Report by Nick Crowson
Moseley Under 10's win NM Plate Final
The U10s at last got their hands on some silverware with victory in the plate final competition of the North Mids Festival. Over the six 12 minute games played, the team only conceded two tries.
Sixteen under 10s teams arrived to compete in the Festival. Moseley’s was drawn in the Leagues stages with Dudley Kingswinsford, Droitwich and Bredon. The team exploded out of the blocks scoring three tries (Ollie, Stan, Warwick) against DK in the first half and Will rounding off the match with a fourth try near the end of time.
The importance of this score would only become apparent at the end of the day. Second match was against a strong Droitwich team, but Moseley showed themselves to be more than able to compete.
Droitwich went up by one try before half time, and in the final minute Moseley thought they had secured the equaliser when Ben went over, only to have the try disallowed for a player being off-side. The final league game was against Bredon, who were topping the League.
Again it was an exceptionally close match, and the defence displayed by both teams were superb, but ultimately Bredon snatched victory with a solitary try. In the end the two League losses came down to the narrowest of margins.
For the quarter-finals of the plate, Moseley found themselves drawn against Stourbridge (who has won Moseley’s own festival last season). The match was a try-fest for Moseley with Ollie, Callum, Warwick and Alfie all making the score sheet.
Victory now meant they were playing against Hereford in the semis. Once more assured Moseley defence snuffed out any Hereford threat and strong attacking play saw Ben and Warwick score before half time, Hector then finished off the game with a second half try.
For the plate final Moseley found, with Jamie as captain, themselves facing unknown opponents in the form of Newport. The game was a tense affair, both for players, coaches and parents alike! Some last gasp Moseley defence work saved a couple of tries, and likewise strong defence from Newport snuffed out a number of promising Moseley attacks.
At the final whistle the game remained nil-nil, and both teams fell silent as officials consulted the competition rules to determine who would be the winners. The celebrations of the Moseley boys on hearing that it was tries scored in the League rounds, which clinched them victory, was well deserved!
This was an all-round team performance, which pleased the coaches enormously. Each player worked hard in defence, whilst those playing in the front three (Stan, Jamie, Max, Tom and Cameron) showed themselves to be strong scrummagers (consistently winning ball against the head) which enabled the backs to launched their attacks.
A special mention should also be made to Matt who was the team’s nominated referee, and whose services were repeatedly called upon.
Team Squad: Alfie, Warwick, Jamie, Cameron, Ed, Hector, Tom, Stan, Will, Ben, Max, Callum, Ollie.
League Game1: vs Dudley Kingswinsford 4-0 win
League Game 2: vs Droitwich 0-1 loss
League Game 3: vs Bredon 0-1 loss
Plate Quarter Final: vs Stourbridge 4-0 win
Plate Semi-Final: vs Hereford 3-0 win
Plate Final: vs Newport 0-0 win for Moseley determined by League tries.
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