By Glyn Barlow
Supporting Birmingham Moseley is a bit like catching a bus, you wait eighteen months for a win and then two come along.
Fans will not have expected, or perhaps dared to hope, that the team would win both of the opening encounters but we have enough experience in this league to not get carried away too early. It has to be said though that there are glimmers of promise in the way the team is playing.
At least it wasn’t until the eightieth minute that the team kept everyone on the edge of their seats waiting for the winning score. A far calmer affair for supporters saw the key try and conversion come a full four minutes before the end of normal time, positively relaxing!
Having been behind from the twenty fifth minute the team again showed great determination to come back against a good Blackheath side. As much as the solid performance of the pack again laid the foundation for the win two moments of individual brilliance from Sam Pointon and Aquile Smith brought the crowd to their feet and demonstrated how potentially dangerous the backline can be.
Unfortunately it was not all good news as Harry Barnes, impressing in his first two appearances in National One rugby, and Ben Palmer both had to be helped from the field of play. While it seems Harry’s injury was not as bad as first feared Ben looks to be set for a longer lay off due to what appeared to be a serious leg injury.
With the team’s first choice fly half missing the coaching team will have some interesting discussions on who will wear the number ten shirt, with a number of the squad having had experience in that position. On the positive side a couple of players who were carrying pre-season knocks should be available for selection this week.
This week’s opponents Caldy had to sit out the first weekend of league play due to Old Elthamians pulling out of the league. Last weekend they travelled to Birmingham Moseley’s pre-season opponents Cinderford for a narrow loss 29-21, a result that underlines that they are not a team to be underestimated. The match proved to be quite eventful as Caldy were awarded two penalty tries, and two yellow cards against Cinderford in a five minute passage of play. This was followed up by another penalty try, for Cinderford this time, and a further three yellow cards for Caldy!
As we know any pack that can go toe to toe with the Cinderford eight, and exert this much pressure, is not one to be underestimated and the good performances to date from the Birmingham Moseley forwards will need to be elevated even further to contain Caldy at home.
Part of the strong forwards performance of Caldy could be attributed to the return of former Northampton back row Sam Dickinson who made eight appearances for Birmingham Moseley in 2013 while on loan from Saints.
In pre-season Caldy took on Welsh Premiership team RGC winning 14-16 away from home after drawing nineteen all at Paton Field. This double header followed a win over National Two North side Chester 0-18, a loss to North One West Birkenhead Park 17-7 and a 12-24 victory away to Midlands Premier Division Sandbach.
So onwards, and in this case definitely upwards to the Wirral, where we will see if the team can make it three from three.