1st XV Match Preview V Caldy (H) Sat 25/11/2017 

by Glyn Barlow

This Saturday Birmingham Moseley look to extend their unbeaten run to 4 games, a feat not achieved since 5th November of last year, when they host Caldy for the first time at the Common.

Founded in 1924 the Cheshire club won promotion to National One last season, their highest ever league standing, by being outright winners of National Two North, winning 27 of their 30 games and amassing over 1,000 points scored, picking up 21 try bonus points along the way. During the promotion season wing Nick Royle led the way with 30 tries while Jack Lavin picked up 378 points. Royle has stayed with Caldy this season while England Counties fly half/centre Lavin moved to Esher, unfortunately incurring a broken neck in pre-season training. Thankfully Lavin is looking to make a full recovery.

As part of their preparation for life at a higher level Caldy have brought in Fylde second row Nick Grey, back row Nyle Davidson from Macclesfield, scrum half Chris Pilgrim from Yorkshire Carnegie, fly Half Mark Dixon from Loughborough Students and Joe Doyle a centre from London Scottish. A familiar face to for Birmingham Moseley supporters is fly half Richard Vasey who made 27 appearances in red and black during the 2008/9 season scoring 148 points, including being a travelling reserve for the club’s EDF cup win at Twickenham.

The visitors arrive here off the back of a narrow 27-26 win over Hull Ionians, following a series of very tough fixtures which sees the team having to go back to the 16th September for their previous victory against Loughborough Students 26-31. Their only other success this season came the previous weekend against Fylde 37-19.

Along the way the team have suffered heavy reversals against Bishop’s Stortford 49-26, Plymouth Albion 17-34, Ampthill 22-39 and Coventry 38-14 to leave them currently in twelfth place on 22 league points. While the team has been relatively successful in scoring points, having amassed just 11 less than Birmingham Moseley, their 342 against is currently the fourth highest in the league.

For Birmingham Moseley there will be a need to hit the ground running, having enjoyed a well-earned weekend off following a hard fought win at Cambridge. A real plus point from the encounter will be the defensive performance that held back sustained Cambridge pressure. The team will be frustrated to have let slip an 80th minute try, in what was otherwise an exemplary defensive effort.

In order to keep the momentum of upward league progression going this is a game Birmingham Moseley must win by giving 100% effort and concentration. Now is the time to banish the poor home performances of recent months and start to give the faithful Billesley home crowd something to cheer about.