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Birmingham Moseley 23-22 Darlington Mowden Park

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4th September 2021 - 3.00pm

Birmingham Moseley 23-22 Darlington Mowden Park                              

by Paul Smith – Sunday Mercury

A last-gasp converted try from the speedy Mason Tonks saw Birmingham Moseley to a thrilling opening day win over Darlington Mowden Park.

The pacy winger beat the cover to Tom Benjamin’s kick ahead before racing 40 metres to the posts from where Ben Palmer had the simplest of match-clinching conversions.

Prior to this, Moseley trailed for over an hour of a contest in which their forwards dominated the set-piece only for turnovers and handling errors to thwart their attacking ambition.

But following an 18-month absence, Tonks’ late intervention meant Adam Balding’s team marked their return with a win which gets their National One campaign off to an encouraging start.

After Palmer’s simple penalty kicked the Red-and-Blacks into an early lead his opposite number Warren Seals responded from 40 metres.

And it was visiting scrum half Euan McKirdy who claimed the opening try when he went under the posts following an inside break by centre Callum Mackenzie.

Seals added the conversion before the Red-and-Blacks’ powerful scrummaging handed Palmer another simple three-pointer midway through the opening half.

Tonks went close to claiming Moseley’s first try in over 500 days but was held by a last-ditch tackle after recovering an awkwardly bouncing ball in Mowden Park’s 22.

Palmer’s third close-range penalty closed the hosts’ interval deficit to one point but this was extended to eight when Park grabbed a converted try three minutes after the restart.

Front row replacement Josh Crickmay was the close-range scorer, but the try owed everything to McKirdy whose quick thinking took play to within a metre of the home line.

Seals added the extras and despite their continued set-piece domination, a series of handling errors prevented the home side from making much attacking headway during the third quarter.

Moseley’s plight worsened just ahead of the hour mark when Mowden Park lock Talite Vaioleti powered into the corner following a lineout drive.

This left Moseley trailing by two converted tries, and home side grabbed a lifeline when Aquile Smith recovered Ollie Allsopp’s chip ahead to touch down a try which Palmer upgraded.

Moseley scented opportunity when the visitors lost flanker Will Jones to the sin bin following a fracas among the forwards, but Tonks was unable to release Smith when the wingers combined in a pacy counter-attack.

Palmer was then wide with a 40-metre penalty attempt before a lineout turnover on halfway gave Tonks an eleventh-hour opportunity to clinch the spoils.

Scorers:

Birmingham Moseley:

Tries: Smith, Tonks

Cons: Palmer (2)

Pens: Palmer (3)

 

Darlington Mowden Park:

Tries: McKirdy, Crickway, Vaioletti

Cons: Seals (2)

Pen: Seals

Attt:701

 

Starting XV

Priest
1
Barron
Roach
2
Appleby
Langley
3
Guest
Barnes
4
Fisher
Butler
5
Vaioleti
Hutchinson
6
Grayson
Munro
7
Jones
Safe
8
Craggs
Pointon
9
McKirdy
Palmer
10
Seals
Tonks
11
Walker
Allsopp
12
MacKenzie
Bulumakau
13
Welch
Smith
14
Asher-Wood
Benjamin
15
Jarvis

Replacements

Ajayi
16
Crickmay
Johnson
17
Gardiner
Tideswell
18
Bourne
Jolly
19
Yandall
Dight
20
Broarhead
Time
Score
Time
7

pen

Ben Palmer

3:0

No away update

7
10

No home update

3:3

pen

Seals

10
15

No home update

3:8

try

McKirdy

15
16

No home update

3:10

con

Seals

16
23

pen

Ben Palmer

6:10

No away update

23
28

rep

James Tideswell for Ethan Priest

6:10

No away update

28
29

rep

Ashley Johnson for Harry Barnes

6:10

No away update

29
33

rep

Jide Ajayi for David Langley

6:10

No away update

33
36

No home update

6:10

rep

Crickmay for Appleby

36
38

pen

Ben Palmer

9:10

No away update

38
43

No home update

9:15

try

Crickmay

43
44

No home update

9:17

con

Seals

44
44

No home update

9:17

rep

Yandall for Walker

44
51

rep

Harry Barnes for Ashley Johnson

9:17

No away update

51
51

rep

David Langley for Jide Ajayi

9:17

No away update

51
52

No home update

9:17

rep

Walker for Welch

52
55

No home update

9:22

try

Vaioleti

55
57

rep

Jack Jolly for Sam Pointon

9:22

No away update

57
57

rep

Ethan Priest for James Tideswell

9:22

No away update

57
60

try

Aquile Smith

14:22

No away update

60
61

con

Ben Palmer

16:22

No away update

61
63

No home update

16:22

yellow card

Jones

63
73

No home update

16:22

rep

Broadhead for McKirdy

73
76

rep

Matt Dight for Andy Bulumakau

16:22

No away update

76
78

rep

Sam Pointon for Tom Benjamin

16:22

No away update

78
79

try

Mason Tonks

21:22

No away update

79
80

con

Ben Palmer

23:22

No away update

80

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