Friday 16th February 2018

Moseley Oak 27 - 23 Bromsgrove

 

Friday 16th February saw an excellent and exciting Midlands One encounter between sixth placed Moseley Oak and third placed Bromsgrove under floodlights and in front of an excellent and appreciative crowd.

 

Bromsgrove settled into their rhythm quickly and within ten minutes were 10-0 up from a converted try and a penalty with Moseley's defence stretched. Momentum then swung with the hosts as Tom Peake charged down a Bromsgrove kick to score, and Gareth Jones converted. Further Moseley pressure led to a Jones penalty three minutes later, and this was followed by a Jack Coffin try after a successful driving lineout.

 

Another handful of penalties were exchanged as the game moved back and forth with committed defence from both sides, before Willibrod Mbatangie evaded a couple of tacklers to touch down after phases of Moseley attack. Soon afterwards, the half time whistle sounded with Oak leading 22-16.

 

Bromsgrove now playing up the slope began the second half as well as they had started the first, and scored an early converted try giving them a one point lead. The rest of the half was well balanced in most areas. Moseley missed the opportunity to take the lead near the end when a Jones penalty attempt sailed wide, although they were to have one last roll of the dice. After a number of carries from the forwards, two wide passes from John Byrne and Gareth Jones gave Jack Richards the space to straighten the attack, and Chris Fensome put Ashley Giles in for the winning try in the corner.

 

A perhaps surprising but very welcome and well earned win, based on a splendid forward effort from all concerned led by Ben Gerry from Number Eight. With six of the starting forward pack aged 21 or under, the future of this group is encouraging.  Moseley Oak are now in fifth place with ten wins from eighteen games. Eight matches to go with all but one to be played at home.