1st XV Match Report V Macclesfield (H) Sat 25/03/2017 

Attendance: 885                          Referee:    Jamie Leahy      

Teams

Mike Penn

15

Timothy Jeffers

Drew Cheshire

14

Myles Hall

Afeafe Haisila

13

Elliot Brierley

Alex Grove

12

Lewis Barker

Ed Sheldon

11

Matthew King

James Williams

10

Thomas Eaton

Dave Brazier

9

Jordan Brookes

Tom Fidler

1

Thomas Mantell

Adam Caves

2

Samuel Moss

James Elliot

3

William Robinson

George Oram

4

Oliver Parkinson

Aaron Crofts

5

Francis Barker

Tom Wilson

6

Nyle Davidson

Chris Brightwell

8

Ryan Parkinson

Jack Preece

7

Liam Parfitt

Replacements

 

 

James Burgoyne

16

Curtis Langdon

Jacob Farnworth

17

Elliott Miller-Miles

Harry Hone

18

David Marwick

Will Crane

19

Michael Finnemore

Mark Harrison

20

Nick Allsop

 

The game as it happened

 

 

02

0-5

Try Francis Barker

 

03

0-7

Con Lewis Barker

Try Chris Brightwell

21

5-7

 

Con James Williams

22

7-7

 

Try Ed Sheldon

27

12-7

 

Con James Williams

28

14-7

 

Try Afeafe Haisila

37

19-7

 

Con James Williams

38

21-7

 

 

41

21-7

Rep Miller-Mills for Robinson

 

49

21-7

Rep Langdon for Moss

 

49

21-7

Rep Marwick for F Barker

Rep Mark Harrison for Alex Grove

51

21-7

 

 

54

21-12

Try Jeffers

Rep James Burgoyne for James Elliot

55

21-12

 

Rep Will Crane for Adam Caves

57

21-12

 

Rep Harry Hone for Tom Wilson

57

21-12

 

 

62

21-17

Try Parkinson

 

63

21-19

Con Barker

Rep Jake Farnworth for James Williams

64

21-19

 

Try Afeafe Haisila

67

26-19

 

Con Mike Penn

68

28-19

 

 

68

28-19

Rep Finnemore for Davidson

Rep James Elliot for Tom Fidler

69

28-19

 

 

72

28-19

Rep Allsop for Jeffers

 

76

28-24

Try Hall

 

Match Report

Haisila's double delight helps Mose scrape win

By Ben Goddard – Birmingham Mail 

Birmingham Moseley were found wanting in defence but scraped to victory against basement side Macclesfield.

The Blues, who had only won once in 14 matches, ran over four tries and were only beaten due to two missed conversions.

Fly-half James Williams slotted home three conversions for Mose in windy conditions, while 19-year-old Worcester Warriors’ academy player Afeafe Haisila scored a brace of tries.

“Fair play to Macclesfield, they held the ball for quite a lot and had a lot of possession,” said Williams. “It was a strange game as we didn’t play well at all but managed to scrape five points. Luckily all my conversions were with the wind.”

After starting slowly in their 47-26 defeat to Plymouth Albion two weeks ago, Kevin Maggs’ side were slow out of the blocks again and went behind in the second minute when a rolling maul allowed Francis Barker to go over.

Moseley looked second best until the 21st minute when No.8 Chris Brightwell used his pace to run at the backs before jinking under the posts.

Maggs’ side took the lead five minutes later through speed merchant Ed Sheldon, who tore through a small gap after a quickly-taken penalty.

Haisila increased the hosts’ lead to 21-7 at half-time with his first try for the club, standing strong under two late tackles before reaching over the line.

Moseley switched off in the second half allowing the Blues back into the tie and they broke the hosts’ defence on 52 minutes when Tim Jeffers went over for an unconverted score.

The visitors were back to 21-19 with 17 minutes remaining when a missed tackle out wide allowed Oliver Parkinson through for his side’s third try.

With the game in the balance Haisila picked up a loose ball in the middle, kicking it under the posts and chasing over to touch down and secure the victory, despite a late Myles Hall bonus-point try for the visitors.

Maggs has four games left as director of rugby at Moseley, ending a seven-season reign before Richard Protherough takes on the role.

“I’ve had a great time at the club and met some fantastic people, it’s clearly a big part of my life and bitterly disappointing to be leaving in this way,” he said.