A colder day than we'd enjoyed at our previous fixture greeted us on match day, but the team made a blistering start to the first game with Alfie scoring from the opening move. Unfortunately, the excitement was short lived as Kidderminster replied with six unanswered tries to leave Moseley in no doubt as to the tough task that lay ahead.
We'll never know what coach Paul said in that half time talk, but all fourteen of the Moseley U7s pulled together to make their family and friends who were watching proud. Moseley outscored their opponents 6-5 in that second half, with Yusuf leading the way with a remarkable hat trick. Some great passing and support play also lead to Alfie scoring another and Tyler adding one to give Moseley the momentum going in to the second game.
The next game was a far tighter affair, with the defence that was lacking by both teams in the first game coming to the fore. This was highlighted by our brave team putting their bodies on the line, with Jack and Jarryd brushing off injuries suffered while preventing Kidderminster from making further inroads on the scoreboard.
Despite having to momentarily play against an extra player due to the odd miscalculation by the opposition, the team pulled off a commendable 5-5 draw with Tyler getting a couple of scores and Se', Jarryd and Nathan each adding good looking tries.
Now that the team had warmed up, it was time to put Kidderminster to the sword. The third and final game was marked by some great passing movements and scintillating running, with Thomas and Hannah particularly unlucky not to score after long runs through the heart of the Kidderminster defence.
With vociferous support from the sidelines, the team was roared on to a thoroughly deserved 9-6 victory, led by four tries from Alfie (two in each half). Some superb running from Amaan led to him getting a couple of tries, with Se', Tyler and Ellie completing the scoring (Ellie being very unfortunate to have another, final minute try chalked off for a stud on the whitewash millimetres from the line).
It was a thoroughly enjoyable game, for the children and for their fans, and I would like to thank Paul, Steve and Alison for the great work they are doing with the development and management of a great little team.
(As an aside, a big thank you to all parents for the fact that we had a squad divisible by 7 today to simplify the conundrum of how to make sure everyone gets a fair amount of game time)!
Well done Moseley U7's for a superb game today. - Todd Micklethwaite (Tyler’s Dad)
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