Moseley Oak 47 – 27 Worcester Wanderers
Moseley Oak took their record to eleven wins from the last fifteen games against Worcester Wanderers on Saturday at Billesley Common. They scored six tries in the sunshine as both sides played their part in an entertaining match.
The game started well for the home side with an early try. A short pass from Angus Low found Tom Johnson, who burst through a gap, span out of a second tackle and evaded the final defender to score, converted by Ollie Thomas. An Ollie Thomas penalty soon afterwards added to their points total.
Worcester replied with a converted try and penalty of their own and it was game on. After an extended period of pressure, Moseley had a driving maul in the corner and rumbled on for Angus Low to touch down. Ollie Thomas converted. Worcester ended the first half with a couple of penalties.
Oak began the second half as they started the first, when Simon Homer took a crash ball and reached over the line. The bonus point try followed, when Ben Gerry and Ollie Thomas moved the ball to Tom Johnson. He broke through his opposite man and scored under the posts for his second try, again converted.
A couple of Ollie Thomas penalties extended Moseley’s lead, but then Worcester made their way back into the match with two good converted tries, and the score began to look very close. Moseley Oak needed to steady the ship and after some interplay from backs and forwards, James Weaver powered over to touch down for a fifth try. Ollie Thomas converted. Gareth Jones finished the scoring on the end of a good team move.
It has been a season of what might have been. A better relationship with Birmingham Moseley and more luck on the injury front may have seen a different league result. Early signs for next season look very encouraging.