1st XV Match Report V Blaydon (A) Sat 25/02/2017 

Attendance: 210                          Referee:    Calum Howard   

Teams

James Cooney

15

Ed Sheldon

Joe Smith

14

Mark Harrison

Thomas Bramwell

13

Alex Grove

Thomas Small

12

Drew Cheshire

Daniel Marshall

11

Charles Baffour

Brett Connon

10

Mike Penn

Nathan Horsfall

9

Dave Brazier

Robert Kalbraier

1

Tom Fidler

Matthew Thompson

2

Adam Caves

Andrew Foster

3

James Elliot

Christopher Wearmouth

4

Sam Pailor

Andrew Davidson

5

Aaron Crofts

Andrew Archibald

6

Harry Hone

Jason Smithson

8

Jacques Le Roux

Jack Davidson

7

Tom Wilson

Replacements

 

 

Cameron Bell

16

James Burgoyne

Trevor Davison

17

Jake Farnworth

Keith Laughlin

18

Will Crane

Maxwell Connon

19

Gareth Jones

Ryan Foreman

20

Alex Dewhurst

 

The game as it happened

 

Try Smithson

18

5-0

 

Con Connon

19

7-0

 

 

23

7-5

Try Adam Caves

 

27

12-5

YC Charles Baffour

 

42

12-5

Rep Jake Farnworth for Harry Hone

Try Marshall

43

12-5

 

 

45

12-5

Rep Alex Dewhurst for Charles Baffour

 

53

12-10

Try Ed Sheldon

 

54

12-12

Con Mike Penn

Rep Davidson for Foster

55

12-12

 

Rep Laughlin for Archibald

61

12-12

 

 

61

12-12

Rep Will Crane for Adam Caves

Pen Connon

64

15-12

 

Rep Foreman for Cooney

68

15-12

 

Rep Connoc for Horsfell

68

15-12

 

 

69

15-12

Rep James Burgoyne for Tom Fidler

Try Marshall

71

20-12

 

 

73

20-12

Rep Gareth Jones for Ed Sheldon

Rep Bell for Thompson

73

20-12

 

Try Smith

75

25-12

 

 

Match Report

Grove admits: We've let ourselves and club down

By Ciaran Thomas – Birmingham Mail

After Birmingham Moseley fell to a second consecutive defeat, 25-12 to struggling Blaydon in the North East, centre Alex Grove admitted the players had let themselves and the club down.

Moseley were without four senior players on England Counties duty but Grove refused to use that as an excuse after they were second best against a side battling against the drop.

Tries from Adam Caves and Ed Sheldon saw the game level at 12-12 going into the final quarter, but the hosts claimed two further tries to take a bonus-point win.

“We had a squad we firmly believed could travel up and put a performance in and win the game,” Grove said. “We haven’t done that because we’ve underperformed, we’ve made too many mistakes and we’ve let ourselves down.

“We made mistakes in the wrong areas and Blaydon punished us with a couple of tries from our own turnovers and then we were chasing the game.

“The group of 20 players up here have let the side down, we’re certainly not looking further than the team that represented the club today as it was unacceptable.”

The opening quarter was a scrappy, error-strewn affair, as neither side could gain a foothold, until the hosts broke the shackles with the opening try through Jason Smithson.

Moseley soon hit back as Grove’s clever grubber kick earned a line-out deep in the 22, and although the first drive was held up, the second saw hooker Caves get the ball down.

Michael Penn’s missed conversion saw Blaydon retain a slender lead and despite having Charles Baffour-Awauh sin-binned for a deliberate knock-on, when he returned Moseley ended the half strongly, but the hosts’ defence held out to go in 7-5 ahead.

Blaydon missed an early penalty after the interval but soon extended their advantage, winning the turnover near halfway, Dan Marshall racing down the right wing to score.

As with the opening try, Moseley found a response, again the driving maul laid the foundation, before spreading wide for Sheldon to cruise over on the overlap, Penn’s conversion levelling the scores.

A penalty gave the hosts the chance to edge back in front and, as the game entered the final ten minutes, Marshall claimed the decisive try, bursting through Sheldon’s last-ditch tackle.

This time there would be no way back and Blaydon claimed a bonus point as Joe Smith crossed in the opposite corner, leaving Moseley to make the long trip home empty-handed.