Tamworth 5 Moseley 17
The U19 Colts took a small squad of sixteen away for a friendly fixture at Tamworth. It was another day with a strong wind blowing straight down the pitch and Moseley kicked off with it at their backs.
Much of the opening period of play was taking place in home team territory. Tamworth had a scrum just inside their own 22, secured the ball and passed it back for a kick to touch. The attempted clearance got caught in the wind and the ball went backwards, ending up in touch on the Tamworth 5 metre line. Having already experienced how the wind was affecting the flight of the ball Moseley threw the lineout short, Ben Meadows collected and drove through to touch down for the first score – Ben Morgan adding the conversion.
Tamworth enjoyed a period of possession and territory, driving into the Moseley 22. A series of penalties against the visitors allowed the home team to work their way towards the 5 metre line. Moseley were defending but sustained pressure saw Tamworth cross the line but unable to effect the touch down.
From the resulting 5 metre scrum Tamworth were to record a score of the most bizarre nature. They won their own put in, picked up at the back and attempted to drive forward. The Moseley defence were up to the task and stopped the drive in its tracks. The referee seemed to be indicating that Moseley had infringed at the scrum and was presumably waiting for an advantage. When non came he blew his whistle and awarded – a Penalty Try
The next ten minutes were spent inside the Tamworth half but solid defending stopped any real progress into the 22. The wind was making passing and line outs difficult for both teams, the ball seeming to be carried on the wind more than normal. Tamworth had a scrum half way inside their own half which they won, but good harrying from Dave Brazier allowed Moseley to turn the ball over. Aaron Brown broke through but was stopped on the 22.Scrappy ball was tided up by Hayden Pitt who passed out to the left wing to release Curtis Wellington who used his pace and power to break through a couple of tackles and sprint to the line to score.
There were a few minutes left for Tamworth to enjoy some possession and time in the Mosley half, but a long clearance from Ben Morgan took the ball into touch for the half time whistle and the score line reading 5 -12
Much of the second half was played either side of the half way line. Neither team were able to maintain control or pressure and visits in to 22’s were rare, although Tamworth, with the wind at their backs spent more of the time inside the Moseley half. As the half wore on Moseley started to gain the territorial advantage, but with difficult handling conditions continuing they were not making many opportunities. Moseley had a line out half way inside the Tamworth 22. Despite more scrappy ball due to the wind Moseley claimed the ball, drove through and over the line. However Tamworth were able to prevent the score, giving Mosley a 5 metre scrum Hopes were high for a penalty try but it was not forthcoming and although Mosley won the scrum and applied pressure Tamworth were eventually awarded a penalty from about two metres.
The kick was skewed and went to touch, giving Tamworth the line out from about ten metres. Moseley caught the throw and drove to the 5 metre line before the ball went to ground. Mosley recycled quickly and Dave Brazier fed James Baillie who was running down the blind side. Keeping low he broke through the defensive cover and touched down in the right hand corner.
The remaining few minutes were scrappy and played in the Mosley half before the referee blew for full time.
It was a long walk back, uphill, to the clubhouse. The club is based at Wigginton Park and the club house is based around the historic Wigginton Lodge, and old country estate house. The bar occupies the ground floor of the house, and with an oak panelled staircase in the centre, it must be one of the more unusual of rugby clubhouses. Thanks to Tamworth for hosting a friendly and good natured, but none the less competitive, fixture
Backs: L Brookes, C Ward, C Wellington, S Shepherd, H Pitt, B Morgan, D Brazier
Forwards: J Ajayi , J Baillie, J Lawless Fisher, A Brown, T Short, O Sankey, A Bromley, B Meadows,
Replacement: P Clark,
Ben Meadows (11 mins)
Curtis Wellington (30 mins)
James Baillie (66 mins)
Ben Morgan (x1)
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