Senior Academy Match Report V Lichfield (National Cup) (Home) Sat 05/11/2005 

Moseley Colts 29 Lichfield Colts 10 - November 5th 2005

Passage through to the national rounds of the K.O. Cup after Xmas was Moseley's reward for this justly deserved win, although it took until the final third of the game to overcome their capable opponents. Down the slope and into the wind is an unlikely combination on the colts pitch but that was the scenario presented to the home side after the visitors had won the toss. It was fairly obvious from the start that Lichfield were not at Billesley to make up the numbers, but harboured ambition of their own to progress in the competition.

The game opened at a good pace and both sides were winning a share of the ball. Lichfield for their part had a strong set of backs, playing off a very good fly half, who were nullifying ball played through the Moseley backs. Their tackling was stopping the home side getting into their stride and from the Moseley viewpoint it was rather disjointed.

Twenty minutes into the half the first points were registered when Moseley conceded a penalty deep in opposition territory. Lichfield tapped and went, whilst a number of the opposition were asleep, and ran 70 metres to outpace the remaining defence. The kick was converted to give Lichfield the lead 0-7. Word was passed to the Moseley forwards to take on their opponents more, both through pick and drive and from the back-row.

This paid dividends almost immediately when from a pick up from the base of the scrum the ball was transferred to Ollie Edwards who crossed for Moseley's first try. Within another five minutes a carry by the powerful home forwards, 30 metres out, led to lock Mark Newton getting the final touch. The last 10 minutes of the half saw more competitive play by both sides, but without troubling the scoreboard, as defences held firm.

Lichfield made the first move of the second half when taking advantage of a Moseley transgression at a breakdown and slotting the penalty. The game was undergoing a change however with constant pressure from the Moseley forwards wearing down their opponents defences, and holes beginning to appear. Also having a bearing on the game was the ability of the home side to allow Lichfield no time in the Moseley  22. The first available ball was sent 50-60 metres back up the slope and consequently morale rose for the home side with the opposite effect for the opposition. Fourteen minutes into the half, one such relieving kick put Moseley in a strong attacking position and from an ensuing scrum the ball was again deposited into the hands of Ollie Edwards to earn his second try of the day.

Five minutes more brought another try when forward carries again ended with the ball in the hands of the winger, Joe Knight being the finisher this time. A first successful conversion went to Ollie Edwards to make the score 22-10. Three minutes later and the home side were cutting loose when harrying pressure from the Moseley  centres forced a spilt ball in front of their opponents posts and flanker Fred Rodwell was on hand to scoop it up and dive over, Edwards again being successful with the kick. With no further scores 29-6 was a good result for the team.

The only downside to the day was a series of injuries to key players that may disrupt the progress of the side given that the next three games are all hard ones. As far as this cup competition is concerned the next round will be in early January