Senior Academy Match Report V Bedford Blues (Home) Sat 29/09/2007 

Moseley Colts 0 Bedford 26 - 29th September 2007

1.Tom Garrity
2.Will Caesar
3.Dan Toth
4.Mark Deaville
5.Clark Hands
6.Dan Lavander. Captain
7.James Weaver
8.Matthew Tibbatts
9.Stuart Doust
10.Alexander Warner
11.Lee Nixon
12.Sam Brent
13.Jim McGorrigan
14.Sam Yarwood
15.James Oliver

Ben Thirby, Jon Betty, Ciaron Murphy, Peter Hitter, David Adderley, Andy Hawkins, Marcus Chandler

Bad day at the office? Put it down to experience? An off day? Too many players injured? Any kind of cliché won’t take away that it was a very flat and poor display from the Moseley colts against Bedford. Following some easy wins and a cracking performance against Leeds, Moseley had confidence and everything was set up perfectly for a belting game in glorious conditions at Billesley Common.

However, only one team turned up. Moseley received the kick off and seemed to look good as they attacked Bedford but from the first minute you could tell this was not going to be a good day. Moseley quickly fell into a pattern of poor decision making and making the easy things look difficult. With the perfect conditions helping the colts play their running game, a number of players choose to aimlessly kick away possession and allow Bedford to counter attack with a weak chasing game. This was compounded by a lack lustre approach at lineout time when the colts failed to vary the options and enabled Bedford to steal ball.

The colts first up tackling will have to be addressed as we go into an important month with games against Market Bosworth, National cup game, Worcester and finish October with the Leicester Tigers. Only desperate scrambling defence; and Bedford’s decision making; kept Bedford to 14 nil at half time. The second half followed a similar pattern of play and ended 26 nil to Bedford. It could and should have been much more to Bedford.

On the positive side, the general feeling versus Bedford was that we never got going, credit to Bedford for not allowing us to. We will rectify things and give them a much better game in the return fixture. The season will be a long journey and we need to realise that we have to concentrate on doing the basics well. However, we have to go into every game willing to make things happen and don’t expect things to happen. There is a difference. We have to be switched on. I’m expecting a big improvement in attitude and performance at training and games during October!

Roll on Market Bosworth!

Clive Galloway, Moseley Colts Head Coach