Moseley Colts 10 West Hartlepool Colts 13 - January 14th 2006
Moseley's interest in this years National Colts Cup came to a disappointing conclusion with this narrow defeat to their visitors from the north-east.
Leading 10-3 at the break and going down the slope in the second period, the plan was simple; 1/ play the game in the opposition final quarter by kicking for position, and 2/ give no penalties away. Both these instructions were ignored, the ball was run (attempted) from well within the home half with no ground being gained and the penalty count was awful. Result, no pressure on the opposition were it hurts and little continuity in the Moseley play.
The first half saw Moseley under severe pressure for the opening 10 minutes as W. Hartlepool started very strongly. Sound defence by the home side however withstood these early exchanges and the game became a very even contest. The early injury to inside-centre Matt Durber (yet another to add to the list) was a big blow but gradually the home side began to gain a bigger share of the play.
Finally, the stalemate was broken in the 29th minute when Mark Coulson kicked a penalty to give Moseley a 3 point lead. Immediately, pressure was again applied in the visitors 22 and this led to another penalty which the forwards drove forward to cross the line, Lee Madelin getting the touchdown and Coulson converting. The final 5 minutes of the half saw Moseley giving away silly penalties, one of which was kicked to give a half-time score of 10-3.
The rest is now history as a game that was there to be won was lost due to the previously mentioned shortcomings. It would be wrong to give no credit to West Hartlepool however because from being down at the break they were good enough to take advantage of the Moseley play to push up the pitch on many occasions through good kicking and then keep the home side there. Well done to their squad and coaches and good luck in the next round.
Although the result went awry, there were a number of decent individual performances from Moseley players and none more so than from James Thomas. James is one of those unsung players who goes quietly about his game fulfilling his team duties. He has developed into a very sound player whose name is amongst the first on the team sheet and his worth to the team is clear. On Saturday he led from the front, well done James.
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