Saturday 28th September 2019

 

Moseley started off well, controlling the majority of the possession and territory in the opening 15 minutes of the game leading to Tommy Galbraith breaking down the left wing for the opening try. Shrewsbury soon responded with 2 tries of their own to take the lead. Moseley showed a much-improved defence from the previous game, however Shrewsbury’s sustained, error free attack and dominance in the scrum allowed them to claim two well-earned tries.

Oak suffered a couple of injuries during this period with second row Lars and hooker Willi B coming off allowing Shrewsbury to gain the upper hand in the already under pressure set piece. Fly half Rory Chatterton also needed to take a few minutes after being smashed by a Shrewsbury player who was presumably called up from their U15s side.

Moseley got another score shortly before half time with outside centre David Barton putting in a chip over the last two defenders which bounced fortunately for winger Jamal Gask-Clarke in the deadball area to bring the score to 12-10 to the home side at half time.

Shrewsbury continued to dominate the scrum in the second half and held a greater deal of possession. This led to Shrewsbury getting another converted try to increase their lead to 19-12. Moseley Oak fought back bringing the score up to 19-17 thanks to scrum half Adam Collingwood taking advantage of gaps in defence but Oak left a number of points out on the pitch due to a few errors in key attacking positions, including a missed penalty that would have seen Oak take the lead.

Shrewsbury scored a final try just before full time to ensure their victory, with Moseley coming away with a losing bonus point. Moseley’s man of the match was back row forward Huw Holland for a tireless performance in both attack and defence. Dick of the day goes to David Barton (again) for coming off worse in a clash of heads in the warm up with the man mountain they call Tom Peake, resulting in a black eye before the game had started.

Overall, a much-improved performance for Oak who showed flashes of brilliance but a few too many lapses in concentration in possession and a need to improve on the set piece. Moseley Oak next face Stafford at home followed by a cup clash with local side Camp Hill in two must-win games.

 

Final Score: Shrewsbury 24 – 17 Moseley Oak

Man of the Match: Huw Holland

Dick of the Day: David Barton

Try Scorers: Tommy Galbraith (1), Jamal Gask-Clarke (1), Adam Collingwood (1)