Saturday 17th November 2018

Hereford 24 - 25 Moseley Oak

Moseley Oak’s best performance of the season saw them achieve a superb win at Hereford, a notoriously tough place to win.

The return of Ben Gerry and Paul Cox made a huge difference, and James Vecchio’s first match for the club was a great success, as was Ollie Thomas’s contribution not least from the kicking tee.

Moseley started well and scored a converted try early on. After a longer period of pressure fifteen minutes later, Ryan Phelan scored with a strong run after a driving line out.

Oak started the second half well and Ollie Thomas converted an early penalty kick. Hereford then stormed back into the game cheered on by their vociferous crowd and scored their first points after 47 minutes from a driving maul.

From the restart they scored again, exploiting the left touchline after a Moseley yellow card, and with twenty minutes left Hereford pressure resulted in a successful penalty. Suddenly 0-15 had become 17-15.

The coaches and the writer wondered whether Moseley would fold under such pressure. The answer was emphatically no. Ollie Thomas scored a penalty to make the score 17-18. However, with just a couple of minutes to go Hereford’s big flanker ran a great line to score under the posts and time was almost up.

Back came Moseley and after several phases plus some fast hands, Jack McLarney scored with the last play and Ollie Thomas converted to win the game.
A dramatic finale! Only the second quality performance of the season but it really was very good.