1st XV Match Preview V Nottingham (a) Sun 27/09/2015 

By Glyn Barlow

This weekend sees the first Championship visit of Moseley to Nottingham’s new home at Lady Bay Stadium.

Following a period of time at Notts County’s Meadow Lane ground the club has, sensibly, decided that it will be more financially viable to develop their own facilities at their previous training ground. With parallels with Moseley’s move to Billesley Common a few seasons ago we wish them well in developing a facility representative of a true rugby club.

So far this season the green and whites haven’t achieved the start to life in their new home they would have wished for. Losses to Pirates, Doncaster and Bristol leave them in eleventh place with 4 points to their credit.

League position however is not a fair indication of endeavour in this case. A tough opening day away trip to Cornwall saw Nottingham just miss out 18-14. This was followed up with a 30 – 36 loss to Doncaster and last weekend they went down by 14 points at Bristol, but not before scoring 31 points including five tries.

One of those five tries was scored by new winger Josh Skelcey, no stranger to Moseley having made fifteen appearances last season while on dual registration from Northampton. Josh has now made the permanent move to Nottingham and joins fellow ex –Moseley player Billy Robinson.

Further additions to the squad have included half backs Lawrence Rayner from Plymouth and Darryl Veenendaal from Bedford, Leinster’s wing Sam Coglan-Murray, Keiran Davies at prop from Exeter and back row Ben Morris from Newcastle Falcons. 

Last season the two teams met four times with Nottingham winning both Championship fixtures while Moseley took the cup victories.

Sat 18th Oct

B&I Cup

Moseley

22 – 14

Nottingham

Sat 22nd Nov

Championship

Moseley

26 – 27

Nottingham

Sun 7th Dec

B&I Cup

Nottingham

26 – 27

Moseley

Sat 31st Mar

Championship

Nottingham

49 – 32

Moseley

 

This season Moseley will be hoping to claim the Championship wins, and performances so far suggest they will make a fair attempt of it. Last weekend, despite allowing London Welsh a little too much respect initially, Moseley provided a stern challenge for last season’s Premiership team.

Ultimately Moseley were unable to unlock the solid defence of the well drilled Londoners and were held to 6 – 17. Arguably the team will have left the field believing they could have achieved a greater reward for their efforts.

Sunday would be the ideal time for the team to return to the opening weekends winning ways.