NEWBURY: Roberts; Rees, Ireland, James, Nutt (Gibson, 67);
Walsh (Ashwin, 74), Smaje (Bingham, 67); Faulkner, Dalgleish, Bruce
(Greenwood, 74), Hayter, Radbourne, Damudamu, Morgan, Brown.
MOSELEY: Thomas; Colvin, Binns, Cox
(Winter, 80), Aston; Hayes, Hunter (Knight, 67), Buxton, Bick (Caves 44),
Bayliss (Rodwell 71), Hadley (Evans, 44), Skelding (Daniell, 67), White
(Arnold, 44), Bignell, Rodwell (Coles, 65).
Referee: R Kitt (RFU).
Newbury 35 - 17(15 - 3)
Newbury: Tries: Hayter, Nutt 2, Rees
Pens: Walsh 3 Cons: Walsh 3
Moseley: Tries: Colvin, Aston
Pens: Thomas Cons: Thomas 2
Moseley slip back into trouble
By Andy Walker at Monks Lane for
Moseley’s National One status now hinges on ‘eight cup finals’ according to
head coach Ian Smith. The Billesley Common outfit will have time to reflect
on slipping back into the relegation zone, after Otley secured a 20-17 win
at Waterloo, with a weekend break before heading to Sedgley Park on February
17, where five points will be a must.
And Smith insists that Moseley’s destiny is in their own hands. “All our
games are massive,” he said. “We’ve got eight cup finals, that’s the way
we’ve got to play it.
“I think you can get wrapped up in the relegation worries. We can only
control our own performances, we certainly won’t rely on anyone else to help
us out.” Newbury were hungry to end their own blues as they came into this
clash off the back of a five-game losing streak in the league and that was
clear to see from the off as the hosts attempted to dictate the pace of the
After trailing 15-3 at the break, Moseley looked to have got themselves back
in the match with an early second-half try for winger Carl Colvin.
However, three bizarre replacements straight after, which saw Adam Caves,
Paul Arnold and Mark Evans arrive, failed to have the desired impact and it
took until stoppage time for Moseley to breach the whitewash again.
After dominating possession for the opening 20 min utes, Newbury opened the
scoring when their pack was forced over the line and skipper Gregor Hayter
emerged clutching the ball. Former Pertemps Bees fly half Tim Walsh
It took another 14 minutes for the home side to add to their tally when,
after a good phase of play, winger Martin Nutt ran in on the overlap in the
left-hand corner to score his first of two tries.
Australian Walsh devel oped a reputation during his time at Sharmans Cross
Road of being an inconsist ent kicker and it looked as though that form was
returning to haunt him.
Having earlier fluffed a relatively simple penalty attempt, he also failed
to convert Nutt’s try.
But Walsh made up for the gaffes with a penalty deep into stoppage time in
response to an earlier Ollie Thomas kick.
Moseley got the perfect start to the second half when Colvin, in for the
injured Nathan Bressington, crossed and Thomas converted.
However, Newbury were not prepared to let victory slip from their grasp and
went on to wrap up the bonus point, Walsh sending over two penalties to go
with a try from winger David Rees, who sailed through on the left flank for
a converted score and one from Nutt, the try of the match which came just
after the hour.
Moseley ended the scoring with a late James Aston try, converted by Thomas.