1st XV Match Report V Bedford Blues (Home) Sat 09/09/2006 

Moseley 44 Bedford 37 - September 9th 2006

Moseley (13) 44
Tries:N Bressington 2, A Caves, penalty, T Warren
Pens:O. Thomas 3
Cons: O.Thomas 5

Bedford (17) 37
Tries:A Kettle, E Lewis, S Harding, R Broadfoot
Pens:R Broadfoot 3
Cons:R Broadfoot 4

MOSELEY: O Thomas; Bressington, O‘Leary (Hunter, 62), Peacock (Holder, 49), Binns; Macdonald, Knight; Coles (Buxton, 68), Caves (Sigley, 68), Bayliss, Arnold (Hadley, 68), Stott, Evans, Mason, Rodwell (Sin-binned 40+1-52).

BEDFORD: Patston; Dodge, Lewis (Youngs, 63), Allen, Pritchard; Broadfoot, Page; Volland, Whitehead (Johnson, 69), Olver (Alexander, 52), Phillips, Brenton (Comb, 58), Kettle (Pienaar, 58), Harding, Strauss (Sin-binned 66-76).

Referee: Martin Fox (RFU).

Thanks to the Sunday Mercury for this report

Moseley's final flourish buries Bedford

MOSELEY scored four tries in a rousing second-half performance to beat Bedford Blues at Billesley Common yesterday. It was the home side’s first win in this year’s National One, and nothing less than they deserved for a fight back that buried any doubts about their ability to survive in this division. Trailing 21-34 with 20 minutes to go, Moseley produced a performance of power and determination which more than made up for certain deficiencies in their game. They were helped somewhat by a poor Bedford team who looked a shadow of the side that finished second to Harlequins last season. Missed tackles, dropped passes, lack of discipline and mistakes at crucial times were Bedford’s undoing. In truth Moseley were little better, but they made the most of their opportunities, and dominated in the forwards.

Moseley disrupted the lineout, forced the Bedford scrum backwards and stole the ball countless times at the breakdown.

The game turned on two incidents in the second half; a penalty try, and a line out seconds from time five yards from the Moseley line.

At 21-34, Moseley looked like they were heading for their second consecutive defeat. The line out however, was to be their saviour. Moments after Paul Caves had rumbled over from a catch and drive, Moseley were at it again.

This time they rolled toward the Bedford line only to have the maul pulled down by Blues No 8 Nic Strauss. Referee Martin Fox was left with little option but to award the penalty try, and send Strauss to the sin bin. Oliver Thomas kicked the resulting conversion, and at 30-34, the initiative swung back to the home side. Moseley made Strauss pay for the indiscretion. Nathan Bressington scored his second try of the game, and Alex Hunter (actually Warren, Ed) grabbed his side’s fifth of the match. Two more conversions from Thomas and Moseley had turned a 13 point deficit into a ten point lead. Bedford though fought to the end, and might have snatched a draw but for Moseley flanker Richard Stott. Stott disrupted Bedford’s line out all afternoon, and when the visitors had a final chance with a minute remaining he again stole the ball just yards from his own line. The excitement of the finish was in stark contrast to a scrappy disjointed first half that was brighten only by the sun and three break away tries.

Having spent the first ten minutes camped on their own line, Moseley took the lead when some fine work by Paul Knight created space for Bressington down the right. The winger slipped past several Bedford players, and crossed under the posts.

Bedford hit back twice, with Adam Kettle and Emyr Lewis finishing off fine flowing moves. After the break Bedford extended their lead, and, but for some sloppy handling, would have been out of sight.

Moseley though hung on when they had to, and took their chances when they came.

Scorers: Moseley: Tries: Bressington (2) Caves, Hunter (actually Warren, Ed), Penalty Try. Conversions: O Thomas (5). Penalties: O Thomas (3). Bedford: Tries: Kettle, Lewis, Broadfoot, Warding. Conversions: Broadfoot (4). Penalties: Broadfoot (3).










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