Moseley 30 Bees 35 -
September 30th 2006
MOSELEY: Thomas; Bressington (Holder, 29), O’Leary, Cox, Binns (Hunter, 40); Macdonald, P Knight; Coles, Caves (Hall, 65), Buxton (Black, 65), Arnold, Stott (Skelding, 65), Evans (Hall, 17-27), Mason, Rodwell. Replacements not used: Daniell, Warren
PERTEMPS BEES: Goodridge; Billig, D Knight, Martin (Davies, 29), Nutthall; Higgins (Petty, 65), Spee; Long (Dunning 40, Long 60), Pearl (Miles, 59), Asi, Gabey, Cornwell (Davidson, 66), Tuohy, Qera (Rawlins, 73), Halavatau (George, 59).
Moseley – tries: Knight, Caves, Hall;
conversions: Thomas (3);
penalties: Thomas (3).
Bees – tries: Goodridge (2), Davies (2);
conversions: Higgins (3);
penalties: Higgins (3).
Referee: C Sharp.
Thanks to the Sunday Mercury for this report
Higgins gets Bees Buzzing
A SCINTILLATING Second City derby went the way
of Pertemps Bees as the visitors sealed another maximum haul.
Braces by Jon Goodridge and Tristan Davies gave the Solihull side a deserved win – their second away from home in a week.
But Moseley will be wondering how they let slip a 17-13 half-time lead to have only a point from a game they might have won.
Although they slipped behind to a fifth-minute Jon Higgins penalty – the first of three of 15 points for the fly-half – the hosts actually scored the opening try. A sweet moment it was, too, for scrum-half Paul Knight who went over after six minutes against the club he left in the summer. Ollie Thomas’s conversion made it 7-3.
But the lead was always changing and once Higgins had narrowed the deficit after 14 minutes, Gloucester loanee Goodridge claimed his team’s first try.
It came on midway through the first half after Dan Tuohy made the initial break.
He was downed on the 22 but possession was recycled for Higgins who grinded between the centres, drew the cover and gave his full-back an easy run in.
In the 28th minute Tuohy was penalised for an illegal tackle of Chris Hall in front of his posts and Thomas stroked over – 13-10.
Cushion On the stroke of half-time Moseley’s Paul Arnold and Andy Binns led a counter-attack and the latter won a penalty. It was kicked to the corner, Arnold claimed the line-out and hooker Adam Cave was driven over against seven men, with Bees skipper Mark Cornwell in the sin-bin. Thomas converted and the home side had a four-point cushion.
It could have been reduced at the end of the period but Higgins missed his shot at goal.
There was a frantic start to the second half as Bees scored with the opening kick-off. Akapusi Qera dented the defence and although he was dragged down the dam was burst. Stuart Pearl nearly went over himself but gave a simple scoring pass to Davies.
Thomas drew Moseley level with a penalty a minute later but then Higgins restored a three-point advantage.
Thomas restored parity for Ian Smith’s men after 50 minutes with a fifth successful goal but two minutes later Bees took a lead they would never lose. Mark Gabey and Casey Dunning dented the defence and Higgins showed presence of mind and spun wide for Davies to flop over.
The try bonus was sealed in the 54th minute when Higgins scooped up a loose ball in his own half and released Goodridge. The three-quarter had 60 metres between him and the line but scooted round his marker and evaded Paul Knight’s last-ditch tackle. Higgins’ conversion opened up a 12-point margin.
Hall grabbed a try five minutes into injury time and Thomas’s spectacular conversion gave his side a deserved loss bonus.
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