North Midlands Colts League
Stourbridge 3 Moseley 19
Moseley kicked off into a strong wind blowing straight down the pitch – it was almost like playing at Billesley!
Stourbridge gathered the ball and returned it with interest on the wind. A scrappy opening saw Moseley give away an early penalty on their 22 and Stourbridge had little trouble in taking the opening three points.
Despite having the wind in their favour Stourbridge spent much of the rest of the half in their own territory. Despite this amount of territorial advantage and a mounting penalty count in their favour Moseley were not making much headway. The penalties were all being kicked to touch, or taken short but the visitors were failing to build a platform. A misfiring line out, handling errors and strong and forthright defensive cover meant that Moseley had little to show by way of clear scoring opportunities.
They did cross the line once, but the referee judged the ball to be held up. It was not until the last play of the half that from a ruck on the five metre line Moseley passed the ball infield and Myles Hibbs broke through the line to score underneath the posts. Ben Morgan added the extras and the referee blew for half time.
Stourbridge kicked off for the second half into the wind. Moseley gathered the ball and were soon in opposition territory. A few passages of play and a couple of turnovers later Stourbridge tried to clear their lines but the kick was gathered on the half way line. The ball was run up field but the Stourbridge defence held up the advance. Recycling the ball Moseley kept it alive with the forwards maintaining the pressure until passing the ball to the left hand corner found Tom Dalton who powered his way over for his first try in Moseley colours.
Following the restart Stourbridge had an extended period in possession. They were going through the phases, recycling the ball at the breakdown but were unable to make inroads into the Mosley 22. Finally after about 8 minutes the visitors won a turnover and a long clearance gave the home team the lineout on their own 22.. Moseley disrupted the throw and broke through but the ball was spilled and chance of a try was lost with it.
Most of the next half an hour was spent with the ball between the half way and Stourbridges 22 lines. Moseley were not making anything of their possession, but equally Stourbridge were unable to make much headway into the strong wind. Finally a break from about 20 metres saw Moseley touch down by the posts, or so we thought. The referee did not award the try and stupid back chat saw him award a penalty to Stourbridge underneath their own posts.
For some strange reason they decided to take a tap and go, passing the ball along the line in their own 5 metres. Inevitably, aided by the wind the ball went behind one of the Stourbridge line and Hayden Pitt was on hand to run through, collect the ball and score. Ben Morgan added the conversion.
Only a few minutes remained before Stourbridge kicked a penalty to touch for the referee to blow the final whistle.
A bonus point was on offer for scoring four tries, but in truth Moseley never looked like threatening that target. It may prove vital. This was the last game for Moseley in this seasons league campaign and it is now in the hands of others to decide if Mosley come first or second in the final table
Backs: Fensome, Wellington, Shepherd, Jones, McLaren, Morgan, Dinardo
Forwards: Lawless Fisher, Baillie, Coton, Meadows, Dalton, Hibbs, Pittt, Heron
Replacements: Clark, Yusaf, Brazier, Ward, Brown
M Hibbs (35 Mins)
T Dalton (39 Mins)
H Pitt (67 mins)
Ben Morgan (x2)
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