PERTEMPS BEES: Marika; Aston (Knight P, 52), Murchie, Knight D, Mitchell
(Mangeolles; 16); Higgins, Spee; Long, Pearl, Bucknall, Davidson (Gabey,
56), McCombe, Daish, Earnshaw, Halavatau (Preece ,56). Replacements (not
used): Osborn, Griffiths.
MOSELEY: Binns; Sharples, Adams, Trueman, Norton; MacDonald, Ireland;
Buxton (Sigley, 51), Caves (McMillan), Sigley (Forster, 40, blood), Bignell,
Tuohy (Stott, 54), Mason, Atkinson (Arnold, 66), Evans. Replacements (not
used): Lewis, Cox, Bressington.
Referee: Chris Sharpe (RFU).
SCORERS: Bees – try: penalty; conversion: Higgins.
Moseley – tries: Norton, Evans, Ireland; conversions: MacDonald (3).
Moseley marvels enjoy a double! - Sunday Mercury
PERTEMPS Bees served up one of their least appetising performances of
the season yesterday as Midland rivals Moseley confirmed bragging rights for
the season with their first-ever double over their neighbours. Tries from
flying wing Dan Norton, his third in two matches, No 8 Mark Evans and scrum
half Jimmy Ireland were enough to carry Moseley to victory with Bees' only
reply a somewhat generous penalty try for a scrum offence. Moseley will
probably regret failing to grab the fourth try, and the bonus point to go
with it, that was there for the taking in an error-strewn second half but
were well worth their victory. Their broad smiles after the game showed they
could look forward to the turkey and stuffing with just over half the season
gone with a fair degree of satisfaction.
Ruck Bees had the first chance of the game when a Moseley hand in a ruck
gave Jon Higgins a kick at goal from 25 metres on four minutes but the kick
went wide. A couple of minutes later and the same offence by Bees at a
similar distance gave Moseley No 10 Greg MacDonald the chance to go one
better. But, like Higgins, he pulled it wide, so it was honours even. With
12 minutes gone, though, Moseley centre Jack Adams showed his Premiership
class as he led a break from inside his own 22 up the right. He found Norton
who in turn moved the ball on though midfield before looping around to
receive the ball again and go in under the posts, and MacDonald added the
extras. If Bees thought they were staring down the barrel of a gun it went
off in their faces four minutes later.
MacDonald made a 25-metre break which took him close to the line but with
support slow to arrive possession was lost.
As Bees tried to clear, though, the kick from their own line was charged
down and Evans was first to the bouncing ball by the posts with MacDonald
making it 14-0. Between the tries, to add to Bees' woes, wing Cameron
Mitchell had to go off with a dead leg to be replaced by the less
experienced Mike Mangeolles. The second score seemed to spur Bees on and as
the half drew to a close the hosts started to exert genuine pressure with a
series of driving mauls which saw a number of penalties and the yellow
carding of Evans as Bees desperately tried to protect their lines.
Eventually the referee decided Moseley had offended at a five metre scrum
and awarded a penalty try which seemed harsh but Bees were just grateful to
be handed a toehold in the match with Higgins' kick pulling his side within
the magical seven-point margin as the teams went into the break at 14-7.
Any hopes Bees might have had of a turnaround were dashed three minutes into
the second period, however.
Moseley had pushed Bees back with a deep kick and when the Bees lineout was
deemed not straight – a problem the team had all afternoon – Moseley had an
attacking scrum five metres out.
Scrum half Jimmy Ireland picked the ball up from the base of the scrum and
set off for the line and was over by the posts before the defence could
react and MacDonald added the easy conversion to set up a frantic finale.
Experienced Bees were desperate to at least close to within seven points to
get something from the game while Moseley wanted a bonus try – with the
result the game became fractious and error strewn.
Bees did look more of a threat when the experienced Reece Spee was moved
from scrum half to wing with Paul Knight coming on as No 9. One break saw
Spee round the defence and flick the ball inside to set up an opening but he
was deemed to have put a foot in touch.
With Spee out wide Bees were at last starting to look to take Moseley on
with some width and pace on the outside but it was too little too late and
Bees, second bottom and ten points adrift of safety, are facing a long, hard