Senior Academy Match Report V Dudley Kingswinford - N.M. Cup (Home) Wed 19/03/2008 

Moseley 5 Dudley Kingswinford 10

The Moseley Colts are specialising in saving their worst playing performances for cup games this season and have tossed away progressing in both the National and North Midlands cup by ignoring the normal game plan and using highly dubious decision making to bow out of both competitions.

This, in no way takes anything away from Nuneaton and Dudley , as both were far the better team on the day. Our best wishes goes to both of them in the National Cup, as the Moseley Colts should learn an invaluable lesson in how to play to your team’s strengths.

The North Midlands semi-final kicked off in extreme weather conditions that made the Billesley breeze seem like a summer’s day, it was more like Billesley blizzard! The weather played a part in the game, Dudley mastered the conditions and got their tactics spot on and Moseley did not! Dudley’s kicking game helped them stay in Moseley’s half for most of the first half and in the second half Moseley kicked once!

As the Dudley tactics and weather conditions put Moseley under a considerable amount of pressure, this should not have made the Moseley forwards stand and watch a text book catch and drive from a five metre lineout which resulted in a try for the Dudley hooker. This was followed by an awesome conversion in the blizzard conditions, which put Dudley up 7 nil after not many minutes.

There was glimpse of what Moseley have been doing in many games this season when Clark Hands scored a try following an excellent passage of play from a wayward Dudley kick. This passage of play started when Yarwood ran the ball back and linked up with McPherson, Harrap and Brent; many others can’t remember. This was the only time Moseley were able to put any pace or width on the game and must surely have convinced the Moseley players what to do next! Instead of getting the ball wide Moseley played route-one play and got repeatedly smashed by the Dudley forwards.

The first half finished 10-5 to Dudley and this was not a fair reflection on the play. Dudley should have been more points in front, and would have been, at least one try went begging right under the Moseley posts. Everyone thought Dudley would be put under the same pressure Moseley were in the first half but sadly this was not the case.

I have not witnessed too many second halves which have been scoreless, but full marks to Dudley who showed great commitment and deserved to go through to the North Midlands final. How they celebrated at the final whistle showed how much it meant to them.

The Moseley Colts now need to show what they are made of and put in quality performances in the remaining coaching sessions. A bitterly disappointing result and a worse performance but there are still many games left in the season.