since his promising cameo at Goldington Road, grabbed one for himself, when he spotted an unguarded ruck and scuttled away for his second Championship try.

 

That brought Moseley their fourth of the game and first try bonus of the season. They didn't even manage one try the last time the sides met.

 

Indeed it is something of a shame they have reached the end of their programme, the fast track and dry ball has clearly brought Simon Hunt and his supply line to life and Robinson, Lawrence and Ryan Glynn have found their second wind.

 

But then that's Moseley's perverse way, they like to begin when it's just ended.

 

The Game as it Happened

 

Moseley

Min

Score

Bedford

Try Tom Stephenson

2

5 - 0

 

Con Simon Hunt

2

7 - 0

 

 

13

7 – 3

Pen Jake Sharp

 

15

7 – 8

Try James Short

 

15

7 - 10

Con Jake Sharp

 

19

7 - 15

Try James Stephenson

 

19

7 - 17

Con Jake Sharp

 

26

7 - 20

Pen Jake Sharp

Try Sam Wilkes

31

12 - 20

 

Con Simon Hunt

31

14 - 20

 

 

34

14 - 25

Try Mark Atkinson

 

34

14 - 27

Con Jake Sharp

 

40

14 - 32

Try Luke Baldwin

 

40

14 - 34

Con Jake Sharp

Try Addison Lockley

42

19 - 34

 

Con Simon Hunt

42

21 - 34

 

Rep Caolan Ryan for Brad Davies

47

21 - 34

 

Rep Ben Evans for Adam Parkins

47

21 - 34

 

Try Oliver Robinson

50

26 - 34

 

 

52

26 – 34

Rep Darryl Veenendaal for Luke Baldwin

 

52

26 – 34

Rep Ricky Reeves for Dan Seal

 

52

26 – 34

Rep Benjamin Cooper for Philip Boulton

Rep Glyn Hughes for Antony Carter

54

26 - 34

 

Rep Matt Williams for Sam Wilkes

58

26 - 34

Rep Ian Vass for Ollie Dodge

 

58

26 – 34

Rep Scott Spurling for Neil Cochrane

 

58

26 – 34

Rep Joe Vandermolen for Darren Fox

Rep Brad Hunt for Simon Hunt

61

26 - 34

 

Rep Ollie Thomas for Ryan Glynn

62

26 - 34

 

Rep Stephan Thorp for Craig Voisey

67

26 - 34

 

Pen Oliver Thomas

71

29 - 34

 

 

72

29 – 34

Rep

 

80

29 - 39

Try Scott Spurling

 

80

29 - 41

Con Jake Sharp