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
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
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
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
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