Sutton Coldfield 39 – 33 Moseley Oak
On a bitterly cold Friday evening, Moseley Oak ended with 2 losing bonus points against a determined Sutton Coldfield side in front of a large and partisan crowd.
Moseley began well and after 4 minutes of sustained pressure were awarded a penalty which was converted by Ollie Thomas.
Sutton came back immediately and a succession of missed tackles led to an overlap on the right. Ten minutes later the score was 3-17 after further defensive errors and a further Sutton try, conversion and penalty.
Moseley Oak began to come back into the game and a try from a driving lineout and a Charley Thomas try following a series of forward carries gave a 17-17 scoreline. Two further Sutton tries and a Moseley penalty saw half time at 20-29.
Twelve minutes into the second half saw Tom Johnson add to Moseley's try count and an exchange of penalties brought the deficit to 7 points before two of the crucial issues in the game.
Firstly, a five metre scrum from which Sutton scored which the Moseley players and many watching felt should have been a 22 drop out. Secondly, a clear and unequivocal punch to the head of Moseley player, Ben Gerry, by the Sutton Coldfield number 2 which staggeringly went unpunished.
Moseley finished the contest with a converted try scored by James Weaver and another penalty to bring the contest to a conclusion with a 6 point gap. A bonus point for four tries and another for losing by seven points or less. Useful points however a disappointing defensive display and areas clearly to work on.