North Midlands Colts League - Runners Up Play Off
Moseley 36 – Walsall 3
As runners up of the Saturday and Sunday Leagues respectfully, Moseley faced Walsall to decide who effectively came third in the overall competition. Credit should be given to Walsall for just turning up, with unavailability and late cry offs meaning they only had 14 players present - a lot of other clubs would have simply not bothered.
Moseley kicked off for what was to prove a scrappy opening period, neither team seemingly capable of controlling their own ball, with simple errors from both teams. Walsall missed a kick to touch which Moseley gathered, passed inside to the centre before working down out to and down the left hand wing. A pass inside to no one in particular went to ground, and although Moseley appeared to knock on a kick through ricocheted, with the ball crossing the try line. Downward pressure on the ball was applied by Chris Fensome and although appearing to come from an offside position the referee awarded a try. Ben Morgan converted and Walsall deservedly felt hard done by.
They could have no complaints about the next try though. Following a period of play where both teams were getting better at retaining the ball and with Moseley shading territory Walsall put in a long clearance kick to the Moseley 22. Fensome gathered before passing inside to Ryan Miller who ran through the middle. A disorganised defence failed to put in a meaningful tackle on the ball carrier as he threw a few dummy passes and he touched down to the left of the posts giving Morgan an easy kick.
Moseley were beginning to enjoy majority of both possession and territory but were unable to make use of their superior numbers to make many meaningful opportunities. Walsall had a line out on their ten metre line which was over thrown. Moseley gathered and got to the 5 metres area, before a counter drive from Walsall saw the ball go to ground. Moseley recycled, with Dave Brazier picking and going before feeding inside to Ben Meadows who powered through and over the line. Ben Morgan made it a hat trick of conversions.
Walsall finished the brighter of the two sides in what remained of the first half. However, one kickable penalty aside, which they chose to tap and go, there was no danger to the Moseley try line. With another penalty kicked to touch the referee blew for the half time score line of 21 points to nil in Moseley’s favour.
The opening of the second half was another bitty affair with Moseley again shading possession and territory. It was from a scrum about 8 metres out that Moseley picked and went. The initial onslaught was held by Walsall but quick ball from Moseley saw the ball passed to Chris Fensome who, breaking through a couple of tackles from short range, touched down for the opening score of the second half. Morgan was unable to add the extras.
Neither team were able to make much of the next passage of play, although a dropped pass with the line at their mercy saw Moseley miss an open opportunity to finish the contest. Walsall were perhaps having their best passage of play were awarded a penalty which thy kicked to touch inside the Moseley 22. They won the line out but an attempted drive was halted, before the ball was recycled and fed into the centre for a well crafted drop goal from just outside the 22, giving Walsall a well deserved three points.
Another period of open play followed before another line out to Walsall on their own 22 was overthrown. Moseley gathered and passed inside to the centre before working the ball back to the left and to Mahly Lynch who touched down in the corner for a difficult kick that just went wide.
Good pressure from Walsall prevented Moseley from achieving anything more from superior possession and territory. It was to be a further ten minutes before a loose ball was gathered by Hayden Pitt who fed outside to Jack McLaren who running down the right wing outpaced the covering defenders, before cutting infield to score under the posts. A rather disrespectful kick was missed before the referee decided he had seen enough and blew the final whistle.
As previously mentioned, thanks to Walsall for fulfilling the fixture. A full squad of 22 from Moseley perhaps says more about next weeks fixture, the North Mids. Colts Cup Final. They will need to be a bit sharper than they were today.
Forwards: P Clark, J Baillie, J Lawless Fisher, T Dalton, T Short, M Hibbs, D Rashkafar, B Meadows
Backs: D Brazier, B Morgan, J Jones, J Oliver, C Wellington, R Miller, C Fensome
Replacements: A Coton, A Brown, M Lynch J McLaren, H Pitt, L Brooks, S Shepherd
Chris Fensome (8 & 42 mins)
Ryan Miller (16 mins)
Ben Meadows (24 mins)
Mahly Lynch (58 mins)
Jack McLaren (68 Mins)
Ben Morgan (x3)
|Click for Website Enquiries|