Birmingham Moseley — Old Albanians


OAs unable to match opponents up front

As the OAS travelled North last Saturday the snow seemed to get heavier and by the time Billesley Common was reached a white blanket covered the pitch. Said blanket also put the seal on what sort of match might be expected and from the outset tight play dominated all else.
The result, not in doubt shortly after half time, was not perhaps unexpected but the visitors could not match their opponents up front. If plan A works it is sensible to keep on using it and Moseley took the sensible option all afternoon, working the rolling maul from the line out at every opportunity. Five of their six tries were scored thus though Albanians were pretty much in touch for the first hour.

A’s had the first opportunity for points five minutes in but Tom Bednall’s penalty attempt sailed narrowly wide.

Then after fifteen minutes Buster Lawrence started what became a Moseley trend when the first maul rolled in from better than twenty metres for Sam Hollingsworth to convert.

Brendon Snyman and Ciaran Moore followed in similar fashion but Bednall was on target with a second penalty kick. Tadgh McElroy barrelled over before the break and Bednall added the extras.

Moore added his second for the bonus point and the conversion opened the gap once more. Adam Caves and Centre William Butler completed the Moseley scoring after Bednall notched his second penalty.

Forward domination decided this fixture and the hosts played the conditions perfectly. Opportunities to use a speedy back line were rare for OAS but more can be made of these assets in weeks to come.

Darlington Mowden Park, second only to Coventry, are next week’s opponents and the long drive will give plenty of time for reflection on the fact that the reverse fixture went well in September.
Kickoff 1400hrs.


Brian Quinn
Press & Publicity


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Match Preview

Eight league points have been garnered so far since the Ampthill game despite the loss to table leaders Coventry.

The challenge continues on Saturday in Birmingham against opponents who will not be too chuffed with their season to date. Last time out yielded a 42-7 loss to high flying DMP.

Predictions are invidious but OAs will try to capitalise on the success last week. Generally the side is in good shape with just one major change in the pack. Ross Hamilton replaces Danny Cutmore who is required elsewhere.

The backs have a more traditional look with several changes. Yet there’s plenty of experience out wide and Jack Daly partners Tom Bednall at half back.

We also welcome two army players, Gareth Smith and Owain Davies, into the squad loaned from London Scottish,  one up front and one at the back.

Another win would be most welcome and the squad travel north in good heart.

Bon chance!

Brian Quinn
Press & Publicity


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Birmingham Moseley Rugby
Birmingham Moseley Rugby Club, Billesley Common, Yardley Wood Rd, Birmingham B13 0PT

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