1st XV Match Preview V Ealing Trailfinders (a) Sat 27/02/2016 

By Glyn Barlow

No two ways about it this could well be one of the season defining games of Moseley’s 2015/16 Campaign, as they visit Ealing on Saturday.

With just six league games to go every match takes on extra significance for both teams, but standing just three points ahead of Ealing in 11th place Moseley will see this as a game that they not only have to take away as many points as possible but they also need to deny Ealing the opportunity to pick any up themselves.

Moseley enter the game boosted by the vital win over Rotherham two weeks ago. It is hoped that the blank weekend inbetween has aided preperation rather than dulled momentum.

While Moseley were experiencing a free Saturday Ealing were fulfilling a postponed British & Irish Cup fixture against the aforementioned Rotherham. The 45-7 loss will not have been the outcome they would particularly have wanted to take into this weekend, but to be honest it was a fixture without any particular significance as neither party could progress further in the cup.

Or this game Ealing took the opportunity to rotate a number of players from those who have featured in their recent league campaign and will probably have judged it as mission achieved if they picked up no significant injury worries in the process prior to getting back to the real objective.

Ealing demonstrated just how much of a challenge they are capable of mounting on their day when they recently held league playoff contenders Doncaster to a 17 all draw yielding two vital points. It was a game Ealing would probably believe they could have won as Doncaster only clawed back to equalise in the last quarter of the game.

Moseley go to London with the unusual objective of making it a quartet of wins over the same team in a season, having won three games to date.

Fri 16th Oct 15

Championship

Moseley

35-22

Ealing

Sat 14th Nov 15

B&I Cup

Moseley

37-31

Ealing

Sat 23rd Jan 16

B&I Cup

Ealing

27-36

Moseley

 

Its fair to say that all that is history now and will count for nothing when the whistle blows at 3.00pm. We should be assured of a full on contest from both teams. What perhaps the last three games do illustrate is how close, and reasonably high scoring (26 tries so far!), the contests have been with 13, 6 & 9 points seperating the sides.

The large contingent of Moseley travelling supporters should be guaranteed a cracking, if nervewracking, game this Saturday, hopefully coupled with a good result for Moseley.