MOSELEY: Winter, Bressington, Binns, Adams, Sharples,
MacDonald, Ireland; Sigley (Williams 60), Caves, Forster, Atkinson, Stott,
Mason, Bignell, Evans. Replacements not used: Buxton, McMillan, Tuohy,
Davies, Uzoigwe, Taylor.
SEDGLEY PARK: Hall, Payne, Craig,
Briars, Deventer, Jones, Leck, Gazzola, Roddam, Du Plessis, Fourie ( Norris
68), Crous (Townson 68) Newton, Ponton, Skurr. Replacements not used:
Albinson, Birchhall, Keyes, Livesey, Nutt.
SCORERS: Moseley –Tries: Mason, Sharples; penalty: MacDonald. Sedgley
Tigers – Try: Skurr; conversion: Jones; penalties: Jones (2).
Mail match report
Smith left frustrated as Moseley miss the boat
Anyone looking for a silver lining from this error-strewn game could point
to the fact that at least Moseley got two points from it and maintained the
status quo at the unfashionable end of National One.
Coach Ian Smith was in no doubt about what the result meant though: "This
was two points lost, big time.
"Tactically we lost our way. We appreciated where the space was and we knew
how to beat them but we just did not have that patience. We did in the first
10-15 minutes and then became a bit naïve.
"There were some positives. Some of the set pieces were good but when we had
the ball we left a bit to be desired."
After the start Moseley had though, ten points up in as many minutes, this
was surely a chance to heap relegation pressure on a team just below them
From Moseley's opening kick Sedgley Tigers were just blown away losing
possession in their own half and then finding their defence sliced open like
a kipper by full back Ollie Winter who was pulled down inches short.
The ball was recycled quickly and second row and skipper Neil Mason was on
hand to force his way over with barely a minute gone. Icy, driving drizzle
is not ideal conditions for kicking and fly half Greg MacDonald did not
overcome them and he was to fail again from almost the same spot with the
second try nine minutes later.
A penalty for not releasing was dropped in the corner for a catch and drive
and when progress was halted the ball was worked from left to right for wing
Charles Sharples to go over and it had become just a matter of when a fourth
try and a bonus point would materialise.
With 24 minutes gone Sedgley Park had been in the Moseley half twice - both
times from restarts - but a penalty for offside gave them a chance of their
first attacking visit. It lasted only long enough for the Tigers to knock-on
in the line-out but the signs were there that Sedgley had not so much
weathered the Moseley storm as it was starting to blow itself out.
Six minutes to the break and some ineffective kicking from 22 to 22 saw a
loose ball bounce and run free and Tigers' wing Freeman Payne, normally the
deadliest of finishers merely had to pick up and he had a clear run.
Fortunately for Moseley he fumbled on but an infringement in the resulting
scrum gave the Tigers a penalty turned into points by fly half Philip Jones.
Moseley's game was starting to unravel and Jones was given another kickable
chance for pulling down a ruck but was wide to leave it 10-3 at the break.
The second half opened like the first with Moseley pressure bringing a
penalty and MacDonald made it 13-3. But whatever platform that created for
Moseley fell to earth with a bump as wrong decisions, wrong passes, wrong
options, forward passes and knock-ons and lost line-outs took over.
The Tigers had played like a struggling, relegation side from the off but at
least had been consistently poor throughout and could not believe their luck
as Moseley's game descended into chaos.
Jones missed two more penalty chances before a yellow card for second row
Oliver Atkinson just by the posts gave him a kick for 13-6 and a losing
bonus. But it was to get worse as Moseley when No 8 Jon Skurr finished off a
scrappy move to go over by the posts and Jones levelled the scores three
minutes into added time. Moseley huffed and puffed and went close in a
frantic final three minutes but time and chances had run out and, on this
showing, both sides face a long hard winter.