1st XV Match Report V Plymouth Albion (Home) Sat 17/11/2007 

Match Report

Moseley  10 Plymouth 29 - November 17th 2007

MOSELEY: Winter, Sharples, Binns, Adams, Norton, MacDonald (Davies, 64), Ireland, N Williams, McMillan (Lea, 73), Sigley, Tuohy (Atkinson, 25), Stott, Mason, Uzoigwe (Forster, 47), Balding. Replacements: Lightowler, Bressington, Taylor.

PLYMOUTH ALBION: E Lewis, Gibson, Cruickshanks, Davies, Sestaret, Laidlaw, Cane (Lewsey, 64), Mathias, Owen (Oxley, 58), Barretto, Hayes, Gulliver, Lowrie, Stroud (Kettle, 49), Bornman. Replacements: Neethling, Zimmerman, M Lewis, Stewart.

SCORERS: Moseley tries: Stott, Adams.

Plymouth tries: Hayes, Sestaret, Cruickshanks, penalty try; penalty: Laidlaw; conversions: Laidlaw (3).

Birmingham Mail Match report

Moseley pay the price for their errors - Sunday Mercury

A SPIRITED but error strewn performance cost Moseley the chance of picking up valuable points.

Normally a well-disciplined side, the penalty count against Moseley was horrendous and the line out chaotic and they were duly punished by a strong outfit.

As early as the third minute Plymouth signalled they fancied their chances of winning the forward battle when they turned down a kickable penalty to go for the corner.

But Moseley were determined to make amends for last week's crushing defeat against Bedford and produced some tenacious tackling to repel the Plymouth onslaught before the visitors finally gave away a penalty and Moseley cleared their lines.

Moseley eventually succumbed in the 13th minute when Tom Hayes emerged from the bottom of a driving maul. Ross Laidlaw converted.

Reward Moseley continued to battle away and got their reward on 25 minutes. Nathan Williams barged a hole in the Plymouth defence which created enough space for Moseley's backs to exploit and after Oliver Winter had danced his way to within touching distance of the Plymouth try line, Richard Stott dived over to finish off the move. Greg MacDonald missed the conversion.

The game suddenly turned in the final ten minutes of the half when a controversial penalty for offside allowed Laidlaw to add three points to Plymouth's tally.

The visitors then dealt Moseley a hammer blow just before the break when a series of quick run phases created space for Nicolas Sestaret to run into the corner. Laidlaw added the extras.

Moseley were handed an opportunity to reduce the deficit with the final kick of the half when Plymouth's Ben Gulliver was yellowcarded for persistent fouling, but MacDonald missed the penalty.

Any hope Moseley had of taking advantage of the extra man was scuppered from the restart when an attempted low kick by MacDonald bounced off a Ply- mouth's player's knee and allowed the visitors to break from their own half.

Plymouth then camped themselves on Moseley's try line. As the home side held off the repeated attempts to batter through their defence in the process they lost Terry Sigley who was sent to the sin bin.

Moseley then added to their woe by giving the ball away and Plymouth capitalised with a swift break which Arran Cruickshanks finished off. Laid- law missed the conversion.

Frustratingly for Moseley they found themselves in several good positions, but a lack of discipline and an inability to win their own line out meant they were ever able to capitalise.

On the one occasion they did manage to put a move together it resulted in Jack Adams skilfully beating two men to slide in for an unconverted try on 64 minutes.

The game ended as it had begun though with Plymouth pinning Moseley back on their own try line.

While the home side's defence refused to be breached, the referee eventually lost patience. First he sent Craig Lea to the sin bin and then awarded Plymouth a penalty try which Laidlaw con- verted to seal a bonus point win for the visitors. 


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