Moseley 5 Bedford 43 - March 22 2008
MOSELEY: Bressington, Sharples, Binns, Trueman (Cox 50), Norton, Stenhouse (MacDonald 71), Lewis (Taylor 61); Williams, Caves (McMillan 65), Buxton (Forster 40), Arnold (Bignell 54), Stott, Atkinson, Mason (c) (Evans 65), Rodwell.
BEDFORD: Pritchard, Moir, Roberts, Youngs (Allen 61), Dodge, Elrick (Burke 66), Dickson (Chudley 66); Lyon (Brown 57), Richmond (c) (Sammons 66), Graham, Phillips (Comb 66), Brenton (Pienaar 54), Botha, Harding, Lumby.
SCORERS: Moseley – try: Stenhouse.
Moseley blown off course by Bedford
Whether it was the wind or the cold, perhaps the odd flurry of snow or just that end of term feeling, but something put Moseley out of their stride as they were swamped by a Bedford side who needed to be no more than competent to run in seven tries.
Moseley did not have the best of starts. Prop Jack Forster was stuck in traffic so replacement Ben Buxton was elevated from the bench and then the home side lost the toss which meant they were first to play with the 20 point swirling wind.
It was an advantage they failed to take though with wayward kicks which failed to put any pressure on the Blues who sensibly kept the ball to hand.
Moseley could have struck first when flyhalf Neil Stenhouse elected to kick a long penalty in the seventh minute and found the wind won.
Two minutes later Moseley were behind when a catch and drive from a Bedford penalty for a high tackle put pressure on the line, ending with scrum-half Carl Dixon finding a two man overlap and skipper and hooker Dave Richmond was in for the opener. Full-back James Pritchard amused the crowd with a conversion attempt with the flight of a boomerang which did not even cross the try line.
Ten minutes later centre Ollie Dodge evaded three tackles and it was 10-0.
Moseley seemed to be going for some sort of record for knock-ons and spilled passes when they were give a lifeline in the 24th minute. Pressure in the Bedford 22 saw a clearance charged down and Stenhouse picked up and scampered over. He missed the kick and a penalty a few minutes later but at 10-5 there was a glimmer of hope.
With three minutes to the break, though, back row Sacha Harding broke trough the middle, off-loaded to Pritchard and he was in by the posts. The first successful kick of the day made it 17-5 at the break.
Any realistic hopes of a comeback vanished seven minutes into the second half when No8 James Lumby clattered his way through four tackles and was then allowed to feed centre Liam Roberts to go over in the corner. Pritchard was getting the hang of the wind and landed a swerving kick from out wide.
Another try from Roberts, a second from Dodge and one from replacement second row Ben Pienaar, with Pritchard adding two more banana flighted conversions completed Moseley's misery on an afternoon of missed tackles and dropped balls.
Coach Ian Smith: "The wind was a major factor and we struggled to control the ball. Bedford controlled the ball and played really well. They are starting to hit form again and when these full time teams hit form you are really up against it.
"We managed to crawl back into it by half time, just about, but in the second half we just made too many unforced errors and struggled to get any momentum."
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