1st XV Match Report V Bedford Blues (Away) Sat 10/11/2007 

Match Report

Bedford 62 Moseley 17 - November 10th 2007

Bedford: Marco Cecere (Matt Volland 68), Dan Richmond (Greg Sammons 64), Dan Cole, Mouritz Botha, Arthur Brenton (Jon Phillips 66), Nic Strauss, Sacha Harding (Ben Pienaar 68), Rory McKay, Karl Dickson (Matt Allen 74), Ben Patston, Alex Page, Tom Youngs (John Elrick 75), Liam Roberts, Craig Moir (Brendan Burke 68), James Pritchard.

Tries: Dickson (3), Roberts (2), Richmond, Strauss, Youngs, Page and Elrick
Con: Pritchard (5), Patston.

Moseley: Terry Sigley (Nathan Williams 62), Ross McMillan (Craig Lea 72), Jack Forster, Oliver Atkinson, Richard Stott (Paul Arnold 63), Neil Mason, Richard Bignell (Adrian Lightowler 47), Mark Evans, James Ireland, Greg MacDonald (Matt Jones 41), Dan Norton, Paul Cox (Nathan Bressington 63), Jack Adams, Charles Sharples, Oliver Winter.

Tries: Norton, Ireland
Cons: MacDonald (2)
Pens: MacDonald

Attendance: 2,217

Referee: Greg Garner
Touch Judges: Darren Gamage and Rob Sawyer

Moseley suffer a ten-try mauling - Sunday Mercury

Head coach Ian Smith faces a tough week lifting his troops after Moseley suffered a ten-try mauling at Goldington Road.

While the visitors matched their hosts for much of the opening half, the second period was one-way traffic with the home side cruising home at a canter.

It was Moseley who notched the first points of the game when Greg MacDonald slotted over a fifth-minute penalty.

Bedford nosed ahead for the first time on ten minutes, scrum-half Karl Dickson diving over, but just moments after James Pritchard had slotted over the conversion Moseley winger Dan Norton scored for the visitors, MacDonald kicking the extras.

Dickson bagged his second try on 15 minutes, scything through the Moseley defence from a ten-metre line-out, but Pritchard's conversion came moments before the Canadian World Cup full-back was sin-binned for dishing out a torrent of blows to visiting prop Terry Sigley.

But, even down to 14 men, the home side looked the sharper and another scampering run from Dickson let in centre Liam Roberts for Bedford's third try on 28 minutes, Ben Patston's conversion handing his team a healthy 21-10 advantage.

Pressure Charlie Sharples failed to ground the ball for Moseley a minute later but further pressure was rewarded when Jimmy Ireland was fed from the back of a scrum to dart in.

MacDonald's extras closed the gap to four points but two injury-time scores took the home side clear.

Dan Richmond was first to pounce, following a catch-and-drive move, with Nic Strauss then claiming his side's fifth try to open up a 31-17 interval lead.

To add to Moseley's worries, lock Richard Stott was sin-binned at the end of the half and the second period was one to forget for the visitors.

Alex Page ran in his side's sixth try only three minutes after the restart before centres Tom Youngs and Roberts got in on the act as they ran through a threadbare defence.

Youngs had been at the centre of many of Bedford's moves, his power and tenacity ripping holes in the Moseley cover.

But his try was a much simpler affair, diving over from close range after Page had been halted short of the line by Norton's timely tackle.

Roberts showed his pace when scooting around on the overlap while Moseley's only chance to post a second-half score came to nothing when Norton failed to touch down his kick ahead, finding it difficult to get around the obstruction that was opposite number Craig Moir.

Man-of-the-match Dickson completed his hat-trick with seven minutes to go, rounding things off with a spectacular dive over the line, and Bedford chalked up their tenth try in the final seconds, replacement Jon Elrick diving in after a storming run by back-row Rory McKay.

Meanwhile, Moseley will be back on the training ground this week when Smith will be looking for answers.


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