U19 Colts Friendly
Bedford Academy 71 Moseley 0
With widespread unavailability and a number of late cry offs it was a depleted squad of Under Nineteen’s that travelled to Bedford, with only ten players boarding the coach.
Bedford had already agreed to loan a number of players earlier in the week and added to that to ensure that the ‘Moseley’ team had fifteen players at kick off.
Bedford soon imposed themselves, running in three converted tries in the first five minutes. Moseley had a brief respite of territory and possession before another barrage of tries up to the half time whistle saw the score at 52 points to nil.
Moseley were putting the tackles in but were unable to stop the off load. The Bedford backs were simply too fast, and too powerful when contact came. Moseley’s cause was not helped by injuries reducing them to 14 men for long periods. They did get close to a score at one stage when a fumble by Bedford presented a chance to one of the Moseley guests, before he was stopped just short of the line.
The half time team talk encouraged the lads to tackle some more and try and take the supporting players out of the game by driving the ball carrier backwards. It was also encouraging that the Bedford guests gave their encouragement, noting how many times their ‘team mates’ were fumbling when put under pressure and urged Moseley to take the game to their opponents.
And despite another early try against them, that is what they did in the second half. Having much of the possession Moseley were also just ahead in the territorial statistics. However in defence Bedford were quickly up and any recycled ball saw Moseley going backwards, rather than breaking through the gain line. Moseley had a couple of half chances which came to nought. In contrast Bedford had two more opportunities which they finished clinically. The final whistle was blown on a much improved second half from a Moseley point of view.
Thanks to the Bedford players who guested for Moseley and gave a whole hearted performance. Despite the heavy loss most of the Moseley squad that turned out will have learnt something from the experience.
James Lawless Fisher, James Baillie, Alex Coton, Tom Short, Ben Meadows, Nick Taylor, Sam Shepherd, Jordan Oliver, Lance Brookes, Riley Dinardo
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