1st XV Match Report V Redruth RFC (Home) Sat 04/03/2006 

Moseley 27 Redruth 13 - March 4th 2006

After a slow start Moseley fought back to a bonus point win, despite allowing Redruth the lion's share of possession and territory. Nathan Bressington and Dean Bick were again among the try scorers. James Rodwell was outstanding throughout, and Andy Binns made excellent use of all the experience from his 200 games for Moseley.

Moseley: Andy Binns, Nathan Bressington, Daren 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, Chris Holder

Redruth: Mark Churcher, L Vinnicombe, Craig Bonds, PJ Gidlow, Nathan Pedley, Mark Scriverner, Mark Richards, D Jacques, Sam Harrison, S Heard, Damien Cook, Dan Goodwin, John Navin, Chris Fuca, James. Mann
Subs: Paul Gadson, Mark Harper, Ashley Lawton, Peter Joyce

Referee: Geraint Ashton-Jones
Attendance: 762


12:00 min - Penalty Goal, Mark Scrivener, (Redruth)
16:00 min - Penalty Goal, Oliver Thomas, (Moseley)
25:00 min - Try, Nathan Bressington, (Moseley)
44:00 min - Try, James Rodwell, (Moseley)
44:00 min - Conversion, Oliver Thomas, (Moseley)
50:00 min - Try, Dean Bick, (Moseley)
70:00 min - Try, Paul Gadson, (Redruth)
73:00 min - Try, Mark Evans, (Moseley)
73:00 min - Conversion, Oliver Thomas, (Moseley)
79:00 min - Try, L Vinnicombe, (Redruth)

Not pretty but Moseley stay top

By Roger Clarke, Birmingham Mail

MOSELEY won "ugly" in the words of director of rugby John Beale, but win they did and collect a bonus point to maintain their four-point lead at the top of National Two.

The 27-13 win was certainly not the best performance by Moseley who fell behind in the 12th minute to a penalty by Redruth No.10 Mark Scrivener.

His opposite number Ollie Thomas levelled matters four minutes later and with 25 minutes gone, No.8 James Rodwell picked up from the

base of a scrum to make the break, which lead to winger Nathan Bressington going over. With no conversion the teams turned around at 8-3.

Four minutes after the break another pick-up from Rodwell saw him canter to the line and when Thomas converted, Moseley at last had daylight between them and the Cornishmen.

The front five then got in on the act when, from a line-out, the pack forced over for hooker Dean Bick to touch down. Thomas missed the kick but the match was virtually won.

Not that Redruth fully understood that, though, and when replacement centre Paul Gadson went over with 10 minutes to go it could have set a few nerves jangling.

Three minutes later, however, and flanker Mark Evans crashed over and Thomas converted to not only make the match safe but grab a bonus point.

To their credit, Redruth were still not finished and winger Lewis Vinnecombe went over in the final minute to bring respectability to the scoreline.

The win extends Moseley's 100 per cent record to eight league games, the longest in the club's history and another milestone was reached against Redruth when full-back Andy Binns celebrated his 200th game for the club with a win.

With Waterloo winning at Blackheath and Esher doing the same at Manchester - both with bonus points - there is no change at the top with six games to go.

Beale said: "It keeps us on track. We did not play particularly well but we got the five points so we are still on course.

"The first half was a mess. The second half was a little bit better but it was still short of how we would want to be playing. But if we can win ugly then maybe it is a sign that we are going to make it."

National League Division Two Table
      Team       P  W D L   F    A   BP PTS
1 Moseley     20 18 0 2 597 330 14 86
2 Waterloo     20 16 2 2 611 317 14 82
3 Esher          20 15 1 4 579 271 13 75
4 Launceston  20 12 1 7 472 416   6 56
5 Barking        20 11 1 8 377 348   8 54


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