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
COVENTRY: 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.
Referee: 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
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
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.