1st XV Match Report V Nottingham (Home) Sat 07/04/2007 

Match Report

Moseley 38 Nottingham 32 - April 7th 2007

MOSELEY:Thomas; Bressington, Binns, Reay, Winter; Hayes, Knight; Buxton, Caves, Moran (Bayliss 57), Arnold, Stott, Mason, Bignell (Lightowler 75), Rodwell (Hunter 79). Replacements not used: Coles, Bick, Skelding, Macdonald

NOTTINGHAM: Nirmalandran; Savage (Thompson 40), Dodge, Molenaar, Jackson (Kay 48); Barlow, Springall (Sten-house 58); Parr (Hopkins 31), Duffey (Loney 48 (Duffey 68)), Hall, Raven (Morley 48), Rouse, Stannard, Sherriff, Montagu (Wilkes 65)

Referee: Mr T Wigglesworth (RFU)

Moseley (22) 38
Tries:Binns, Rodwell, Thomas 2
Pens:Thomas 4
Cons:Thomas 3

Nottingham (11) 32
Tries:Molenaar, Sherriff, Duffey, Nirmalendran
Pens:Barlow 2
Cons:Barlow 3

'Moseley ease their relegation fears'

By Keith Bracey

On a bright windless day perfect for running rugby, Moseley gave themselves a great chance of avoiding relegation (as Otley lost at home to Leeds Tykes 40-12 - confirming Leeds return to the Premiership) with a breathless 38-32 win over mid-table Nottingham.

Following Moseley's thrashing by Nottingham earlier in the season, home fans must have feared the worst as Moseley went 5 nil down after 5 minutes with a try by Nottingham in the scoreboard corner.

This unconverted score score was improved soon after by a Nottingham penalty straight on to the posts from midway between the 22 and 10 metre lines.

Moseley then stirred themselves into action with good distribution from Tommy Hayes finding Nathan Bressington in space, who, with the confidence which had been lacking earlier in the season, took on his man, beat him on the outside and slipped the ball inside for Andy Binns to score halfway out on the right.

Ollie Thomas missed the conversion, one of only 2 misses out of 9 attempts in an almost perfect afternoon for the talented young fullback.

Bressington doubled his tally to add to a James Rodwell effort which gave the hosts a 22-11 half-time advantage.

Bressington continued in the same vein in the second-half, setting up Binns again for another score.

By now Tommy Hayes was orchestrating a rampant Moseley back-line and ushered Ollie Thomas in for a converted score under the posts which made the score 29-11,giving Moseley a try bonus point, which could prove crucial.

Thomas then put himself in the Moseley record books with 3 penalties for a match tally of 28 points, improving Simon Hodgkinson's previous best of 27 points set in 1995.

Moseley needed to close out the game by running down the clock, however they failed to do this as Nottingham scored 2 tries in the last 10 minutes through livewire full-back Rohan Nirmalendran and hooker Joe Duffey leaving a full-time score of 38-32 with Nottingham securing 2 losing bonus points.

Moseley showed that their policy of developing their own players is bearing fruit with the hard yards gained by unsung hero Neil Mason building the platform for Ollie Thomas to put in his virtuoso display.

If Moseley can hold on to these 2 talented young players, and develop more of their ilk through their youth system the future is bright for the club, with the young players, who can only have benefited from such a tough baptism in National League One.


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