1st XV Match Report V Bedford (h) Sat 01/03/2014 

Match Details

 

Venue

Billesley

Kick Off

3.00pm

Attendance

1,090

Referee

Craig Maxwell-Keys

Teams

 

Moseley

24 – 13

Bedford

 

 

Anthony Carter

15

Mike Le Bourgeois

 

 

Simon Hunt

14

Patrick Tapley

T

 

Scott Armstrong

13

Brendan Burke

 

T

Will Owen

12

Mark Atkinson

 

T

Matthew Williams

11

Aaron Morris

 

P P P P C

Oliver Thomas

10

Jake Sharp

P

 

Sam Brown

9

Harry Peck

 

 

Craig Voisey

1

Nick Auterac

 

Y

William Evans

2

Charlie Clare

 

 

Ben Evans

3

Phil Boulton

 

 

Greg Charlton

4

Mike Howard

 

 

Mike Powell

5

Paul Tupai

T

 

Neil Mason

6

Don Barrell

 

 

Oliver Robinson

7

Sacha Harding

 

 

Chris Brightwell

8

Daryl Veenendaal

 

Replacements

 

 

 

 

Adam Caves

16

Scott Spurling

 

 

David Hilton

17

Darren Fearn

 

 

Adam Parkins

18

Ben Cooper

 

 

Nigel Burrows

19

Gregor Gillanders

 

 

Alex Day

20

Darren Fox

 

 

Mike Penn

21

Ben Calder

 

 

Caolan Ryan

22

Ollie Dodge

 

 

Match Report

By Brian Dick – Birmingham Mail

 

More silver service for rampant Mose

 

This was Moseley's seventh league win of an excellent campaign, their third in five games and an extension of their superb home form.

 

First the cloud, despite attempts to rebrand their home as Sunshine Alley there will always be a cloud at Billesley Common.

 

What a shame this side is likely to break up. A side Kevin Maggs put together on a shoestring last summer and has spent the last six months fashioning into a feisty Championship outfit, will inevitably have its juiciest cherries picked.

 

Rhys Buckley has already gone and it doesn’t take the Man from Del Monte to figure out which of Maggs’s other choice fruit has attracted interest. A year in the making, a few weeks in the breaking, you have to sympathise with Maggs who will be asked to start from scratch again.

 

So if that’s the cloud, where can the silver lining possibly be? Well, the league table offers some degree of comfort. This was Moseley’s seventh league win of an excellent campaign, their third in five games and an extension of their superb home form. They haven’t been beaten at Chillesley Common since November 23.

 

Moseley are 21 points and five teams clear of the relegation zone, these are the dog days of the season and their supporters should appreciate them while they last. Bedford, Nottingham and Cornish Pirates have all been beaten for the first time in many years.

 

Indeed, Mose have done the double over the Blues for the first time in nearly two decades. If there were such thing as a gold lining that fact alone would come close.

 

And how has Maggs done it? By finding props that scrummage, locks that push – in set-piece and tight play – back rows that carry and tackle and a set of backs that can finish on their day. This is as close to a balanced tier-two team as any they have put out since 2006.

 

What was particularly gratifying about this latest success was the fact it was achieved without the help of Northampton – between them Adam Parkins and Alex Day accounted for 24 minutes.

 

This was a Moseley victory built on Red and Black foundations and without key performers like Buckley, Greg King and Buster Lawrence.

 

Unheralded prop Craig Voisey had another stand-out game, as did the evergreen Ben Evans, who reduced Nic Auterac to his constituent, admittedly impressive, body parts. Both scrummaged outstandingly and Voisey was a workhorse around the paddock.

 

Old-lag Mike Powell was once again a figure of authority and openside Olly Robinson is in the richest form of his fledgling career.

 

And credit must also go to Matt Williams, not just for turning Ollie Thomas’s cross-kick from an ill-judged waste of possession into the game’s decisive try, but for all the hard yards he made coming off his wing and up through the middle.

 

There was even a first Moseley try for King’s deputy, Will Owen. Silver lining? Yes. Sunshine Alley? No.

 

The Game as it Happened

 

 

 

Moseley

Min

Score

Cornish Pirates

Pen Oliver Thomas

09

3 - 0

 

 

20

3 - 5

Try Paul Tupai

Pen Oliver Thomas

26

6 - 5

 

Pen Oliver Thomas

32

9 - 5

 

Yellow Card William Evans

36

9 - 5

 

Rep Adam Caves For Neil Mason (Tactical)

43

9 - 5

 

Pen Oliver Thomas

45

12 - 5

 

Rep Neil Mason For Adam Caves (Tactical)

46

12 - 5

 

 

47

12 - 8

Pen Jake Sharp

 

52

12 - 13

Try Patrick Tapley

 

52

12 - 13

Rep Scott Spurling For Charlie Clare (Tactical)

 

53

12 - 13

Rep Darren Fox For Sacha Harding (Tactical)

Rep Nigel Burrows For Greg Charlton (Tactical)

56

12 - 13

 

Try Will Owen

58

17 - 13

 

Con Oliver Thomas

59

19 - 13

 

Rep Mike Penn For Anthony Carter (Injury)

61

19 - 13

 

Rep Alex Day For Sam Brown (Tactical)

64

19 - 13

 

Try Matthew Williams

66

24 - 13

 

Rep Adam Caves For William Evans (Tactical)

68

24 - 13

 

 

69

24 - 13

Rep Ollie Dodge For Brendan Burke (Tactical)

 

71

24 - 13

Rep Gregor Gillanders For Don Barrell (Tactical)

Rep Adam Parkins For Ben Evans (Tactical)

72

24 - 13

 

 

72

24 - 13

Rep Ben Cooper For Phil Boulton (Tactical)

 

72

24 - 13

Rep Darren Fearn For Nick Auterac (Tactical)

 

72

24 - 13

Rep Ben Calder For Harry Peck (Tactical)