Saturday 14th September 2019

 

To use the old sporting cliché, Moseley Oak’s league opener at home against Newcastle (Staffs) RUFC was truly a game of two halves.

Moseley started well with second row Harry Barnes gathering the kick-off in Newcastle territory, immediately putting Moseley on the front foot. Controlled phase play led to winger Andy Pearce making a break from the blindside and scoring under the posts within the first few minutes of the game.

Unfortunately, this was not a sign of things to come for Oak as Newcastle took control of the game scoring 4-5 unanswered tries for the remainder of the first half. Moseley’s defence looked disinterested and lost during this period of the game and gave far too much time and space to Newcastle’s power runners allowing them to play a very effective offloading game.

The message from coach and captain at half time was clear, this performance wasn’t good enough.

The second half started off mirroring the first with Newcastle catching their own kick-off and, despite an improvement in the energy of the Oak defence, were able to get an early try. Moseley then displayed a much-improved performance for the rest of the game, controlling the territory and pace of the game, scoring 2 tries thanks to the strong running lines of Chris Carlin from centre, earning himself the man of the match from Coach Lavander.

The bonus point try followed soon after with David Barton showing lightening pace to chase a kick through and get the first hand to the ball, grounding it over the line.

Newcastle weren’t completely out of the game however, scoring a crucial drop goal nudging their points tally out of Moseley’s reach. Oak finished strong ending the game camped in the Newcastle 22. In the final play of the game, quick hands got the ball out wide to back row forward Tom Clark who still had a lot of work to do beating 4, maybe 5 defenders to touchdown in the corner.

Moseley travel to Shrewsbury in 2 weeks’ time for their next league game and cannot afford another slow start like this if they hope to have any success this season.

 

Final Score: Moseley Oak 33 - 41 Newcastle (Staffs)

Man of the Match: Chris Carlin

Dick of the Day: Our entire defence

Try Scorers: Andy Pearce (1), Chris Carlin (2), David Barton (1), Tom Clark (1)