Colts recover from a timid start to upset Visitors.
By Harry Griffiths.
Moseley 34 – 23 Nottingham Academy
On a typical wind swept afternoon in the micro climate that is Billesely Common, a depleted Moseley Colts side, which included a flanker on the wing, overcame a well organised Nottingham Academy.
It seemed that the early 2pm kick off had thrown a few players out of sync as Moseley quickly conceded 2 tries in the first 10 minutes resulting from poor tackling and an inability to operate our defensive structure. Fortunately both conversion attempts were missed; 10-0 to Nottingham.
The Moseley players reacted well to this rude awakening and were immediately on the front foot from the second restart, working hard to undermine Nottingham's early superiority.
After a 30 yard dash through the middle from full-back Ryan Millar, Moseley set up controlled phase play moving the ball from one side of the pitch to the other steadily making ground. From the base of the ruck on the right hand side Ben Morgan had the presence of mind to snare down the blindside drawing in the guard then releasing Moseley's number 6 Hayden Pitt down the right touch line. Pitt, out pacing two players on his way to the try line, scored near the right corner making it 10-5 to Nottingham. On a difficult day for place kicking, Ben Morgan missed the resulting conversion due to the strong winds.
Moseley fullback Millar was a constant thorn in the side of Nottingham, making late runs from deep and creating some real go forward by always looking for the next pass. This was seen in its full glory as Millar equalised the score from a good rehearsed move which allowed him time on the ball to ghost past the opposing players making it 10-10. The conversion attempt was again unsuccessful.
Following a shaky start to the first half a positive display ensued from Moseley's never say die attitude and their ability to play whilst going into the wind. As a consequence, confidence was high within the Moseley ranks at the half time break; in the second half Moseley would have the advantage of playing down wind and downhill.
Unsurprisingly however Nottingham came out resurgent in the second half, following some stern words from their coaching team, winning a penalty directly in front of the Moseley posts and slotting it for 3 points, after a sustained period of pressure in Moseley's 22.
Moseley 10 – Nottingham 13.
In similar fashion to the first half, the Moseley team reacted extremely well to going behind and were effective in reclaiming the kick off from Ben Morgan. With play sweeping left, Ryan Millar made yet another darting run, then neatly placed a grubber kick through for winger Jack McLaren to scurry past 2 opposing players and pounce on the ball to score a try, making it 15-13. Once again Ben was unsuccessful with a very difficult conversion attempt.
Mid-way through the half, a second try from Millar made the score 20-13 in favour of the home team. However the best piece of play was to come after a Nottingham try, as somehow Ben Meadows managed to get his lanky frame in the way of a conversion attempt from right in front of the posts thus preventing the extra 2 points and, critically, meaning that Moseley maintained a slim advantage in the score line at 20-18.
Late in the game, with confidence buoyed by Meadows’ heroics and Moseley in the ascendency 2 tries were scored by fly half Ben Morgan. Both of these were spectacularly converted from touchline positions (one on either side) to make it 34-18 with a few minutes to play. Despite a late rally from Nottingham which resulted in the final score of the game, Moseley comfortably held out and so maintain their current unbeaten streak by coming out winners by 34pts-23pts
It is clear for all to see that there are a number of areas that need to be addressed if this team are to match or outdo the dizzy heights which were achieved last year. However with an influx of new recruits and influential players yet to return, perhaps this could be the year that Moseley Colts really do make a big statement on the National Colts stage.
So all that is left to be said is WATCH THIS SPACE.
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