1st XV Match Report V Plymouth Albion (H) Sat 11/03/2017 

Attendance: 720                          Referee:    Neil Chivers       

Teams

Mike Penn

15

Daniel Powell

Drew Cheshire

14

Matthew Crosscombe

Afeafe Haisila-Lokotui

13

Sam Daly

Alex Grove

12

Michael Stupple

Ed Sheldon

11

Robin Wedlake-Millecam

James Williams

10

Harvey Skinner

Dave Brazier

9

Matthew Sheppard

Tom Fidler

1

Samuel Nixon

Adam Caves

2

Rupert Freestone

James Elliot

3

Daniel Pullinger-Ham

George Oram

4

Nile Dacres

Aaron Crofts

5

Samuel Holmes

Tom Wilson

6

Rupert Cooper

Chris Brightwell

8

Daniel Williams

Jack Preece

7

George Mills

Replacements

 

 

James Burgoyne

16

Daniel Collier

Jake Farnworth

17

William Norton

Will Crane

18

James Salter

Harry Hone

19

Thomas Cowen-Dickie

Mark Harrison

20

Dean Squire

 

The game as it happened

 

 

 

 

 

 

04

0-5

Try Williams

 

06

0-10

Try Crosscombe

 

07

0-12

Con Shepherd

 

10

0-17

Try Wedlake-Millecam

 

11

0-19

Con Shepherd

YC James Williams

14

0-19

 

 

21

0-24

Try Stupple

 

22

0-26

Con Shepherd

 

42

5-26

YC Williams

Try Ed Sheldon

49

5-26

 

Con James Williams

50

7-26

 

Rep James Burgoyne for James Elliot

52

7-26

 

Rep Harry Hone for Tom Wilson

52

7-26

 

 

52

7-31

Try Pullinger-Ham

 

53

7-33

Con Shepherd

 

54

7-33

Rep Norton for Nixon

Try Chris Brightwell

54

12-33

 

Con James Williams

55

14-33

 

 

62

14-38

Try Wedlake Millecam

 

63

14-40

Con Shepherd

Rep Mark Harrison for Afeafe Haisila

63

14-40

 

Rep Will Crane for Adam Caves

63

14-40

 

 

68

14-40

YC Stupple

Try Alex Grove

71

19-40

 

Con James Williams

72

21-40

 

 

72

21-40

Rep Salter for Freestone

 

72

21-40

Rep Collier for Dacres

Try Ed Sheldon

74

26-40

 

YC Jack Preece

78

26-40

 

 

78

26-45

Penalty Try

 

79

26-47

Con Shepherd

 

 

 

 

 

Match Report

Mose come out of Shel but pay for slow start

By Paul Smith – Birmingham Mail

Birmingham Moseley were left to reflect on what might have been after slipping to a home defeat at the hands of Plymouth.

After 20 minutes, the 720 in attendance could have been forgiven for thinking the players had swapped sides before kick-off, such was the one-sided nature of the contest.

It seemed Moseley, rather than Plymouth, had suffered the negative effects of an early start and a four-hour M5 slog, since by this point the team wearing red and black had already conceded four tries to trail by 26 points.

Thankfully, Kevin Maggs’ team then bucked their ideas up enough to ensure the second quarter remained scoreless.

And sparked by an Ed Sheldon brace, the hosts went on to ‘win’ the second period 26-21, and in the process claim a try bonus point.

However, this was not enough to ever seriously threaten the visitors’ grasp on the match, as Maggs, who leaves Moseley at the end of the season due to financial cuts, reflected afterwards.

“We missed far too many tackles in the first half and didn’t look after the ball and they made us pay,’’ he said.

“We gave them a 19-0 head start and all credit to them as they started really well. That early lead ended up being the difference, as we won the second half.

“But we’ve got to back that up with defence, which we didn’t do in the opening period, and that’s cost us the game. We’ve prepped well in training and the warm-up and everything else was fine, but we started very slowly.

“They are a confident side, but despite being full-time, they didn’t play the better rugby throughout, and we scored a couple of outstanding tries in the second half.

“We’ve got some fantastic players, including Ed Sheldon who is just brilliant, and it will be very sad for me not to be working with them next year.”

Plymouth got off the mark in the third minute through former Moseley favourite Dan Williams, before wingers Matt Crosscombe and Rob Wedlake finished off a long-distance try apiece.

After Moseley lost James Williams to the sin-bin, Herbie Stupple then grabbed Albion’s bonus-point score, which along with three Matt Shepherd conversions, put them 26 points to the good.

After 20 scoreless minutes, Mose took advantage of Plymouth’s Dan Williams seeing yellow to send Sheldon over for his first score soon after the restart.

Chris Brightwell then added their second try but this came either side of a fine score for Albion prop Dan Pullinger and Wedlake’s second touchdown of the afternoon.

Stupple’s spell in the sin-bin saw home centre Alex Grove go over, before Sheldon’s second strike, which came via a brilliant long-distance, classic in-out winger’s finish, banked Moseley’s consolatory bonus point.

But Albion had the last word through a penalty try awarded when Jack Preece collapsed a driving lineout, for which the flanker also earned the afternoon’s fourth yellow card.