1st XV Match Report V Esher (a) Sat 07/03/2009 

Match Report

Esher 23  Moseley 17 - March 7th 2009

ESHER: Hallett (Barbini 1-7); Flockhart, Lowe (Amesbury 62), Jewell (Barbini 19-21), Lozides; Slemen, Shaw; Hannon, Corrigan, Elosu (Rogers 56, Barker, Inglis (Blakeburn 48), Waterhouse, Stitcher, Renwick (Starling 69).

Replacements: Barnes, Goldsmith

MOSELEY: Thomas; Bressington, Binns, Reay, Norton; Roberts, Taylor; Williams, Caves, Sigley, Muldowney, Stott, Mason, Bignell, Evans.

Replacements: Davis, Abbott, Arnold, Cox, Vasey, Whitney, Oselton

Referee: L Apgeraint Roberts.

Scorers:  Esher – tries: Lowe, Slemen; conversions: Hallett (2); penalties: Hallett (3).

Moseley – tries: Muldowney, Roberts; conversions: Roberts (2); penalty: Thomas

Moseley Esher 23 Moseley 17
Moseley somehow managed to lose a match they should really have won. but for careless mistakes that gifted two tries. They attacked strongly early on, only for Esher to intercept a loose pass that allowed George Lowe to run the length of the field and score under the posts. Moseley lock Ally Muldowney finished off a slick move to stretch over for a converted try, but three penalties left the Surrey side 16-7 ahead at half-time.

Early in the second half Moseley reduced the lead to two points when fly-half Tristan Roberts jinked through for a solo try, converted by Ollie Thomas. Moseley’s pack were now well on top and backed by a strong wind they pounded the Esher line for 20 minutes, but still came away with nothing.  At last, with a few minutes to go, Ollie Thomas’s long range penalty edged Moseley ahead 17-16. The score looked to have secured Moseley a vital win until a loose clearance with three minutes to go allowed Esher to surge forward and score the winning try.

Unlike the previous week, there was to be no final throw of the dice and Moseley trooped dejectedly from the pitch with just a losing bonus point.
The result leaves Moseley in eleventh place which would secure a place in next season’s Championship, but they are now only a point ahead of Esher whose form has improved dramatically in recent weeks. Next week Moseley are at home to Sedgley Park and will hope to beat the Manchester outfit who lie in 14th place.

Late defeat at Esher is new body blow for Moseley

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