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).
KNIGHT PUTS THE BOOT IN
Bees win Trophy derby with late penalty
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
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
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
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
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.