Moseley Colts 36 Scunthorpe Colts 0 - January 14th 2006
A convincing victory over their northern visitors saw Moseley into the 5th round of the National Colts Cup. Scunthorpe, a NL&D side but recently moved into the Yorkshire leagues, arrived with a good playing record but found the going very tough from the outset.
The strong Moseley pack took the upper hand from the start and, playing up the slope, forced Scunthorpe on to the defensive. Within 3 minutes, a good Moseley lineout play brought about a penalty which Mark Coulson duly converted.
On 7 minutes the next score was registered when, from strong driving play by the forwards, debutant hooker Llyr Lloyd broke away around the opposition 10 metres and outpaced the defence. Coulson converted to make it 10-0 and a great start to the game.
More scores should have followed but a combination of solid midfield tackling and general determination from Scunthorpe and a little rustiness on Moseley's part ( only 1 game in December and 0 this year ) meant the scoreboard wasn`t troubled again until the home side inflicted a hammer blow immediately before half-time.
One of the best plays of the game saw several phases of play before Matt Larkin sliced through the opposition midfield to score under the posts. With Coulson again being successful, the score at the break was 17-0 and with the slope to come, Moseley were in a very strong position.
The second half was dominated completely by the powerful Moseley pack who picked and drove close with increasing success as the opposition began to tire.
Within the first 5 minutes the Moseley 9, David Gregory made a sharp break following a series of plays and a free-kick was conceded. The pack carried the ball forward and Scunthorpe, under serious pressure infringed again with massive consequences. Their prop was yellow-carded and the Moseley pack carried the ball to give Nigel Burrows the touchdown and Coulson his fourth success of the day.
Now Scunthorpe were under almost constant pressure and found it very difficult to get away from their line. They were to their credit, turning over a number of balls but were unable then to keep possession. Constant pressure gave the Moseley 9 another sharp break which the forwards again latched onto for Robin Bayliss to get the final touchdown. With another conversion from Coulson the score was now 31-0.
It was during one of the home sides excellent driving plays that 2nd row Mark Newton sustained a serious injury. The maul which he was leading had travelled a good distance when it was brought down and he suffered a broken collar-bone. This is a 3 month injury and very unfortunate for the player and the squad.
Finally from some broken play again near the Scunthorpe line, Jake Savage, now at outside centre instead of in the 10 shirt, collected the ball and went in wide out. With the kick being missed the final score was 36-0 and Moseley safe through to the 5th round where they will face West Hartlepool, again at home. Well done the squad!
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