1st XV Match Report V Doncaster Knights (Away) Sat 17/09/2011 

 

Doncaster

(22) 29

 

Moseley

(7) 21

Tries

Keating, Bradford, Goss, McIlwaine

 

 

Reay, B Pons, Maltman

O Thomas, B Davis 2

 

 

Con

Luke 3

 

 

 

 

Pen

Luke

 

 

 

 

Attend

707

 

 

 

 

Referee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doncaster

 

Moseley

David McIlwaine

15

Anthony Carter

Douglas Flockhart

14

William Robinson

Ollie Goss

13

Jack Adams

Petaia Gidlow

12

Greg King

Michael Keating

11

Bradley Hunt

Thomas Luke

10

Bradley Davies

Chris Hallam

9

Samuel Brown

Stuart Corsar

1

Craig Voisey

Steven Boden

2

Richard Protherough

Alex Brown

3

Anthony O'Donnell

Glen Kenworthy

4

Daniel Sanderson

Dom Parsons

5

Paul Spivey

Matthew Challinor

6

Michael Maltman

David Bradford

7

Ben Pons

Andy Boyde

8

Michael Ellery

 

Replacements

 

Andrew Brown

16

Neil Mason

Jack Yeandle

17

Colin Quigley

Royce Burke - Flynn

18

Marshall Gadd

Adam Kettle

19

Richard Stott

Mike Whitehead

20

Andy Reay

Lee Audis

21

Ryan Glynn

Ben Toft

22

Oliver Thomas

 

Match Summary

(With thanks to Rugby Round-up)

 

Moseley

Min

Score

Nottingham

Pen Thomas Luke

04

3 - 0

 

Try David Bradford

14

8 - 0

 

Con Thomas Luke

14

10 - 0

 

Try David McIlwaine

19

15 - 0

 

Miss Con Thomas Luke

19

15 - 0

 

Try Michael Keating

37

20 - 0

 

Con Thomas Luke

37

22 - 0

 

 

40

22 - 5

Try Ben Pons

 

40

22 - 7

Con Bradley Davies

 

49

22 - 7

Rep Colin Quigley For Richard Protherough (Tactical)

 

49

22 - 7

Rep Marshall Gadd For Craig Voisey (Tactical)

 

49

22 - 7

Rep Neil Mason For Ben Pons (Injury)

Try Ollie Goss

53

27 - 7

 

Con Thomas Luke

53

29 - 7

 

 

55

29 - 12

Try Michael Maltman

 

55

29 - 14

Con Bradley Davies

Rep Adam Kettle For David Bradford (Tactical)

55

29 - 14

 

 

58

29 - 14

Rep Andy Reay For Jack Adams (Tactical)

Rep Mike Whitehead For Petaia Gidlow (Tactical)

62

29 - 14

 

Rep Andrew Brown For Stuart Corsar (Tactical)

62

29 - 14

 

Rep Jack Yeandle For Steven Boden (Tactical)

62

29 - 14

 

 

63

29 - 14

Rep Richard Stott For Michael Ellery (Injury)

 

63

29 - 14

Rep Ryan Glynn For Samuel Brown (Injury)

Rep Royce Burke - Flynn For Alex Brown (Injury)

70

29 - 14

 

 

82

29 - 19

Try Andy Reay

 

82

29 - 21

Con Oliver Thomas

Match report

- Brian Dick,  The Birmingham Post

 

The problem with the RFU Championship in its current structure, or at least one of the manifold problems, is that the relatively short regular season leaves very little margin for error.

 

Even with the 2011-12 campaign at this embryonic stage the sense of time and games ticking by is palpable. Even now, just three matches in, it feels as though Moseley's search for their first victory under Kevin Maggs is becoming a pressing issue.

 

Moseley have already played three of their first tranche of 22 games and elsewhere around the league the scramble to make the top eight has already begun in earnest.

 

Only Moseley and Esher are yet to register a victory which makes next Saturday's meeting between the two sides perhaps more important than your average round four encounter should be.

 

That's certainly the vibe coming from the Mose squad, which for the second week running was left disappointed by a failure to pick up a even single point.

 

It should be said the situation is way short of desperate, just increasingly urgent and full back Anthony Carter knows it is time to prove that the pre-season promise following a summer of regime change, is more than hot air.

 

" There is no doubt about it we are a better squad," the Welshman said. "I have got full confidence in every lad either side of me, whoever pulls the shirt on in the27-man squad. "We are in a better position than we were last year as far as squad but we are the only ones who can show that and we need to start doing that on a Saturday.

 

"It's all well and good training well but Saturday is the thing that counts."

 

And for the first 40 minutes at Castle Park there was a collective inability to grasp that fact. Perhaps relieved to have got through their first two challenging matches, Moseley couldn't emulate the commitment and passion of those encounters with Cornish Pirates and Nottingham.

 

As a result they allowed Doncaster, led by Tom Luke their makeshift fly half, to dictate proceedings and open a 22-0 lead that was always going to be very difficult to overhaul.

 

In the end Moseley had a reasonably good go and after Ben Pons had ended the first half by leading the Doncaster defence a merry dance, they dominated the second period.

 

And had referee Steve Lee not ruled out Greg King's try for crossing and stuck to an apparent Moseley advantage when Ollie Goss intercepted Jack Adams, it might have been different.

 

But in truth they were always going to be made to pay for their lackadaisical start. It is something Carter says Moseley must avoid in future.

 

"We have got enough experience in the team to know that and we need to learn that lesson now and take it forward," he claims.

 

"After today we will be positive, we will take it forward, it's a great group of lads, I have no doubt we will learn from this and improve."  And no better time to do it than against Esher next weekend.