Ludlow Colts 0 Moseley Colts 13
Passing flooded fields on the way to the far-reaches of North Midlands territory, it was difficult to imagine a game of rugby being played on on a riverside pitch that had been churned up with a match the day before. For some it was difficult knowing how many laps of the castle were necessary before finding the ground !
Notwithstanding these difficulties, all the squad, coaches and supporters made it to the ground, the pitch was in very good condition given the heavy rainfall and previous match and the cup-tie was on.
What a game it was, with the conditions dictating the "style" of play both teams committed themselves to the fray. There were always going to be mistakes and in particular handling errors and therefore the team able to look after the ball best was likely to prevail, and so it proved. Moseley took an early lead after 6 minutes when the home side conceded a penalty just outside their 22, and Alex Warner was successful with the kick. It was difficult for either side to maintain pressure for any period but the visitors looked the more likely to score as the half went on.
After 22 minutes, a Moseley short lineout around the opposition 22 saw a good catch and drive for Matt Tibbatts to claim the touchdown and increase the lead to 0-8. Halftime afforded a well-earned rest for both sides. A change of strip would have been a great asset as it was becoming difficult to tell the sides apart.
The second half reproduced the effort of the first although with the wind now in their favour, Ludlow were now able to spend time in the Moseley 22. Moseleys game management in this period settled the game. They withstood all that was thrown at them until an opposition mistake allowed them to clear their lines.
John Perks at fullback did exactly what you would ask for in such conditions, and never gave the Ludlow kick-chasers a sniff. Best of all, in their one major visit to the Ludlow 22, they either retained the ball or never let the home side get the ball away too far. It was from a Ludlow lineout ball that Clark Hands stole the throw to set up an unstoppable drive to the line with Tibbatts again getting the try.
With the score remaining at 0-13 Moseley now go through to the next round of the North Midlands Cup. Great credit should go to both sides for their part in this hard fought, sporting encounter. Conditions do not get much worse.
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