Saturday 20th January 2018

Stourbridge Lions 18 – 21 Moseley Oak

Moseley Oak aimed to bounce back from a very disappointing result against Stoke, at Stourton Park on an excellent 4G surface. Preparation for the game was very poor and once again Oak were without a number of players, for what they knew would be a tough ask against a young and enthusiastic side.

The early signs were positive and both sides traded penalties. Moseley were 3-6 up when Stourbridge put a kick behind the defence and won the long race to the ball just to the left of the posts. The conversion was added. Gareth Jones kicked a third Oak penalty on 30 minutes which put the visitors in touch once again. There was another chance for Moseley as the clock ticked towards half time, but the ball was spilled over the try line and the half time score was 10-9 to Stourbridge.

Stourbridge opened the second half well with an unconverted try following a turnover and a clever grubber kick behind the defence. However, despite playing into the wind Moseley Oak would soon gain the upper hand in territory and possession.

A number of forward thrusts left Moseley near the Stourbridge line, but a couple of handling errors at the crucial moment let the home side off the hook. Oak persevered and after a number of penalties led them back into opposition territory, James Weaver squeezed in at the corner to touch down, leaving the score at 15-14. Stourbridge extended their lead with a penalty after a Moseley Oak ruck infringement straight after the restart.

Having defended for the majority of the final stages, Stourbridge finally gave way when a dominant Moseley scrum was collapsed and the referee awarded a penalty try. Soon after the restart Stourbridge launched an attack from their own half and broke downfield, but a covering tackle by Ashley Giles put the Stourbridge player in touch and the final whistle blew. Moseley Oak face Sutton Coldfield at Billesley next week.