1st XV Match Report V Esher (Away) Sat 10/12/2011 

 

Esher Rugby

14 - 29

Moseley

 

Charlie Walker

15

Anthony Carter

 

 

Geoffrey Griffiths

14

William Robinson

 

 

Philip MacKenzie

13

Greg King

 

 

Mark Atkinson

12

Andy Reay

 

 

Andrew Wright

11

Bradley Hunt

 

 

Nicky Little

10

Bradley Davies

 

 

Jamie MacKenzie

9

Ryan Glynn

 

 

David Millard

1

Thomas Warren

 

 

Stuart Mackie

2

Adam Caves

 

 

James Gethings

3

Craig Voisey

 

 

Paul Barker

4

Daniel Sanderson

 

 

Matthew Symons

5

Paul Spivey

 

 

Shaun Renwick

6

Neil Mason

 

 

Sam Stitcher

7

Michael Ellery

 

 

Michael MacFarlane

8

Chevvy Pennycook

 

Replacements

 

James Campbell

16

Colin Quigley

 
 

Nicholas Mayhew

17

Richard Stott

 
 

Michael Blakeburn

18

Anthony O'Donnell

 
 

John Downey

19

Michael Maltman

 
 

Arran Cruickshanks

20

Charley Thomas

 
 

Sam Edgerley

21

Ryan De La Harpe

 
 

Andrew Garner

22

Oliver Thomas

 

 

 

Match Statistics

 

 

Min

Score

 

Try Philip MacKenzie

11

5 - 0

 

Con Mark Atkinson

11

7 - 0

 
 

25

7 - 5

Try Andy Reay

 

25

7 - 7

Con Bradley Davies

 

30

7 - 7

Rep Oliver Thomas For Andy Reay

 

32

7 - 12

Try Neil Mason

 

32

7 - 14

Con Oliver Thomas

 

41

7 - 19

Try Greg King

 

41

7 - 21

Con Oliver Thomas

 

47

7 - 26

Try Anthony Carter

 

47

7 - 26

Miss Con Oliver Thomas

Rep Arran Cruickshanks For Nicky Little

48

7 - 26

 

Rep Michael Blakeburn For Matthew Symons

48

7 - 26

 
 

50

7 - 29

Pen Oliver Thomas

Try Charlie Walker

54

12 - 29

 

Con Mark Atkinson

54

14 - 29

 

Rep Nicholas Mayhew For James Gethings

55

14 - 29

 

Rep James Campbell For Stuart Mackie

55

14 - 29

 

Rep Andrew Garner For Jamie MacKenzie

55

14 - 29

 

Rep Sam Edgerley For Geoffrey Griffiths

69

14 - 29

 

Rep John Downey For Shaun Renwick

69

14 - 29

 
 

74

14 - 29

Rep Michael Maltman For Neil Mason

 

74

14 - 29

Rep Richard Stott For Daniel Sanderson

 

 

Venue

Molesey Road

Attendance

789

Weather

Dry

Referee

Stephen Lee

 

 

(Match details courtesy of Rugby Roundup)

 

Match report

By Brian Dick – Birmingham Post

 

Moseley's march up the Championship table took two steps forward at Molesey Road with an impressive dismissal of beleaguered Esher.

 

This bonus point victory, their fourth win of the league campaign, saw them leap-frog both Plymouth Albion and London Scottish and in doing so the thin thread by which their top eight hopes once hung, now looks a little stronger.

 

Maybe even strong enough for them to haul themselves out of the bottom four and into the promotion play-offs. Now that really would be a Great Escape.

 

Can they do it? They can. Will they do it? The next two months will tell us that but they will stand a chance as long as they continue to perform as they have done in the last two weeks.

 

The victories over Doncaster and Esher were not achieved with perfect displays but they were good enough to demonstrate Moseley still deserve their place in the second tier.

 

Especially when their forwards operate with the determination they showed here and while it is probably good enough to say that to a man they were hugely admirable, Tom Warren and Chevvy Pennycook warrant special mention.

 

Warren because he is a young man, learning on the job in the scrum while never letting his standards drop in the loose, where he was a constant menace with the ball and without it.

 

And Pennycook's tireless running is even more admirable considering the fact he spent much of last week in bed suffering with flu. He really is a gem.

 

But there was a resilience about the collective too. They lost David Lyons to a hand injury in the warm up and Dan Sanderson came in unfazed and played well.

 

And skipper Andy Reay left the field after half an hour with a recurrence of the rib injury he picked up at Nottingham.

 

But unlike Meadow Lane where their midfield defence crumbled in their captain's absence, Moseley reorganised by shunting Greg King to No. 12 and bringing Anthony Carter forward to outside centre. After that the Red and Black line was breached only once.

 

And even then that was merely to concede a consolation try to the impressive Esher full back Charlie Walker.

 

By that stage Mose were 29-7 ahead following Reay's exchange of passes with Sanderson and Neil Mason's twisting touch down in the first half.

 

 

King was jonny-on-the-spot when Esher spilled in their own 22 early in the second and Carter finished off an excellent move initiated by the impressive Brad Davies and sustained by the equally good Billy Robinson.

 

Perhaps even more noteworthy was the manner in which the Moseley forwards strangled the life out of the final half hour. No one will fancy playing Kevin Maggs' upwardly mobile outfit at the moment.