1st XV Match Report V Ampthill (H) Sat 21/01/2017 

Attendance: 864                          Referee:    Jamie Leahy                      

Teams

Ed Sheldon

15

Steffan Jones

Drew Cheshire

14

Jonathan Morgan

Greg King

13

Samuel Hanks

Tim Molenaar

12

William Goodge

Charles Baffour

11

Nigel Baker

Mike Penn

10

Joseph Tarrant

Dave Brazier

9

Gavin Williams

Owen Hills

1

Brett Sturgess

Adam Caves

2

Aleki Lutui

James Elliot

3

Matthew Collins

George Oram

4

Paino Hehea

Aaron Crofts

5

Joshua Walker

Jacques Le Roux

6

Matthew Burke

Chris Brightwell

8

Maama Molitika

Jack Preece

7

Joseph Bercis

Replacements

 

 

Matt Probert

16

Reece Marshall

Jake Farnworth

17

Christopher Muncaster

Harry Hone

18

Karl Braband

Sam Pailor

19

Alexander Mitchell

George Grieve

20

Karim Lynch

 

The game as it happened

 

 

 

 

 

Pen Mike Penn

04

3-0

 

Try Owen Hills

07

8-0

 

Con Mike Penn

08

10-0

 

YC Jack Preece

18

10-5

 

 

18

10-5

Try Lutui

 

19

10-7

Con Tarrant

 

25

10-7

YC William Goodge

Try Chris Brightwell

27

15-7

 

 

41

15-7

Rep Braband for Burke

 

46

15-12

Try Molitika

 

47

15-14

Con Tarrent

Rep Matt Probert for Owen Hills

50

15-14

 

Rep Harry Hone for Jacques Le Roux

52

15-14

 

Rep Sam Pailor for Aaron Crofts

52

15-14

 

 

52

15-14

Rep Mitchell for Willaims

 

52

15-14

Rep Marshall for Collins

 

52

15-14

Rep Lynch for Goodge

Pen Mike Penn

60

18-14

 

YC Greg King

65

18-14

 

Rep Jake Farnworth for Adam Caves

66

18-14

 

 

    67

18-19

Try Bercis

 

68

18-21

Con Tarrant

 

72

18-26

Try Hehea

 

73

18-28

Con Tarrant

Rep George Grieve for Tim Molenaar

73

18-28

 

 

77

18-28

Rep Muncaster for Sturgess

 

79

18-33

Try Baker

 

80

18-35

Con Tarrant

 

Match Report

Ampthill's Tongan forward power ends Moseley's unbeaten home record

By Paul Smith – Birmingham Mail

Birmingham Moseley ended a turbulent week with a 35-18 defeat at the hands of National One rivals Ampthill.

Birmingham Moseley conceded 21 points in the closing 13 minutes as Ampthill ended their unbeaten home record with a 35-18 win.

The red-and-blacks had led by four points thanks to first half scores from Owen Hills and the outstanding Chris Brightwell, before their visitors’ pack seized control of the final quarter.

Ampthill claimed five tries in total, and this bonus point win takes them two places and five points ahead of Moseley, who now slip to fifth place in National One.

Moseley boss Kevin Maggs accepted the match turned in the closing stages which he put down to a number of factors.

“A bit of indiscipline cost us,” he said, “and also not playing last week which meant we were tired in the last 15 or 20 minutes. We also had two or three late injuries at training on Thursday, and the yellow card was the telling point.

“The boys who came in like Mike Penn, Matt Probert and Charles Baffour all did really well, and at times in the first half we played some lovely stuff with good tempo and were in control.

“But they obviously have a big, experienced front five, and it’s obviously disappointing to have lost our unbeaten home record.”

A penalty in front of the visitors’ posts gave stand-in kicker Penn a simple early three points after which Moseley’s bright start brought a sixth minute opening try.

Greg King released Jacques Le Roux, and when his carry forced Ampthill to concede a penalty, Leicester loan prop Owen Hills charged over from the resulting driving lineout.

Penn converted to extend the hosts’ advantage to ten points before the visitors’ forwards began to flex their muscles.

Their first driving lineout attempt cost Moseley flanker Jack Preece, who collapsed it, ten minutes in the sinbin, after which former Worcester legend Aleki Lutui was driven over for a score which Joe Tarrant converted.

Ampthill then lost centre Will Goodge to the sinbin and the red-and-blacks took immediate advantage by claiming an excellent second try. King cut a good angle through midfield, and when possession was quickly recycled talismanic No.8 Brightwell raced over from 15 metres for his sixth try of the season.

Ampthill should have reduced their deficit close to the break, but after No.8 Maama Molitika failed to exploit a huge overlap, their forwards then lost the ball forwards as they piled towards the home line.

This meant Moseley turned to play down the Billesley Common slope holding an eight-point advantage, which King’s sharp break would immediately have extended but for a last-gasp tap tackle.

The Bedfordshire-based visitors’ big pack continued to look dangerous, however, and although a lineout on the home 22 seemed to hold little danger, the visitors drove it 15 metres into midfield before their 40-year-old Tongan international Molitika raced over for a try which Tarrant upgraded.

With Moseley piling pressure on the home 22, a turnover allowed Sam Baker to escape and scuttle up the left touchline, but he was caught by the home side’s scramble defence on halfway.

ome neat handling from their front row soon released the former Stourbridge winger again. He made 30 metres before winning a penalty on the ground which Amptill kicked to the corner, but a good steal from newly-arrived replacement second row Sam Pailor defused the threat.

Moseley’s replacements brought a welcome infusion of energy, and a spell in Ampthill’s 22 eventually yielded a simple penalty for Penn, which extended the home side’s advantage to four points early in the final quarter.

A passage including three turnovers then ended with King desperately knocking down a pass to prevent the ball reaching a big Ampthill overlap. This earned Moseley’s skipper a yellow card, and as events proved also pulled the trigger on Moseley’s late collapse.

The visitors put the resulting penalty deep into home territory, from where former Moseley flanker Joe Bercis went over in support of a forward surge.

Tarrant’s third successful conversion gave his team the lead for the first time at 18-21, and worse followed for Moseley as their opponents made their numerical superiority to count to add the bonus point try.

Once again this came from a driving lineout, this time touched down by second row Paino Hehea, and again converted by Tarrant.

The visitors then set the seal on their seasonal double over the red-and-blacks with a fifth try from the final move of the game, touched down by Baker after some quick hands sent him to the corner, and converted by Tarrant’s superb touchline strike.