1st XV Match Report V Henley (h) Sat 17/01/2009 

Match Report

Moseley 34 Henley Hawks 6 - January 17th 2009

MOSELEY: Thomas; Norton, Binns, Reay, Bressington; Vasey (Roberts, 59), Taylor (Pasqualin, 52); N Williams, Caves (Oselton, 66), Sigley (Bignell, 48), Muldowney (Arnold, 56), Stott (D Williams, 66), Arnold, Mason (Evans, 66), Bignell (Davis, 38), Rodwell

HENLEY: Smith (Haynes, 51); Birtswhistle, Flammia, Wells, Davies (Fulton, 73); Hobart (Turner, 56), Gaunt; Milford-Scott (Fuller, 50), Tattersall (Clarke, 40), Hoosen-Owen, Clements, Green, Payne, S Williams (Dupee, 59), Hennings (Dixon, 40).

Referee: Luke Pearce (RFU).

SCORERS: Moseley – tries; Reay, Thomas, Bressington, Norton, Arnold, Rodwell; conversions: Thomas, Vasey.

Henley – penalties: Wells (2).

Moseley 34 Henley Hawks 6
Moseley cruised into the last 16 of the EDF Trophy with a comfortable six-try victory against Henley Hawks. On a bitterly cold afternoon and playing their first game since Boxing Day, Moseley were always in control, but their National 3 South opponents were well organised in defence and left few gaps.

Moseley took an early lead through Andy Reay's first try since returning to the club, but the chill air and breeze was making handling tricky. Henley with the wind behind them in the first half cleared their lines with effect and restricted Moseley to one further first half try through full-back Ollie Thomas. A penalty for Henley left the half-time score 12-3.

Moseley’s forward strength and stamina started to tell in the second half and they scored four further tries, through wingers Nathan Bressington and Dan Norton, and forwards Paul Arnold and James Rodwell.

Next week Moseley are at Billesley again in a crucial League encounter against Rotherham who are on the same points total as Mose. A win would boost Moseley’s chances of being in next year’s 12-team Championship.

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