MOSELEY 22 RICHMOND 20
NAT CUP QUARTER-FINAL 19TH MARCH 2011
Moseley Under 19 Colts progressed to the semi-final stage of the National Colts Cup, where they will play Redingensians (away) on the weekend of 16th/17th April.
In a hard-fought encounter, Moseley prevailed over a determined and skilful Richmond team running out winners by 22-20; a successful penalty goal by Caolan Ryan in the last two minutes being the decisive score.
The game could have gone either way but ultimately, the resilience of the Moseley defence countered the bludgeon of the Richmond attack. It has to be acknowledged that two of the Richmond tries were debatable. One was definitely held up (according to the Richmond team manager who was on the spot) another was almost certainly in touch before grounding but the unsighted ref chose to accept the word of the linesman. C’est la vie; thankfully it didn’t alter the result!
The relief at the final whistle was palpable and the contrasting reactions of both teams showed just how much the result meant to each of them; Moseley elated, Richmond out on their feet and some spread-eagled on the ground in disappointment. We know how they feel having been beaten in this round in previous years. Good luck to them for the rest of the season.
This week provides a different, though potentially equally difficult, challenge as we take on near neighbours, Bromsgrove in the quarter final of the North Midlands Cup (Billesley, 3pm). Some of the squad who were unavailable for last week will be given an opportunity to shine, as we rest players who are carrying niggling injuries. All support welcome. - Simon Bartlett
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