1st XV Match Report V Bedford Blues (Away) Fri 13/11/2009 

Match Report courtesy of The Birmingham Post

 

Bedford coast past part-time Moseley

 

An opening period that could have been the keystone of Moseley’s first win at Goldington Road in recent memory turned out to be little more than a litany of missed opportunities. And the visitors were made to pay.

 

By failing to beat a Bedford team lacking confidence and intensity Ian Smith’s men end the first half of their Championship campaign as much a part of the race to avoid the bottom four places as that to reach the top eight.

 

Victory would have brought them no guarantees but it would have lifted them to fourth for a few hours at least and cemented a position in the top half of the table.

 

As it is with 11 games gone and 11 to go no one can truly say which side of the relegation Plimsoll Line Moseley will come to rest.

 

Much of that is down to their own inconsistency but it is also a trait shared by half the teams in the division and probably only three - Birmingham & Solihull at the bottom and Bristol and Exeter at the top - can be relatively sure of which path they are on.

 

So how frustrating it was to have missed an opportunity to send a shot across the Championship’s bows but then if you only play for half a game then that’s what you tend to get.

 

And even within the period when Moseley strung some decent stuff together, it was still far from perfect.

 

The try they did score, through the bright Mike Gillick, was well crafted with a delightful sweeping pass to the wing from Andy Reay.

 

But there should have been more.

 

Seven minutes before the break Nathan Bressington had sufficient room to squeeze over in the bottom right hand corner.

 

But as Mose slung the ball down their line they did with more haste than accuracy and instead of putting the ball in front of the runner, at each stage they were forced to check allowing the Bedford defence to drift across and shut the door.

 

Four minutes later Neil Mason sprung through the unguarded fringes and made 30m only for his off-load to drift behind the supporting Andy Williams.

 

Either try would have made it a contest, both would have ended it with the Blues’ pack so uncharacteristically reticent.

 

But the Moseley supporters who because of traffic chaos arrived at half time, might as well have turned round and gone straight back home.

 

Their team played no meaningful part in proceedings after the restart as Bedford were energised by a beautiful finish from Luke Fielden.

 

Eight points from the boot of Brad Davies ended the contest in the hosts’ favour and Mose were left to muse on what might have been.