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Moseley 22 Coventry 22 - February 9th 2008

MOSELEY: Binns; Bressington, Hayes, Trueman, Trinder; Stenhouse, Taylor; N Williams (Buxton, 66), McMillan (Caves, 55), Sigley, Arnold, Stott, Mason, Atkinson (Bignell, 58), Rodwell. Replacements: Evans, D Williams, Lewis, Macdonald

Toft; Johnson, Cobden, Kiri-some, Parry (Slater, 42); Davey, Jones; Maddocks (Rimmer 54), Whitehead, Brits, O Hodge, Nimmo, D Hodge, Clayton, McGlone. Replacements: Friswell, Dugard, Whitehall, Walls, McLean.

Ashley Rowden (RFU).

SCORERS: Moseley tries: McMillan, Mason, Bressington; conversions: Stenhouse (2); penalty: Stenhouse.

Coventry tries: Hodge, McGlone, Slater; conversion: Davey; penalty: Davey.

Davey's missed kick hands Moseley victory

Sunday Mercury

A WEEK that could not get any worse for Coventry did exactly that yesterday when just 48 hours after being placed in administration they lost a feisty local derby at Moseley.

A missed conversion a minute into injury time cost Coventry a share of the spoils and gave Moseley just their second home win of the season after an exciting, if somewhat controversial, showdown.

The hosts were leading 22-12 with a quarter of an hour left when a mass brawl saw each side lose a man for fighting.

Moseley's Gary Trueman and Cov's Danny Hodge were given their marching orders and, despite being a player light in the pack, the visitors' forwards took the game to their opponents.

Mose then lost Captain Fantastic Neil Mason to the sin bin and Cov's player coach Brett Davey kicked a 75th minute penalty.

With Ian Smith's side reduced to 13, the Blue and Whites swung play right and Davey sent a long pass out to the opposite wing where Tom Slater crept in at the corner to narrow the deficit to two. Up stepped Davey with a kick to level the match and although he struck the ball sweetly it drifted across the face of the posts. He could not be downhearted, however. The Welshman had wanted a response to last weekend's desperate cup shutout at Exeter and, in that regard at least, he was rewarded.

"I was more interested in the performance this week and I have got that," Davey said. "Everything that has gone on this week has gone on without my knowledge so we can't use that as an excuse. After Exeter some of the players had to stand up and commit to the badge and the club which they have done. "It was a game we should have won, we gave them most of their points, they really didn't create much." Davey hands were tied in terms of selection too with fly half Myles Dorrian and centre Donovan Sanders made unavailable after their poor showing at Sandy Park. Cov were forced to go with four front row players and two scrum halves on the bench. Moseley were short of some of their stars too with top scorer Dan Norton away with the England Under-20s and Gloucester contingent Jack Forster, Jack Adams and Ali James involved at Kingsholm with Leicester. That could have been part of the reason why Moseley were put on the back foot in the opening minutes. Indeed they went behind after 17 minutes when Ross McMillan gifted possession in his own half and provided Cov with the platform for Hodge to charge through Paul Arnold from close range to ground by the sticks. Davey's conversion made it 7-0. Cov then squandered several excellent positions and should have been further ahead by the time Mose got their first points.

That was on the half hour when scrum half Gareth Taylor snaffled a throw over the back of a lineout and sent Arnold rampaging into the 22. Davey's men stepped offside and Neil Stenhouse accepted an easy three points.

With the period entering added time Stenhouse's superb positional kick gave Mose a lineout five yards out and after finding his man Ross McMillan was shunted over for a score Stenhouse improved.

Incredibly Mose were 17-7 up at the interval after Mason bagged another errant throw and raced over from 30 metres. Ten minutes after the restart Laurie McGlone edged through Mose's desperate goal-line defence to make it 17-12.

Just before the hour Davey's clearance was run back by Henry Trinder, who created space for Tommy Hayes and Andy Binns to release Nathan Bressington. That looked to be enough for the hosts, only for their discipline to go and allow their rivals back into the game.


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