1st XV Match Preview V Plymouth Albion (Away) Fri 28/10/2011 

Friday sees Moseley make the trek down to Plymouth to face a team currently 2 places and 5 points above Moseley in the Championship table.

 

Like Moseley Plymouth have again found the start of their Campaign a tough one. To date they have managed 3 wins over Esher, London Scottish and Rotherham, while narrow loses to Cornish Pirates and London Welsh must leave them feeling they are deserving of a better return for their efforts.

 

With a view to expanding the game plan from primarily utilising its strong forward base coach Graham Dawe has signed a number of new players this season. Amongst these recruits Full Back James Love, the runaway leading points scorer in National League Three South, signed from Hartpury College.

 

The two teams are certainly no strangers to each other having met 4 times last season in the Championship and once already this season in the B&I Cup.

 

For the record the results of these recent encounters were.

 

2010/11

 

30/10

Moseley

22 – 36

Plymouth

5/2

Plymouth

6 – 6

Moseley

11/3

Plymouth

37 – 17

Moseley

16/4

Moseley

30 – 25

Plymouth

 

 

 

 

2011/12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

21/9

Moseley

29 - 25

Plymouth

 

 

This seasons B&I Cup match proved to be an exciting encounter with Moseley scoring 4 tries to Plymouths three, clinching it in the final 5 minutes with a penalty try. This match saw one of the few times this season that Moseley were able to overturn their customary first half deficit to actually win the game. One thing that is certain on Friday is that both teams will look significantly different from the ones that contested the game in September where both sides fielded there “B&I” squads of younger/fringe players. If Moseley do not perform to their potential at Plymouth a number of fringe players might rightly think there time to be given a chance has arrived.

 

Frustration was a common emotion through the club last weekend where for 20 minutes at the end of the first half the team, for some unexplainable reason, seemed to hold back and let Rotherham dominate play. For the other 60 minutes Moseley were able to hold their own against a very strong opposition.

 

Positives that can be taken from the game were a very strong performance from on loan back row Drew Harper, and a welcome return back to Billesley for Ryan De La Harpe following his World Cup experience.

 

If we were looking for any reasons to feel optimistic about this match is that Moseley seem to have an exceptional record in the last few seasons when it comes to evening kick offs. Let’s hope the trend continues this Friday.