1st XV Match Report V Darlington Mowden Park (H) Sat 18/02/2017 

Attendance: 678                          Referee:    Anthony Woodthorpe  

Teams

Mike Penn

15

Joshua Bragman

Drew Cheshire

14

Joel Gill

Alex Grove

13

Benjamin Frankland

Greg King

12

Christopher Auld

Ed Sheldon

11

Adam Radwan

James Williams

10

Gerry Law

Dave Brazier

9

Timothy Duchesne

Owen Hills

1

Ralph Appleby

Jake Farnworth

2

James Penman

James Elliot

3

Darren Fearn

George Oram

4

Jack Payne

Aaron Crofts

5

Joe Craggs

Jacques Le Roux

6

Matthew Heaton

Chris Brightwell

8

Brandon Staples

Jack Preece

7

Luca Petillo

Replacements

 

 

Tom Fidler

16

Shaun McCartney

Will Crane

17

James Fitzpatrick

Sam Pailor

18

Simon Uzokwe

Afeafe Haisila-Lokotui

19

Joshua Williams

Mark Harrison

20

Callum MacKenzie

 

The game as it happened

 

Try James Williams

03

5-0

 

Con James Williams

04

7-0

 

Try Ed Sheldon

07

12-0

 

Con James Williams

08

14-0

 

Rep Afeafe Haisila-Lokotui for Greg King

24

14-0

 

 

38

14-0

Rep Uzokwe for Staples

Rep Wil Crane for Jake Farnworth

49

14-0

 

Rep Tom Fidler for James Elliot

49

14-0

 

Try James Williams

50

19-0

 

 

54

19-5

Try Radwan

 

55

19-7

Con Bragman

Rep Sam Pailor for Jacques Le Roux

55

19-7

 

 

56

19-7

Rep MacKenzie for Petillo

Rep Mark Harrison for Mike Penn

59

19-7

 

 

63

19-7

Rep Williams for Fearn

 

64

19-7

Rep McCartney for Gill

 

64

19-7

Rep Fitzpatricx for Bragman

YC Jack Preece

69

19-7

 

 

69

19-12

Try Payne

 

70

19-14

Con Law

 

77

19-19

Try Fitzpatrik

 

78

19-21

Con Law

 

Match Report

Late try-double sentences Moseley to Darlington Mowden Park defeat

By Paul Smith – Birmingham Mail

 

Despite a virtuoso display from young fly half James Williams, Moseley slipped to a late 21-19 defeat at the hands of resurgent Darlington Mowden Park.

The 20-year-old No.10 scored two outstanding long-distance tries, and kicked two conversions as well as being a constant threat with ball in hand.

However, his team’s setpiece was under pressure throughout, and the concession of a number of scrum penalties, plus the loss of six lineouts, ultimately proved fatal for home hopes.

Moseley led 19-0 with 30 minutes remaining, but the visitors dominated the final quarter, and after Jack Payne’s 71st minute try gave them hope, Garry Law’s conversion of replacement James Fitzpatricks’s score four minutes from time sealed the points for Park.

Agitated home director of rugby Kevin Maggs viewed the defeat as being a case of missed opportunities.

“I’m obviously disappointed because we’ve killed ourselves,” he said. “We had four or five clear chances but we lost six lineouts and although we had plenty of possession we didn’t look after it.

“James Williams was outstanding today, nobody gets every kick, and the one he missed was just one of those things. We’re obviously very disappointed, and it feels like we’ve been mugged at the moment as I felt we were in control right up until the yellow card.”

Moseley opened the scoring in the second minute following a comedy of errors at a lineout.

The hosts threw nowhere near the intended recipient, but having been gifted possession, Mowden Park promptly spilled the ball forward to Williams who raced 50 metres to the line before adding a good conversion.

The visitors’ generosity continued as they gifted Moseley a second seven-pointer before the ten minute mark. This time the grateful recipient was flying winger Ed Sheldon, who snapped up a dropped pass on halfway, broke four tackles and cruised to the posts.

Williams converted, before the visitors’ first threatening attack nearly yielded a response for winger Joel Gill, who was held a metre out by Mike Penn following some slick handling.

Yet another Darlington turnover nearly yielded a third home try, but having hacked a dropped pass 50 metres down the slope, Williams spilled the ball forwards in the act of grounding.

An open first quarter saw nice breaks by Park’s Law and Gill cancelled out by another two threatening home counter-attacks, the second of which saw a try ruled out for a forward pass following Chris Brightwell’s line-break.

The visitors’ scrum looked ominously powerful, but repeated errors with ball in hand prevented them from making progress on the scoreboard. By contrast, the quicksilver Sheldon threatened every time he had the ball, and another kick-and-chase was only denied by a last-gasp sliding interception from Park full back Josh Bragman.

This left the hosts turning to play up the slope defending a 14 point lead, which Park missed the chance to cut early in the second period when they opted to put a very kickable penalty into the corner, only to lose the ensuing lineout.

Moseley then extended their advantage with Williams’ second try, which again had its origins deep in their own half. The young fly half made the initial break from off-the-top lineout ball, after which he exchanged passes with the supporting Penn before outpacing the cover on a diagonal race to the corner.

This sparked the visitors into life, and after Moseley failed to recover the kick off, they kept possession through multiple phases before scrum half Tim Duchesne’s long pass eventually left winger Radwan with the simplest of finishes.

Bragman added a superb touchline conversion, after which Moseley spent a lengthy period camped in the visitors’ 22. Crucially, they twice declined kickable penalties, which would have taken their lead back beyond two scores, only to turn possession over at resulting lineouts, then Brazier’s quick tap-and-go was also denied.

The siege on Park’s line was finally lifted by a powerful 30 metre break from replacement No.8 Simon Uzokwe, and a number of phases later, with the visitors camped under Moseley’s posts, flanker Jack Preece was sin-binned for illegally slowing the ball on the ground.

Sensing opportunity, Park tapped the resulting penalty, and second row forward Payne barged his way over from close range for a try which Law upgraded.

Williams then missed a 35 metre penalty, and Moseley were immediately made to pay when Darlington claimed a third try through replacement Fitzpatrick, who cut an excellent line following some slick handling.

Law’s conversion gave Park the lead for the first time, and despite their hosts throwing caution to the wind in the closing stages, that was how it stayed.