1st XV Match Report V Esher RFC (Home) Sat 11/02/2006 


Moseley 35 Esher 21

Moseley won emphatically against second-in-the-table Esher, bagging the four-try bonus point after 37 minutes, and leading 32 - 9 with six minutes to go, before two late tries.

Referee: Gareth Copsey
Attendance: 895

Moseley: Andy Binns, Nathan Bressington, Darren O'Leary, Andy Reay, Carl Colvin, Oliver Thomas, Gareth Taylor, Paul Coles, Dean Bick, Neil Bayliss, Dave Hallmen, Richard Stott, Mark Evans, Neil Mason, James Rodwell
Subs: Danny Howick, Adam Caves, Tom McIntosh, Greg MacDonald

Esher: Neil Hallett, Matt Moore, David McCullum, Toby Clouston, Karele Dixon, Matt Leek, John Paul O'Reilly, Duncan Cormack, Mark Bennett, Jeff Smith, Mark Butterworth, Paul Barker, Mike Blakeburn, Lee. Starling, Chris Wilkins
Subs: Graham Barr, Thomas Doran, Ladislav Vondrasek, Thomas Warren

1:00 min - Try, Nathan Bressington, (Moseley)
2:00 min - Conversion, Oliver Thomas, (Moseley)
10:00 min - Try, Andy Reay, (Moseley)
17:00 min - Penalty Goal, Neil Hallett, (Esher)
23:00 min - Penalty Goal, Neil Hallett, (Esher)
29:00 min - Try, Neil Mason, (Moseley)
29:00 min - Conversion, Oliver Thomas, (Moseley)
37:00 min - Try, James Rodwell, (Moseley)
37:00 min - Conversion, Oliver Thomas, (Moseley)
45:00 min - Penalty Goal, Neil Hallett, (Esher)
64:00 min - Penalty Goal, Oliver Thomas, (Moseley)
67:00 min - Penalty Goal, Oliver Thomas, (Moseley)
74:00 min - Try, Matt Moore, (Esher)
74:00 min - Conversion, Neil Hallett, (Esher)
77:00 min - Penalty Goal, Oliver Thomas, (Moseley)
78:00 min - Try, Graham Barr, (Esher)

Classy Moseley bring title closer Feb 13 2006

By Roger Clarke, Birmingham Mail

MOSELEY are within touching distance of National One after nearest rivals Esher were the latest team to be repulsed at Fortress Billesley.

The 35-21 demolition has seen Moseley take a significant lead as the home strait approaches in the threehorse promotion race.

The Surrey side have dropped to third, seven points adrift while Waterloo, who won 23-16 at Manchester, are now four points behind in second spot.

With Esher and Waterloo still to play each other Moseley's title ambitions are firmly in their own hands.

At the start of 2006 director of rugby John Beale would not talk about promotion until after the first six matches. Esher was the sixth match and the sixth victory which has seen both main rivals leave Billesley Common with their tail between their legs.

Beale said: "We are in the box seats now. We were excellent, it was a top class performance against a good team who I expect to go up with us. Esher I think are stronger than Waterloo.

"In the first half we played an almost error-free game. We took our chances and scored four good tries and then in the second half, unlike games recently when we stopped playing, we carried on and although we didn't score any more tries we were unlucky not to and we defended well against the wind.

"It was also a good victory for coaching. Ian Smith and Don Caskie did an excellent preparation job because everything they did we were expecting and we were very, very well prepared for the game.

"Neil Mason (flanker) was back to his best and the whole back row tackled really aggressively.

Nathan Bressington was back to form with a try and a chip which led to another try but the whole team did well.

"It is now ours to lose which is a nice position to be in. Every game will still be a pressure game but the lads have shown they can produce the goods on the day."

Moseley had gone ahead through winger Bressington in the opening minute with a try converted through fly-half Ollie Thomas. On-loan centre Andy Reay went over for an unconverted try on ten minutes but Esher kept in touch with two penalties from full-back Neil Hallett, before Mason went over for a converted try on 29 minutes and eight minutes later No8 James Rodwell repeated the trick to give Moseley a bonus point and a half-time lead of 26-6.

Hallett kicked a penalty at the start of the second period but Thomas landed two of his own.

It was almost inevitable that Esher winger Matt Moore, the league's top scorer, would make an impression and he did with a converted try with six minutes to go.

But Thomas kept the Moseley score ticking over with a third penalty before replacement Graham Barr gave Esher a late consolation try.