PLYMOUTH ALB 13 MOSELEY 16 - March 29th 2008
Plymouth Albion: N Saumi, D Ritchie, A
Cruickshanks, K Fisilau (R Laidlaw 77), N Sestaret, B Davies, E Lewsey,
T Mathias, J Owen, S Zimmerman (G Evans 62), C Stewart (C Lowrie 77), T
Hayes (capt), K Marriott (B Stroud 77), M Denbee (A Kettle 77), J
Bornman. Reps (not used): N Cane, G Dawe.
Referee: Andrew Vertigan (RFU).
MOSELEY BOOT BOY
MOSELEY eradicated any lingering fears of relegation from National One with a hard earned but thoroughly deserved win over Plymouth Albion at a windswept Brickfields.
Moseley entered the game off the back of a heavy defeat at the hands of Bedford Blues but were boosted by the return of a number of players on loan from Gloucester.
Albion had the advantage of the diagonal crosswind in the firsthalf and only led 6-3 at the break.
Moseley, with the elements in their favour in the second period, fell further behind when Albion, despite being a man down, scored the opening try of the match.
Moseley to their credit regrouped and scored what turned out to be the winning try in the 74th minute when replacement Paul Arnold crashed over from close-range.
Albion who took the lead in the third minute. When the visitors were penalised for not releasing, Albion fly-half Brad Davies put his side ahead with a well-struck 30metre penalty.
But after Albion were caught offside in front of their posts Moseley fly-half Greg Macdonald tied the scores at 3-3 with the relatively simple penalty kick.
Albion regained the lead in the 26th minute when Davies slotted his second penalty after Moseley were penalised for offside on their 22.
The closest either side came to scoring a try in the first-half came on the half hour when Albion scrum-half Ed Lewsey, brother of England World Cup winner Josh, was held up over the line following a close-range scrum.
Albion went for the pushover try from the resulting scrum but Moseley defended well and cleared the danger.
Eight minutes after the interval Macdonald kicked his second penalty of the match from in front of the posts after Albion centre Keni Fisilau was yellow-carded for a high tackle on Paul Cox.
Moseley infringed from the restart and Albion despite being a man down opted to kick for the corner rather than at goal.
After the visitors pulled down a rolling maul referee Vertigan played advantage that ended with Lewsey putting French winger Nic Sestaret under the posts for the opening try of the match.
Davies added a conversion which put Albion seven points clear.
With Albion restored to a full 15, Moseley themselves declined a kickable penalty but the scoring chance was lost by a crooked line-out throw.
Moseley got three points back in the 69th minute when Macdonald made it a hat-trick of penalties after Albion were caught offside on their 22.
Six minutes before the end sustained pressure close to the Albion goal-line ended with Arnold driving over for a try that Macdonald converted.
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