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Birmingham
Moseley

20th November 2021 -

by Paul Smith (Sunday Mercury) 

Disappointing Birmingham Moseley slipped to a third consecutive National One defeat courtesy of a 33-3 reverse at Bishop’s Stortford.

The visitors, who arrived in Hertfordshire on the back of a good performance in last week’s home defeat by title chasing Rosslyn Park, never got going until the closing stages of the contest.

And by then Stortford – who began the day nine points and five league positions below the Red-and-Blacks – had secured a comfortable win plus a much-needed bonus point.

Adam Balding’s mid-table Moseley team now face a tough run of fixtures against National One’s leading sides and urgently need to re-establish some of the confidence and determination which typified their impressive early-season form.

Stortford were handed the best possible start when Moseley allowed home scrum-half Sam Bryan to dart through a gap close to the breakdown from where he sent centre Jack Scantlebury over for a try which Tom Walker converted.

Mason Tonks was then denied a chip-and-chase score by some good Stortford cover before Harry O’Brien slotted the simple 30-metre penalty that put the visitors on the scoreboard.

The hosts extended their advantage shortly before the half-hour mark with a well-worked try to which tall winger Chris Smith applied the finishing touch after his forwards made plenty of ground around the fringes.

Walker added the extras and the home side’s no.15 soon took his personal tally into double figures when he converted his own touchdown following flanker Jacob Wrafter’s barreling run.

With Moseley lock Harry Barnes in the sin bin his opposite number Harry Charter was denied a score for an earlier knock-on but this still left the visitors with an 18-point interval deficit.

And Balding’s team had a mountain to climb three minutes into the second half when Rafter dived into the right corner to register a try bonus point for the hosts after Moseley turned possession over on their own 22.

Aside from an impressive effort from their front five in both scrum and lineout the visitors had little to shout about until a raft of substitutions sparked them into fourth quarter attacking life.

Aquile Smith broke dangerously down the right only for a handling error to end the move before Pat Zindi’s score was ruled out for offside.

And a length-of-the-field Moseley attack launched by Isaac McNulty’s interception ended with Tonks failing to hold the scoring pass at the other end.

However, with Zindi in the sin bin Stortford had the last word through Walker’s conversion of lock Tom Lewis’ driving lineout score.

Scorers:

Bishop’s Stortford:

Tries: Scantlebury, Smith, Walker, Wrafter, Lewis

Cons: Walker (4)

Pens: 

Birmingham Moseley:

Tries: 

Cons: 

Pens: O’Brien

Line-Ups:

Bishop’s Stortford: Walker; Swannack, Ayrton, Scantlebury, Smith; Cole, Bryan; Brownhill, King, McCrone; Charter, Lewis; Apperley, Wrafter, Banks

Replacements: Rayment, Peverelle, Etherington, Stannard, Powell

Birmingham Moseley: Benjamin; Tonks, Allsopp, I.McNulty, Smith; O’Brien, Pointon; Foreman, S.McNulty, Ajayi; Kiff, Butler; Safe, Munro, Johnson

Replacements: Tideswell, Barnes, Zindi, Dight, Cleaver

Referee: Iain Kiy

Half-time: Bishop’s Stortford 21-3 Birmingham Moseley

Starting XV

Brownhill
1
Foreman
King
2
McNulty
McCrone
3
Ajayi
Charter
4
Kiff
Lewis
5
Butler
Apperley
6
Safe
Wrafter
7
Munro
Banks
8
Johnson
Bryan
9
Pointon
Cole
10
O’Brien
Smith
11
Smith
Scattlebury
12
McNulty
Ayrton
13
Allsopp
Swannack
14
Tonks
Walker
15
Benjamin

Replacements

Rayment
16
Tideswell
Peverelle
17
Barnes
Etherington
18
Zindi
Stannard
19
Dight
Powell
20
Cleaver
Time
Score
Time
4

try

Scantlebury

5:0

No away update

4
5

con

Walker

7:0

No away update

5
12

No home update

7:3

pen

Harry O'Brien

12
26

try

Smith

12:3

No away update

26
27

con

Walker

14:3

No away update

27
27

No home update

14:3

rep

James Tideswell for Jide Ajayi

27
34

rep

Stannard for Smith

14:3

No away update

34
35

try

Walker

19:3

No away update

35
36

con

Walker

21:3

No away update

36
37

No home update

19:3

yellow card

Harry Butler

37
41

try

Swannack

26:3

No away update

41
44

No home update

26:3

rep

Harry Barnes for Ashley Johnson

44
46

No home update

26:3

rep

Matt Dight for Ollie Allsopp

46
46

rep

Powell for Scantlebury

26:3

No away update

46
56

No home update

26:3

rep

Ashley Johnson for Sam McNulty

56
56

No home update

26:3

rep

Patrick Zindi for Liam Munro

56
57

rep

Rayment for King

26:3

No away update

57
60

No home update

26:3

rep

Jide Ajayi for Joe Foreman

60
62

rep

Etherington for Banks

26:3

No away update

62
64

No home update

26:3

rep

Niall Cleaver for Harry O'Brien

64
71

No home update

26:3

rep

Joe Foreman for James Tideswell

71
71

rep

Peverelle for McCrone

26:3

No away update

71
77

try

Lewis

31:3

No away update

77
77

No home update

31:3

yellow card

Patrick Zindi

77
78

con

Walker

33:3

No away update

78

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