Nottingham Colts 29 Moseley Colts 5 - January 28th 2006
With only 2 games in the previous 8 weeks and 2 blank weeks to come prior to the National Cup match against West Hartlepool, Moseley were glad to arrange a fixture with their East Midlands rivals at Beeston.
With 5 players absent through injury etc. the opportunity arose to give the remainder of the squad time on the pitch, a real problem when not playing regular matches. The opposition fielded a massive pack and it was obvious that the strong Moseley forwards would have plenty to deal with and needed to start well. They didn't, and the home side took full advantage of the fact.
Within the first 15-20 minutes they sliced open the Moseley backs through a combination of excellent handling and non-existent tackling to score 3 tries.
Only after this disastrous start did the visiting forwards begin to get their act together and bring themselves back into the game. There was a further score for Notts. but to their credit Moseley got themselves onto the scoreboard just before half-time with a forward carry from a penalty, releasing Ollie Edwards to cross the line in the corner.
The second half was a much more competitive period with the visitors putting far more pressure on and keeping the play at the Notts. end for a lengthy spell. With no cutting edge behind the scrum however the efforts were rather one dimensional and no points were registered. Having held firm, the home side were able to capitalise on an attack and posted a further score.
So, the side beaten by a decent outfit on the day, some valuable time on the pitch, but...another clutch of injuries which are now reaching epidemic proportions and threatening the squad strength and the build-up to the cup match.
Still, the lads reached the final last year on a diet of poor training facilities, no perks and patched up sides. Lets hope they are as hungry this time.
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