Pertemps Bees: Goodridge; Knight,
Davies T, Martin, Nuthall; Davies B (Higgins 46), Spee (Petty 72); Fowkes,
Pearl (Miles 60), Long (Lewis 15, Lynch 70), Davidson (Gabey 62), Cornwell,
Tuohy (Miller 44), Qera, Halavatau.
Moseley: Thomas; Bressington, Binns, Buckley, Aston; Hayes, Hunter
(Knight 68); Buxton (Coles 79), Bick (Caves 65), Moran (Bayliss 69), Hadley
( Arnold 69), Skelding, Mason, Bignell, Rodwell (Evans 35). Replacement not
SCORERS: Bees – tries: D. Knight (2), Martin, Helavatau, Petty; conversions:
B Davies (2), Higgins (2); penalty – Higgins.
Moseley – tries: Rodwell, Binns, Hayes; conversions: Thomas (2); penalties –
SLIP-UPS ADD TO MOSE WOE
Bees take advantage of sloppy defence
A KNIGHT-MARE defensive performance saw Moseley sink deeper into the
National One relegation mire and extended their winless run in Birmingham
derbies to eight matches.
Howlers from full-back Ollie Thomas and wing Nathan Bressington allowed Bees
to score three first-half tries – two by Dave Knight and a third by Simon
Martin – and build a comfortable 11-point advantage.
There seemed little between the sides when in the eighth minute Bressington
fielded an innocuous kick by Brad Davies.
The former Bees player released a wild pass in front of Thomas that caused
mayhem in the Mose defence.
Akapusi Qera recovered possession, fed Tristan Davies who gave Knight the
easiest of run ins. Brad Davies kicked the first of his two conversions.
The hosts weren’t beyond making errors either. Four minutes later they were
trying to nudge away from their 22 when a loose pass was snaffled by James
Rodwell to bring his side back into the game despite Thomas’ missed extras.
The young threequarter made amends just before the midway point in the
period, though, when he kicked the penalty won when Neil Mason drew Bees
That put Ian Smith’s men into an 8-7 lead but they were behind once again on
the half hour when Brad Davies punted to the right wing where Goodridge and
Knight closed on James Aston.
It was Goodridge who took the ball and gave Knight another simple run in.
Davies’ goal made it 14-8.
That became 19-8 a minute into added time when the fly half boomed an up and
under into Moseley territory.
Simon Martin took on the charge. The centre just beat Aston to the try line.
Thomas pegged the hosts back once more when, nine minutes into injury time,
he made Dan Tuohy pay for punching Mason with his second penalty which made
it 19-11 at the break.
Bees secured the try bonus a quarter of an hour after the restart when they
picked and drove from a five metre scrum. Though Leo Helavatau was held
short on his first charge he popped back up again seconds later to touch
down near the posts.
Jon Higgins had replaced the hamstrung Davies and he accepted an easy two
Ten minutes after that the visitors gave themselves hope of a loss bonus
when Andy Binns picked up Tommy Hayes’ pass on the bounce and skirted round
the outside to score in the corner. Thomas improved for 26-18.
A penalty from Higgins with ten minutes to go kept the scoreboard ticking
and Bees made the game safe soon after when Goodridge put a grubber kick
through for Rod Petty to retrieve. Higgins made it 36-18.
Moseley managed a consolation in the final minute when Nick Buckley gave
Hayes the simple task of nipping down the sideline to dot down by the flag.
Once more Thomas converted but his earlier misdemeanours cost his side