1st XV Match Report V Darlington Mowden (H) Sat 23/09/2017 

Referee: James Clarke                        Gate: 714

 

Teams

 

Mike Penn

15

Grant Connor

Sam Pointon

14

Shaun McCartney

Tim Molenaar

13

Ben Frankland

Ollie Allsopp

12

Chris Auld

Joshua Jarvis

11

Callum Mackenzie

James Dixon

10

Warren Seals

Sam Brown

9

Matthew Dudman

Joe Wrafter

1

Ralph Appleby

Adam Caves

2

Christopher Wood

James Tideswell

3

Darren Fearn

Buster Lawrence

4

Jacob Brady

Lewis Bean

5

Joe Craggs

Laurence Cowen

6

David Fisher

Chris Brightwell

8

Oliver Hodgson

Josh Poole

7

Matthew Heaton

Replacements

 

 

Ryan Roach

16

Alfie Barron

Jay Tyack

17

Daniel Preston-Routledge

Aaron Crofts

18

Talite Vaioleti

Rob Lewis

19

Simon Uzokwe

Sam Hollingsworth

20

Garry Law

 

The game as it happened

 

Pen James Dixon

02

3-0

 

Rep Ryan Roach for Adam Caves

11

3-0

 

Try Chris Brightwell

14

8-0

 

 

17

8-3

Pen Seals

Pen James Dixon

31

11-3

 

 

35

11-3

Rep Uzokwe for Heaton

 

36

11-3

Rep Vaioleti for Brady

Pen James Dixon

39

14-3

 

Pen James Dixon

43

17-3

 

 

46

17-8

Try Connon

 

47

17-10

Con Seals

 

48

17-10

Rep Barron for Fearn

Rep Jay Tyack for James Tideswell

48

17-10

 

 

53

17-15

Try Uzokwe

 

54

17-17

Con Seals

Rep Rob Lewis for Tim Molenaar

54

17-17

 

 

56

17-22

Try Fisher

 

57

17-24

Con Seals

Rep Sam Hollingsworth for Mike Penn

57

17-24

 

Rep Aaron Crofts for Josh Poole

57

17-24

 

 

65

17-24

Rep Heaton for Fisher

 

65

17-24

Rep Preston Routledge for Craggs

 

67

17-24

Rep Law for Seals

 

74

17-29

Try McCartney

 

75

17-31

Con Law

Rep James Tideswell for Joe Wrafter

76

17-31

 

Rep Josh Poole for James Dixon

77

17-31

 

 

80

17-31

Rep Fearn for Wood

 

80

17-31

Rep Brady for Heaton

 

 

 

 

 

 

Match Report

Mose see first half lead slip as injuries stack up

By David Lawrence – Birmingham Mail

Birmingham Moseley stalwart Adam Caves lasted just 12 minutes of his side’s defeat at the hands of league leaders Darlington Mowden Park.

The 35-year-old veteran of nearly 350 games bounced back to his feet after a crunching tackle pole-axed him just inside his own half but the medics saw sense and led him off to be replaced by summer signing Ryan Roach.

After being given the all clear, he returned to the sidelines to see his side suffer a second half nightmare as their North East visitors ran in four unanswered tries to secure a convincing victory.

I hit the canvas and don’t remember too much else,” Caves explained. “I did come out after seeing the doctor and saw us unravel a little in the second half.

“We were in control but fell off a few tackles and our line-outs went to pot a little so there’s plenty to work on ahead of next week.

“We had highlighted the fact that their 9 and 10 were dangerous and I thought we had them under control in the first half but the wheels fell off a little bit and it’s frustrating because it was more so a game we gave up rather than a game we lost.”

A Darlington victory looked a long way off at the end of a first half which the hosts controlled throughout. Three James Dixon penalties and a try from back row Chris Brightwell steered them into a 14-3 interval lead, Warren Seals kicking a penalty for the visitors.

Excellent defence and some inch-perfect kicking ensured the Red and Blacks were in control and another Dixon penalty at the start of the second period further strengthened their hold on the game.

But as the injuries mounted – Tim Molenaar, Mike Penn and Dixon all had to be replaced – errors started creeping in and the visitors began to take control.

Grant Connon went over in the corner six minutes into the half and then two tries in four minutes from Simon Uzokwe and David Fisher, all of which were converted by Seals, swung the game in Darlington’s favour. A late score from Shaun McCartney, converted by Garry Law, capped a miserable second half showing for Moseley.

“The players believe we just need that lightbulb moment when we will all suddenly click and take off,” Caves added. “Coventry and Darlington have found that light bulb moment already and as soon as we find ours then we’ll be fine.”