1st XV Match Report V Otley RUFC (Away) Sat 07/10/2006 

Otley 16 Moseley 13 - October 7th 2006

Tries: B Back
Pens: S Binns 3
Cons: S Binns

Tries: A Caves
Pens: O Thomas 2
Cons: O Thomas

OTLEY: Smith; Parsons, Mooney, Whatmuff (Dench, 14), Xavier; S Binns, Chivers; Lives ey, Sayers (Steele, 68), Fear (Turner, 53), Back, Williams, Tiffany (Monks, 68), Hyde, Maifea.

MOSELEY: A Binns; O’Leary, Holder, Cox, Colvin; Thomas, Knight (Hunter, 75); Coles, Hall (Caves, 56), Buxton (Black, 75), Arnold, Skelding (Stott, 56), Mason, Warren (Evans, 12), Rodwell.

Referee: Llyr Ap Geraint Roberts (RFU).

Thanks to the Birmingham Mail for this report

Unhappy Smith slams Moseley

MOSELEY are becoming the nearly men of National One as they slipped to their fourth defeat in as many games.

As in their last two matches against Coventry and Bees, the Red and Blacks were within a score of victory but there the similarities ended after what coach Ian Smith described as "the worst performance of the last couple of seasons''.

They managed to return from Yorkshire with a losing bonus point but even that had a touch

of fortune about it with hooker Adam Caves collecting his fourth try of the season late on.

Smith said: "There was a dip in our performance against a side we could have beaten, but it was a very difficult game.

"They are a very passionate side but it was very scrappy. Neither of us got any momentum and it was a litany of mistakes and errors. It was one that got away - but not by many.

"We let ourselves down a little bit. It certainly wasn't the standard we aspire to and we are used to so we will work harder on Tuesday and move on to next week."

Otley took the lead when Simon Binns, brother of Moseley's Andy, slotted over a penalty after 22 minutes. Ollie Thomas levelled for Moseley six minutes later when winger Kyle Dench was sin-binned for a high tackle on Chris Holder.

The pair exchanged penalties again before half-time, Thomas' effort coming as a result of Andre Xabier being yellow-carded, to go in at 6-6.

Otley went ahead again almost from the restart with a driving maul going over in the corner and Brendan Back came up with the ball. Binns converted.

If it was Otley who saw yellow in the first half, Moseley took over in the second, with first Mark Evans on 44 minutes then, 18 minutes later, Neil Mason, in the sin bin.

Binns then landed a third penalty to stretch the lead to 10 points. Six minutes into injury time, though, Caves was driven over and Thomas converted to give the away fans something to cheer.





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