1st XV Match Report V Rotherham (Home) Sat 20/10/2007 

Match Report

Moseley  15 Rotherham Titans 31 - October 20th 2007

MOSELEY: Winter, Bressington (Norton, 49), Adams, Cox, Foster, Jones (MacDonald, 60), Taylor (Ireland, 65), Williams (Buxton, 65) Caves (McMillan, 65), Forster (Bayliss, 53), Atkinson, Stott, Evans, Bignall (Uzoigwe,69), Lightowler.

ROTHERHAM TITANS: Blackwood, Feeley, Lawson, Connolly (Allen, 67), Grissing, Whitehead (Nolan, 72), Hallam (Chivers, 60), Corsar (Walsh, 64), Conroy (Sutton, 69), Boulton (O'Donnoll), Waterhouse, McGowan, Dunlop, Cochrane, McComish. Replacement: O'Connor.

SCORERS: Moseley tries: Cox, Norton; penalty: Jones; conversion: Jones. Rotherham tries: McGowan (2), Corsar, Connolly, Grissing; conversions: Blackwood (3).
Moseley muscled out of it by Titans
Sunday Mercury

A POOR start to the second half saw the game slip away from Moseley as they lost a contest which was more keenly contested than the final scoreline suggests.

With the game in the balance at 7-3 at the break, Moseley conceded two tries in the next ten minutes and were always playing catch up from then on.

First came two minutes in when Rotherham's Nigel Conroy charged his way to within touching distance of the line and popped the ball back for Stuart Corsar to dive in under the posts.

Jamie Blackwood converted to take the Titans 14-3 ahead and it was followed by another converted try on 49 minutes when Moseley were made to pay for a missed tackle on Mark Lawson, who had a simple pass to put Rob Connolly in under the posts.

Moseley launched a brief fight back on 53 minutes when an attempted clearance from Rotherham's Mike Whitehead was charged down and Richie Bignall collected and set up Paul Cox to dive in at the corner.

But it was short lived as Rotherham continued to apply the pressure, and it eventually told on the hour mark when Stephen Grissing ran in to score.

Despite the constant pressure Moseley's discipline had been impeccable but one lapse by replacement Neil Bayliss allowed Whitehead to kick Rotherham into the corner and a catch and drive led to Louis McGowan forcing his way over for an unconverted try.

There was something for Moseley fans to cheer, though, as with three minutes remaining they scored the try of the game.

Qualities A high crossfield kick from fly half Greg Macdonald, which had Johnny Wilkinson-like qualities, was well caught by Dan Norton who dived over for an unconverted try.

It was a disappointing end for Moseley who, after the first half, looked more than capable of taking the scalp of the full-time visiting professionals.

Moseley were first on the board after eight minutes after indiscipline at the breakdown from Rotherham presented Matt Jones with a penalty virtually in front of the posts.

Rotherham had the majority of the possession and territory and while they looked after the ball well their game plan lacked invention and they looked content to kick for the corner and use their big forwards. Their try, though, came when they recycled the ball, were patient and steadily gained yards. Alex Dunlop looked to have broken through with a charge towards the Moseley line and, although the home side recovered, from the following line out they were unable to stop McGowan from charging through to score and Blackwood added the two points. Moseley had their chances but Jack Adams' pass went astray when he had a man in support, and then on the stroke of half time Moseley launched an attack which eventually made its way to Cox on the opposite wing but he was adjudged to have gone into touch before he got the ball down.

Error-prone Moseley can take heart
- Birmingham Post


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