Dudley Kingswinford 15 - 24 Moseley Oak
Moseley Oak recorded an excellent away victory at Dudley this weekend, continuing their good run of form. They scored four tries and recorded an important bonus point, leaving them in sixth place with four games to play.
Oak started well and spent the first few minutes in the Dudley 22. After receiving a penalty for a ruck offence, they kicked to the corner and a powerful driving maul led to Ben Gerry touching down to open the scoring. Ollie Thomas converted.
Dudley then picked up the pace and kept the ball for long periods, coming close to scoring on a number of occasions but held out by good Moseley defence. Unfortunately for Moseley they infringed at the breakdown on the 22 line and Dudley kicked a penalty to make the score 7-3.
Moseley Oak created a number of line breaks in the next 15 minutes but poor handling and decision making let them down and opportunities were wasted. However, the chances kept coming and after good build up play from forwards and backs, Jack Richards barrelled over the last man to score in the corner.
From the restart James Weaver sidestepped and broke through three tackles, and was very well supported by Simon Homer and Nathan Cyster. After another three phases of excellent interplay, Ollie Thomas cleverly passed inside to Paul Cox who touched down on the half time whistle. The half time score was 3-19 to Moseley Oak.
Moseley found themselves under pressure immediately in the second period, and conceded a number of penalties which kept them pinned back in their own half. Nonetheless, resolute defence and several turnovers in their own 22 led them to safety on more than one occasion.
On a rare venture into Dudley territory, Gareth Jones broke down the right hand side, and the ball was recycled back across the field well for Duncan White to score the crucial fourth try. After Moseley Oak received a yellow card for offside, Dudley rallied well and scored two well worked tries of their own. The final score was 15-24 and Oak were thrilled to turn around the narrow home defeat they suffered to Dudley in November.