Moseley Oak 16 - 12 Hereford
Moseley Oak emerged winners in a hard fought game at Billesley Common which saw them rise to 4th in Midlands One in their first season following promotion.
Hereford began well with their speedy back division causing real problems for the Moseley defence. After only one minute, Moseley were penalised for offside and from the resulting line out, Hereford drove over for an unconverted try. Two minutes later, missed tackles allowed Hereford to break from their own 22 and a kick ahead plus a difficult bounce saw another score. 12-0.
Moseley began to get back into the game although the line out did not function as well as usual in the windy conditions. Thirteen minutes into the game an overlap came on the left and Morgan Dawes took full advantage with a man to spare on the left.
Ollie Thomas converted a penalty with three minutes left in the first half and did the same three minutes into the second half after further pressure from the home side. A minute later a try from Gareth Jones took the score to 16-12 before injuries began to disrupt the recovery effort. Resources were stretched with players now out of position and a Hereford team with a robust defence.
The drama increased with a red card shown to a Hereford forward after an incident with a forearm right in front of the referee before Tom Johnson saw yellow.
The match was seen out and an important win for Moseley. Nine wins from the last thirteen matches and those lost were by very narrow margins. The tough October with several very heavy losses now seems a long time ago. Three to go and the opportunity to finish in the top four lies ahead. The task begins away at an improving Kenilworth next Saturday.