Senior Academy Match Report V Wolverhampton (National Cup) (Away) Sat 15/10/2005 

Wolverhampton 10 Moseley 34 - National U19 Colts Cup October 15th 2005

Playing at Castlecroft on a pleasant autumn afternoon, Moseley progressed through to the 3rd round of the National Cup without too many problems. The Wolverhampton players were game, defended well and never let their heads drop, but couldn’t match their opponents in ability, power or pace.

Moseley dominated almost throughout, had the major share of possession and should have scored more points but at times again took wrong options when simple movement of the ball would have sufficed.

The 1st half started well with Moseley playing at pace and winning phase after phase, only the occasional penalty or poor final pass/catch preventing a score.

Twelve minutes into the half saw Moseley opt to take a penalty through the forwards for Lee Madelin to touch down. Ollie Edwards converted. Within 2 minutes another score had arrived in a totally different fashion.

From a Wolverhampton scrum inside Moseley’s 10 metre line, pressure forced the ball to squirt out, Dave Edwards the Moseley no.9, scooped it up and ran 30 metres before giving an excellent offload to his namesake Ollie who ran in for the score.

The game followed a predictable pattern for the next 15 minutes with the Moseley forwards dominating affairs up front but no further scores arriving. However, from a rare visit inside their 10 metres, Moseley infringed and the Wolverhampton kicker made no mistake with the penalty to make it 3-12 with 5 minutes to go.

This score seemed to spur Moseley on and they immediately went back on the attack to force another penalty. The kick was spurned in favour of another forward play which again was successful, Madelin once more touching down. Half-time score 3-17.

The 2nd half brought more of the same with Moseley pressing at every opportunity, The hard, direct running of the Moseley players was taking its toll of the opposition and from a scrum inside the Wolves 22, Nigel Burrows was finally rewarded for his persistence when he picked up at the base of the scrum and forced his way over. Edwards (O) kicked the conversion.

Twelve minutes into the half, the best try of the match arrived when a succession of phases took the ball into the home sides 22; the ball was swiftly recycled to be passed through four pairs of hands for Joe Knight to finish the play in the corner.

This try showed that the ability to move the ball was there and should have been utilised on more occasions earlier in the match. With the score at 3-29 the game was surely safe but it was only a few minutes later that Moseley were to be taught a salutary lesson. Never lose concentration assuming that the game is over.

No one told Wolverhampton that they shouldn’t keep trying and from a penalty against Moseley around the home side 10 metres a quick tap saw the ball transferred to the winger who went through three sloppy attempted tackles, outpaced the cover and rounded the fullback to score. More cover may have been available if the players in the middle of the park had made any sort of effort to get back 10 metres at the penalty.

A communal lack of concentration then and a lesson that has hopefully been learned when no serious damage has been done. Seriously embarrassed, the side regrouped to use the final minutes to once again carry the game into their opponents 22 and force more errors to gain a further penalty. Once again the forwards elected to carry the ball up - this time releasing Knight on the wing for his 2nd try of the match.

In the 3rd round Moseley has a home tie against Lichfield who started the season well, being unbeaten to date.