North Midland Colts League
Moseley 55 – Telford Hornets 3
The under nineteen Colts started the second half of the league season with a return match against Telford, the game being played on the Common.
Telford kicked off with the steady breeze behind them. Moseley collected the ball and after several phases Ben Meadows made a powerful run, eventually being hauled down in the opposing 22. Quick recycling and crisp passing resulted in Myles Hibbs powering over the line for the first try, Ben Morgan gratefully accepting the conversion.
The Telford restart was kicked direct into touch and from the scrum on the centre mark Moseley won their own ball. More quick work saw the ball passed out to the right hand side for Jamie Wale who used his pace to streak downfield before touching down behind the posts giving another easy conversion to Morgan.
Moseley continued to dominate but were not being as clinical as they could have been, as more opportunities to score came and went. It was not long however before the next score came from a well worked line out on the Telford 22. Moseley caught and drove downfield before releasing the ball to the back line. With the ball whipped out to the left hand side Yousuf Siddiqui was on hand to finish of a fine move.
Not to be outdone by the backs the forwards decided to take charge. With the ball in hand they drove from half way and into the Telford 22. The drive stuttered but the ball was passed to Hayden Pitt who broke away and powered towards the line before passing inside to fellow flanker Myles Hibbs to force his way over the line underneath the posts.
Moseley were soon back in the opposition 22 with a line out. The ball was passed off the top to the backs and Jamie Wale was too fast and powerful for the defenders and scored to the right hand side of the posts.
A period of broken play followed with Moseley allowing Telford some time on the ball. A series of penalties against the home team allowed the visitors to progress up field before they accepted Moseley’s invitation to score from a penalty, in front on the 22
Encouraged by some sharp words from their coaches, Moseley seemed to wake up again and were soon pressurising the Telford line once more. They thought they had scored a try, but the referee rued the ball held up - he was already playing a penalty advantage for an earlier infringement on the five metre line. Moseley took it quickly, with Ben Meadows crashing through the defensive line to score.
Moseley won a scrum against the head on the half way line and released the backs to progress the ball down field. Telford managed to stop the run, only for the Moseley forwards to pile in. After a few phases of play the ball was eventually worked out wide to the right and with the defence stretched Ross Biddle used his pace to score under the posts.
Moseley gathered the restart and several good runs and passes found Jack Mclaren on the wing who in turn used his pace to run in under the posts.
There was time left in the half for one more score, again the forwards and backs combining to good effect. From a ruck just inside the 22 the ball was passed infield finding Jordan Oliver who made a jinking run through several tackles to score.
The referee soon blew for half time, and with the score standing at 55-3, beyond the fifty point margin, the match as well.
Credit should be given to the lads for a comprehensive victory – after all you can only play against what is in front of you. But there is still room for improvement. Hopefully they will realise this before they face the sterner tests to come.
Backs: R Biddle, J McLaren, Y Siddiqui, J Wale, C Wellington, J Oliver, B Morgan
Forwards: J Lawless Fisher, J Ballie, A Coton, J Coleman, T Dalton, H Pitt, M Hibbs, B Meadows
Replacements: C Owen, L Bartlam, R Luscombe, C Ward, D Brazier
Myles Hibbs (2 mins, 13 mins)
Jamie Wale (4 Mins, 16 mins)
Yousuf Siddiqui (11 mins)
Ben Meadows (28 mins)
Ross Biddle (30 mins)
Jack Mclaren (32 mins)
Jordan Oliver (34 mins)
Ben Morgan (5)
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