Saturday 12th January 2019

Moseley Oak 24 - 16 Stourbridge Lions

 
After an extremely disappointing result at Stoke, Moseley Oak began a stretch of nine home games on the main pitch v Stourbridge Lions.
 
The game started brightly for Oak after a quick tap penalty led to possession near the Stourbridge line. Sam Hayward crashed over to open the scoring and Ollie Thomas converted.
 
This was followed up soon afterwards by a second try. Moseley Oak made a number of other line breaks but could not finish them off, and Stourbridge worked their way back into the game. 
 
They scored a well worked try in the right hand corner and also converted a penalty to stay within touching distance. However, Oak extended their lead again when Ryan Phelan dived over from short range. 
 
Stourbridge Lions had another long period of possession in the Moseley 22 to end the half, but after a series of scrums the ball was knocked on and Moseley survived.
 
The second half began badly for Moseley Oak with two yellow cards in quick succession, and Stourbridge immediately capitalised with a penalty to take the score to 19-11. More pressure followed and only some great cover tackles kept Stourbridge from further scores.
 
Minutes later after some good handling from the backs, the ball popped out from a ruck and bounced up for Moseley to take advantage for the bonus point score. Stourbridge Lions replied with the final play of the game and scored their second try, leaving the final score at 24-16 to Moseley Oak.
 
A five point win is very important at this stage, and Oak will hope that home advantage counts in their remaining eight fixtures at Billesley.