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Match Report

Moseley 11 Pertemps Bees 12 - February 9th 2008

Moseley: Binns, Sharples, Adams, Cox, Norton (Bressington, 60), Stenhouse, Lewis (Taylor 50); N Williams, McMillan, Sigley, Atkinson (Arnold, 60), Stott (Tuohy, 60), Mason, Evans, Rodwell. Replacements: Buxton, Lea, D Williams.

Pertemps Bees: Spee, Mangeolles, Groves, D Knight, Mitchell (Aston, 53), P Knight, Griffiths (Higgins, 40); Long (Reddlinghuys, 53), Pearl, Bucknall (Osbourn, 40), Davidson (Matthews, 40), Gaby, Earnshaw, Daish, McComb. Replacements: Uakazuwaka, Maggs.

SCORERS: Moseley SCORERS: Moseley try: Binns; penalties: Stenhouse (2). Bees penalties: P Knight (4). 


Bees win Trophy derby with late penalty
Sunday Mercury

IT may not have been pretty but that mattered not a jot to the Bees as they edged this EDF Energy National Trophy fourth round clash.

It was never going to be a day for scintillating skills a derby match played on a slippery Billesley Common pitch but there was no shortage of excitement, particularly in the closing stages.

Paul Knight's fourth penalty of the game finally clinched the tie but not until the lead had changed hands four times during the second half.

And with the winning kick coming deep in injury time, the drama continued right to the final whistle.

It was Moseley who registered the first points of the game though, taking just three minutes to do so.

The Bees were caught offside in front of the posts and Nottingham loanee Neil Stenhouse casually slotted over the kick. In the opening minutes the Sharmans Cross side committed a string of errors in what was proving to be a scrappy first half. With 16 minutes gone, Moseley went close to grabbing the first try of the afternoon when Dan Norton broke down the left but his high pass inside couldn't be gathered by teammate Jack Adams and the ball was knocked on. It was to prove a busy half for referee Llyr Aperaint-Roberts and he soon had Bees lock Mark Gabey ambling off to the sin bin after grappling with Moseley's Mark Evans.

Amends And just as he was making his way back onto the pitch ten minutes later, his place in the bin was taken by visiting scrum-half Nicky Griffiths, penalised for handling in the ruck. But despite having the extra man for half of the opening period, Moseley failed to make it count. Instead it was Bees who drew level.

Paul Knight kicked one penalty wide of the posts on 34 minutes but made amends two minutes later after Oliver Atkinson had failed to release the ball after being tackled 30 metres out.

The final moments of the half saw both sides go close to adding to their tally. Norton went on another scurrying run up the left wing only to be tackled short of the line while Spee knocked on after gathering Paul Knight's chip ahead.

The Bees made a triple change at the break with Will Matthews and Phil Osbourn replacing Alex Davidson and Pete Bucknall in the pack while Jon Higgins replaced Griffiths a move that saw Paul Knight slot in at scrum-half.

Matthewswas at the heart of a rampaging Pertemps attack that ended with Cameron Mitchell just losing the race to a chip ahead.

But the Bees maintained their momentum and edged ahead for the first time on 48 minutes when Knight converted his second penalty from in front of the posts.

Moseley were thrown a lifeline just two minutes later when a miscued kick from Spee landed in Norton's arms and he was able to send full-back Andy Binns down the wing to score the game's only try and give the home side a narrow 8-6 advantage, Stenhouse's conversion creeping just the wrong side of the upright.

When Knight kicked a third penalty on 63 minutes, the Bees were back in front but by now the nerves looked to have taken over as the game became littered with errors. The visitors conceded a penalty, in front of the posts, which Stenhouse duly converted to push Moseley into an 11-9 lead on 80 minutes.

Back came the Bees and they spent the frantic five minutes pushing forward, looking for a way through. With five minutes of stoppage time played, a Moseley player was penalised for coming in from the side allowing Knight to snatch victory with his fourth successful kick.


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