1st XV Match Report V Bedford Blues (Home) Sat 11/04/2009 

Match Report

Moseley 23 Bedford 26 - April 11th 2009


MOSELEY: Binns; Bressington (Thomas, 40), Adams, Reay, Norton; Roberts, Taylor; N Williams, Caves, Sigley, Muldowney, Stott (Arnold, 62), Mason (D Williams, 62), Bignell (Whitney, 77), Rodwell. Replacements: Davis, Oselton, Vasey.

BEDFORD: Pritchard; Owen, Burke (Harries 40), Vass, Dodge; Twelvetrees, Dickson; Cecere (Walsh 49), Richmond, Boulton, Howard, Botha, Gillanders, Harding, Tupai (McKay 21-26). Replacements: Locke, Hoy, Chudley, Davies

Referee: David Rose (RFU)

SCORERS: Moseley – tries: Bressington, Rodwell; conversions: Roberts (2); penalties: Roberts (2), Thomas.

Bedford – tries: Dodge, Burke, Owen, Dickson; conversions: Pritchard (3).


Moseley 23 Bedford Blues 26
A try in the final ten minutes snatched away what would have been a valuable victory for Moseley in a narrow loss by 23 - 26 to third placed Bedford Blues.
Moseley did however secure another bonus point towards the club’s goal of participation in the Championship next season.
However it could have been so much more with Bedford Blues being forced into making errors through-out especially with ball in hand.
A well crafted try led to Moseley scoring the first points of the game as Nathan Bressington started then finished a swift attacking move which resulted in a try which Tristan Roberts converted.
The lead didn’t last long though as the Blues converted their first significant attack with a converted try, when on form Ollie Dodge forced his way over the try line to level the score.
Two Moseley penalties then followed as Roberts showed form with the boot as he continually gained the necessary territory to put heavy pressure on Bedford.
The Blues struggled in attack, making many uncharacteristic errors, however some quality eventually shone through, by the wizardry of Brendan Burke. The centre skipped past one, then two before finally darting under the post to make for an easy conversion.
This would have been an undeserved lead to take in at the break and it was No.8 James Rodwell who put the scores right. His try and Robert’s conversion gave the red and blacks a 20-14 advantage at half way.
After their first half display, the Blues began playing at levels that have seen them win the past six straight games. The action was continually camped inside Moseley’s half, as the Blues were pushing for a try for over 15 minutes but to no avail as Moseley defended stoutly.
Moseley’s cause was not helped though by Robert’s sin bin on the hour. The mistake inevitably helped the Blues, as they utilised the space with winger Ryan Owen going over in the corner for a try which was not converted.
Ollie Thomas edged Moseley further in front with a penalty but against top opposition another score always seemed necessary to secure a much needed win, especially as the hosts’ line was not functioning properly for the second week running.
Bedford then made the next and most important score with a quick piece of play that caught Moseley napping. A brilliantly initiated, if questionably short, line-out between the hooker and the scrum half saw Karl Dickson sprint through unchallenged for the all important try, which this time was crucially converted.
Ollie Thomas did have an opportunity to level with a penalty from distance but missed wide, which agonizingly kept the final score at 26-23 in favour of the Blues.

“I am pleased with the bonus point but the fact is that it could have been a lot more, which was the same against Leeds, which is upsetting.” said a disappointed Ian Smith
The head coach added: “In the second half we didn’t show enough accuracy and didn’t gain enough territory to put Bedford under any significant pressure, that’s where we failed.”
Smith remained positive on the upcoming matches however adding: “They're all crucial and they're all beatable as shown in our performances of late, we just need to produce what we know we can do.”
By Geoff Berkeley

Moseley 23 Bedford 26: Match analysis - Birmingham Post

Blues make hard work of it - Bedford Today


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