1st XV Match Report V Harrogate (Away) Sat 18/02/2006 


February 18 2006


Harrogate: Ed Smithies, Steve Parsons, Jamie Barker, Richard Davies, James Tapster, Mick Wainwright, Mike Aspinall, Scott Wilson, Ed Spackman, Rob Wilson, Brendan Back, Matt Challinor, Scott Powell, Andrew Enston, Maifea Maifea
Subs: Mark Chester, Garth Dodgson, Mark Erven, . Brown

MOSELEY: Andy Binns, Nathan Bressington, Daren O'Leary, Andy Reay, Carl Colvin, Greg MacDonald, Gareth Taylor, Paul Coles, Adam Caves, Neil Bayliss, David Hallmen, Richard Stott, Tom McIntosh, Neil Mason, James Rodwell
Subs: Roy Davies, Dean Bick, Mark Evans, Oliver Thomas

13:00 min - Try, Nathan Bressington, (Moseley)
25:00 min - Try, Matt Challinor, (Harrogate)
25:00 min - Conversion, Mike Aspinall, (Harrogate)
29:00 min - Try, Jamie Barker, (Harrogate)
33:00 min - Try, Nathan Bressington, (Moseley)
37:00 min - Try, Adam Caves, (Moseley)
55:00 min - Try, Neil Mason, (Moseley)
55:00 min - Conversion, Greg MacDonald, (Moseley)
61:00 min - Try, Richard Stott, (Moseley)
61:00 min - Conversion, Greg MacDonald, (Moseley)
65:00 min - Try, Nathan Bressington, (Moseley)
76:00 min - Try, Nathan Bressington, (Moseley)
80:00 min - Try, Steve Parsons, (Harrogate)
80:00 min - Conversion, Mark Chester, (Harrogate)
80:00 min - Try, Mark Chester, (Harrogate)

League Table

    Team           P  W D L  F    A   BP PTS
1 Moseley      19 17 0 2 570 317 13 81
2 Waterloo     19 15 2 2 577 300 13 77
3 Esher           19 14 1 4 539 242 12 70
4 Launceston 19 12 1 6 439 376   5 55

Match report - "Moseley try and mighty"

Birmingham Mail

MOSELEY ran in seven tries with winger Nathan Bressington bagging four as they put down another marker on their road to National One.

But despite the 39-24 scoreline it was never an easy match and the Yorkshire side once again picked up a bonus point, their 15th of the season, for grabbing four tries of their own.

Moseley could have gone ahead in the opening minutes but back row Jim Rodwell dropped the ball. However, the opener was not long in coming when Bressington shrugged off two tackles to go over.

Moseley had Greg Macdonald at fly-half for his first start of the season, in for the injured Ollie Thomas, and they had Harrogate pinned back for 25 minutes.

But second row Matt Challinor broke through to score by the posts with fly-half Mike Aspinall adding the extras, and then four minutes later centre James Barker went over to give Harrogate a 12-5 lead.

Macdonald, who had missed a conversion and a penalty, found Bressington on the right and he slid home in the corner.

Just before the break hooker Adam Caves went over to give Moseley a 15-12 lead.

The visitors started to get their act together and, after a series of charging runs, winger Carl Colvin made the decisive break which was finished off by flanker Neil Mason, who carried two defenders over with him.

Macdonald found his range for a 22-12 lead. On the hour second row Richard Stott got in on the act, forcing his way over under the posts and Macdonald again added the extras.

Bressington completed his first hat-trick for the club on 65 minutes adding a fourth with four minutes to go.

With the match won and the bonus point safe, Moseley relaxed but Harrogate are not the bonus point kings of the division for nothing.

Winger Steve Parsons went over with replacement scrum-half Mark Chester adding the extras before Chester himself went over for a bonus point to give the score a more respectable look.

Coach Ian Smith said: "We started quite well but we lost our focus a little bit. At half-time certain players knew exactly what was going wrong so we went out and did what we should have done in the first half and scored some cracking tries.

"Nathan try-blitz down to pack

By David Lawrence At Claro Road for The Birmingham Post

Harrogate 24 Moseley 39

So elated was Moseley flyer Nathan Bressington that he threatened to run for home after his four-try haul kept the Billesley Common outfit at the top of the table.

"I've never actually scored a hat-trick for Moseley before so I'll take that and I could run all the way back to Birmingham," the winger said.

Bressington had scored four tries in a match previously, the last time being two seasons ago when playing for Stourbridge against Wharfedale.

But at Claro Road he was the first to thank the efforts of his forwards who battered their hosts with a series of powerful runs.

"There were four tries for me but it has been a team effort and our forwards really got stuck in," he said. "They were outstanding today to create the space for me on the wing.

"We expected them to be tough because when they came down to us they gave us a bit of scare. It was a sticky, difficult game and we had to grind out a result."

The scare came midway through the first half. With a Bressington try giving Moseley a 13th-minute lead, all looked to be going to plan until the Yorkshire side belied their position at the foot of the table by taking the lead thanks to scores by Matt Challinor and Jamie Barker.

All of a sudden it seemed the efforts of last week's gruelling victory over promotion rivals Esher had been in vain.

Another Bressington effort and an Adam Caves try edged Moseley into a 15-12 half-time lead but the visitors hardly looked a side at the top of the table some 54 points clear of their hosts.

But some rousing words seemed to do the trick at the break and after more bullocking runs by Caves, Jim Rodwell and Neil Mason had softened up the Yorkshiremen, the visitors gradually turned the screw.

Mason bagged the bonus try on 55 minutes with Richard Stott adding a fifth a few minutes later as Moseley's forwards reaped the rewards after they had pummelled their opponents.

Bressington finished Harrogate off with a final flourish that saw him double his tally with scores in the corner as Moseley opened up a 39-12 lead.

But the final word belonged to Harrogate and their 'never say die' attitude. Wingers Steve Parsons and James Tapster gave the Claro Road crowd something to cheer with a try apiece in injury time, scores that were rewarded with a much-needed bonus point.

Moseley coach Ian Smith said Harrogate had always threatened to be something of a banana skin with teams raising their games when facing the league leaders.

He said: "We took them far too lightly which was something we had discussed all week especially after the effort of the Esher game.

"This was always a fearful game for me after a peak in performance mentally last week.

"We have said all season that there are no poor sides in this division.

"If you are not at 100 per cent you are going to get hurt. That happened to us at the end of the first half and we got stung.

"I felt we were a little bit lazy in some of our play and, towards the end of the first half, we relaxed.

"We had a good discussion at half time and started all over again in the second half.

"Sometimes these things work in your favour and you need a few harsh realities to make sure you really are on song mentally.

"It was a wake-up call for us."

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