Newbury 12 Moseley 30 - September 6th 2008
MOSELEY: Binns; Sharples, Adams, Reay, Bressington (Trinder 40); Vasey, Taylor (Pasqualin 66); Williams, Caves, Sigley, Arnold, Stott, Mason (Atkinson 67), Bignell, Rodwell. Replacements: Oselton, Davis, Evans, Cox
NEWBURY: Williams; Nutt, Henderson, Humphries, Ridgers; Griffiths G, Gasson (Kessell 20); Green, Fincken, Fidler, Ascroft-Leigh, Griffiths A, Lee, Bentall, Noonan (Witcomb 70). Replacements: Catt, Burgess, Lilley, Sweeney, Perry.
SCORERS:Newbury - tries: Lee, Ridgers; conversion: Griffiths.
Moseley - tries: Trinder (2), Sharples;
conversions: Vasey (3); penalties: Vasey (3).
Referee: Ashley Rowden.
MOSE SECURE SCRAPPY WIN
Smith unhappy after first victory of season
IAN Smith questioned his side's mental state after watching Moseley make hard work of their first win of the season.
The head coach admitted his team needed a ‘serious chat' at half-time to ensure that they saw off relegation-favourites Newbury.
Mose led 13-5 at the break but had the hosts' out-of-sorts fly-half Gareth Griffiths not fluffed four first-half kicks, then the visitors would have been in trouble.
Matters were made worse when they gifted Blues' winger Christopher Ridgers a try 15 minutes into the second half which allowed a poor Newbury side to dream of an unthinkable victory.
Fortunately Richard Vasey's 100 per cent kicking record and two tries from half-time replacement Henry Trinder made sure Moseley got off the mark in National One.
"Today mentally we weren't quite there," admitted Smith.
"I think that's down to maturity and perhaps getting the environment right. We will look at what we did in training last week, and I think that we've got a bit to work on now.
"I thought the first half was pretty dreadful really.
"Newbury were certainly up for the game more than we were but we managed to hang in there, which is terrifically hard to do once you start in a poor mental way.
"We'll take the result any day but I'm concerned with the way we approached the game.
"It wasn't classic Moseley. On paper we were a much better side but we just didn't show that."
Moseley had their Gloucester kids to thank for this victory - Jack Adams and Charlie Sharples were outstanding while replacements Trinder and Jordi Pasqualin impressed after the break.
Captain Neil Mason was back in the Moseley side after missing last week end's season-opener with a shoulder injury.
Right from the off, Mose looked much the better side because the hosts looked clueless going forward.
Visiting fly-half Vasey posted the first points of the day in the 13th minute after Newbury were penalised, and also got a taste of Terry Sigley's studs, for not rolling away.
Vasey, who added a second penalty 12 minutes later, looked sharp certainly compared to his opposite number Griffiths whose wayward kicking wasn't helping his side's chances.
Moseley's first try of the season was inevitable and it eventually arrived just before the half-an-hour mark. Ridgers' fumble fell favourably for exNewbury man Andy Reay who unleashed Adams before it was left to Sharples to run through unchallenged for five easy points which soon became seven with Vasey's conversion.
At times Mose threatened to hit the self-destruct button and gave away a needless try shortly before the break. A clever chip from full-back Matthew Williams sliced open the visitors' defence and Mark Lee bundled his way over.
Smith would have been fuming at his side's efforts for Newbury's second try that brought the hosts within a point. Moseley found the unlikeliest of characters on the left wing, prop Nathan Williams, who dropped Reay's pass. Ridgers made the most of his gift to gallop home and Griffiths finally slotted between the posts.
Moseley looked set to crumble but a Vasey penalty calmed the nerves before Smith's inspired change finally bared fruit. Try number one for Trinder came courtesy of Adams' endeavour and Newbury's powderpuff tackling and the dual-registered Gloucester winger grabbed a second five minutes from time when he completely outstripped Thomas Kessell to latch on to his own kick and dot down.
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