1st XV Match Report V Birmingham Solihull (Home) Sat 23/01/2010
Moseley 25 Bees 24 -
January 23rd 2010
Roberts; Bressington, May (MacBurnie 45), Reay,
Mensah-Coker; Borgen (Gillick 12-16, 68), Pasqualin (Taylor 40);
Williams, Caves, Sigley, Muldowney, Stott, Mason, Pennycook, Rodwell
(Wilson 51). Replacements: Thomas, Oselton, Evans.
BEES: Penn (Foden 71); Hunt, Lawson, Mitchell, Culpin; Aley
(Petty 65), Brake; Long (Dowding 30), Philpott (Phillips 45), Sperandio
(Halavatau 59), Ault, Noonan, Earnshaw, Clayton (Connolly 45), Cracknell
try: Bressington; conversion: Roberts; penalties:
Bees tries: Hunt (2); conversion: Hunt; penalties: Aley (3), Hunt.
TRUSTY TRIST IS MOSE HERO - Sunday Mercury
from BRIAN DICK at Billesley Common
RESURGENT Bees came within a point of Hunt-ing down their nearest rivals and
securing a first win in nine months.
Two tries from wing Simon Hunt who also kicked five points and three
penalties from debutant fly half Ricky Aley gave Mose an almighty scare.
In fact the Solihull side out-scored their hosts two-one and had they kicked
any one of several penalties in the Moseley half they might have stolen the
All turgid Moseley could muster in response was an early strike from Nathan
Bressington and 20 points from the everreliable boot of Tristan Roberts.
The Gloucester fly half booted seven of his eight attempts, many of which
came courtesy of the home team's dominant scrum.
In the end it was the Red and Blacks' ability to produce goal-kicking
opportunities that kept their noses in front.
It earned four crucial league points and retained the ambition of finishing
in the top eight but that was about all that could be said.
For Bees' part it was a case of so near, yet so far.
Russell Earnshaw's men have not won since beating Redruth in the penultimate
game of their National Two campaign last season.
Gutted That's a run of 19 games which came so close to being broken
"I am gutted," Hunt said. "I am not saying we definitely deserved to win but
we are there or thereabouts and losing by a point is harder for me than
losing by 40. Little mistakes cost us in this game, the two yellow cards
cost us and lots of little errors. But it feels like that first victory is
"We have got a completely different team to the start of the season and even
the boys who have survived the turnaround are playing a totally different
game. Every week is getting better."
Indeed after taking just one point in their first 13 Championship games they
have taken four in their last three and, having controversially brought 16
players in just before transfer deadline day, their momentum is building.
The same cannot be said of Moseley who were unable to dictate proceedings
against opponents, many of whom have played three games in six days.
They are still six points clear of the relegation play-offs but are playing
as poorly as anyone in the league.
Indeed the game was barely 20 seconds old before they dropped their first
clanger after an infringement from the opening kick-off. Aley punished them
with a welljudged penalty that just cleared the bar.
Moseley responded with their best move of the game. Justin Mensah-Coker
fielded Aley's clearance in his own half and charged through midfield to
take play into the Bees' 22. After probing left they brought play towards
the right wing where Ali Muldowney off-loaded out of the tackle and fed Andy
Reay. The centre had the easy task of providing Bressington with his ninth
try of the season.
Roberts converted and made it 10-3 in the eighth minute when player-coach
Earnshaw failed to roll away.
In fact Moseley dominated nearly the entire opening period, although they
produced only three more points when Mauro Sperandio failed to release.
Aley made it 13-6 just after the half hour and then the gap was down to two
just before the break. Bees hooker Stuart Philpott intercepted Jordi
Pasqualin's pass and although he was downed by Jonny May he had time to spin
wide for Hunt to storm over in the corner.
Moseley had the last word when Neil Mason won a penalty, his big hit forcing
a fumble. Roberts made it 16-11.
Playing downhill in the second half against a side that must have been
feeling the effects of its midweek jaunt to Rotherham, the Billesley boys
might have been expected to press home their physical supremacy. But they
Roberts made it 19-11 soon after the restart when Stott was pushed at a
But they could not subdue their nearneighbours.
Aley kicked his third penalty after James Rodwell lost the ball in his own
half only for Roberts to respond on the hour. When the home scrum coughed up
another penalty with a quarter of an hour to go Mose led by nine points.
Bees wouldn't buzz off, though.
With Aley off, Hunt stroked over a 68th-minute penalty and bagged his second
of the afternoon.
Rod Petty popped up twice in midfield to release the former England Sevens
wing. Hunt slid over the line and landed a majestic touchline conversion
that ensured a nervy finish.
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