1st XV Match Report V Bedford Blues (Home) Fri 05/03/2010 

Match Report

Moseley 0 Bedford 21 - March 5th 2010


MOSELEY: Gillick; Simpson-Daniel, Macburnie, Keys, Mensah-Coker; Reay, Gasson (Taylor 61); Williams (Harden 61), Caves (Oselton 61), Sigley, Muldowney, Hall (Stott 48), Wilson, Rowland (Harden 27-37 (Pennycook 48), Rodwell (Mason 48). Replacement: Read

BEDFORD: Pritchard; Fielden, Dodge, Vass, Taylor (Burke 48); Dorrian, Chudley; Brown (Cecere 47), Richmond, Boulton, Tupai, Spencer (Rae 40), Gillanders, Harding, Goodman (Lewitt 55).
Replacements: Walshe.

SCORERS: BEDFORD: Tries, Pritchard; Fielden, Pens
, Dorrian Pritchard 2; Cons Pritchard 2;

Mose empty handed again
By Brian Dick

MOSELEY ended their British & Irish Cup campaign exactly as they started it with a dispiriting home defeat.

At least they managed to trouble the scorer when they kicked off Pool C, full of optimism against London Welsh in November. They weren't so precise last night as several decent opportunities were spurned.

Which is why, for the second time in three games, they ended up on the wrong end of a shut-out and why they have finished with five losses from five matches.

They will not mourn the passing of a competition that has been little more than an inconvenience to Ian Smith's small squad. But while they were able to blame the conditions when they left Aberavon empty handed last Tuesday week, they had no such excuse last night.

In truth Bedford created more openings and had two tries disallowed but the Billesley Boys also had their own chances.

But when they needed a pass to go to hand, their discipline to hold or just to maintain possession, they were unable. The visitors were not so profligate. Indeed it took them just three minutes before they went ahead. Former Cov flyhalf Myles Dorrian kicked a penalty awarded when Mose were whis- tled for crossing.

Then James Pritchard doubled the lead just short of the mid- way point after Aly Muldowney stepped offside.

And four minutes before the break the fullback made it 9-0 as Moseley failed to roll away.

In the second half the penalties turned into tries as Bedford took a grip on the game.

First Pritchard followed up his own chip and was on the spot to capitalise on an error by Mike Gillick.

And a quarter hour in Luke Fielden blasted through Charlie Simpson-Daniel and Andy Reay to make it 23-0.

Even when Paul Tupai was yellow carded for a late hit on Richard Stott, Moseley could not break their duck neither in the group nor the match.


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