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,
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
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
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
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.