32

Birmingham
Moseley

V

30

Darlington
Mowden
Park

22nd October 2022 - 3.00pm

by Andy Mitchell – Birmingham Mail

Adam Balding joked he had “aged 10 years” during a tense finale in which Ollie Allsopp fired Birmingham Moseley to victory with the last kick of the game.

Mose let slip an 18-point lead to trail by just one with a minute to go but Balding’s boys dug deep and picked up a penalty during a last-ditch surge for the line.

The kick was the only option and Allsopp kept his cool, slamming between the sticks from left of centre and inside the 22 to the relief of the home faithful.

“I think I have aged 10 years,” Balding quipped.

“All credit to Darlington, though, they didn’t go away, there was probably a bit of overexcitement in the second half, particularly once we got into a good lead.

“We probably played a little too deep at times which gave them easy field position to kick on. That should be an easy fix but the bigger things we talked about over the past week were character, belief and pride in the Birmingham Moseley shirt and I thought every player represented the club with absolute heart and conviction.

“That is all you can ask for and I am really proud. Yes, it was a bit close but I was always confident we would win, I didn’t think it would take the last kick but it was gutsy and the whole performance was something for us to build on.”

Mose started well with Jacques Le Roux releasing Elliott Creed to dash over before Matt Minogue and Allsopp traded penalties.

Morgan Passman was a thorn in Moseley’s side, bursting through two challenges and almost scoring before bludgeoning his way through three tackles to make it 10-8.

Mose continued to carry a threat themselves with Matt Marsh’s quick tapped penalty and jink past two opponents setting up Tom Benjamin’s try and a third arrived just before half-time, Marsh in the mix again to find David Langley to power over.

Sam McNulty finished off a driving maul with Allsopp’s conversion making it 29-11 early in the second half but Passman was simply unplayable when he isolated opponents, twice darting down the left to complete his hat-trick just past the hour mark.

That set up a tense last quarter and Darlington moved ahead for the first time when Ollie Walker jumped between two bodies and evaded Benjamin’s tackle to score and Minogue converted.

Balding reflected on “bad judgments” around Passman’s second and third tries but also acknowledged his quality.

“We gave them the opportunities to score,” said Balding.

“When we were organised and set we dealt with them really well but he was a real handful. I am sure he will get attention from other teams if he keeps putting in performances like that.”

Attendance: 606.

Starting XV

Ajayi
1
Barron
McNulty
2
Fraine
Langley
3
Kyle-Clay
Barnes
4
Vaioleti
Butler
5
Davies
Le Roux
6
Craggs
English
7
Fantini
Stedman
8
Hodgson
Marsh
9
Pascoe
Allsopp
10
Minogue
Smith
11
Passman
McNulty
12
McKensie
Creed
13
Frankland
Pointon
14
Hadfield
Benjamin
15
McTurk

Replacements

Roach
16
Guest
Priest
17
Grant
Tideswell
18
Fisher
Thomas
19
Walker
Palmer
20
Hardwick
Time
Score
Time
6

try

Ollie Allsopp

5:0

No away update

6
7

con

Ollie Allsopp

7:0

No away update

7
9

No home update

7:3

pen

Minogue

9
13

pen

Ollie Allsopp

10:3

No away update

13
20

No home update

10:8

try

Passman

20
26

try

Tom Benjamin

15:8

No away update

26
27

con

Ollie Allsopp

17:8

No away update

27
30

No home update

17:11

pen

Minogue

30
38

try

David Langley

22:11

No away update

38
40

rep

Rhys Thomas for Jack English

22:11

No away update

40
40

No home update

22:11

rep

Fisher for Fantini

40
40

No home update

22:11

rep

Guest for Fraine

40
48

try

Sam McNulty

27:11

No away update

48
49

con

Ollie Allsopp

29:11

No away update

49
50

No home update

29:16

try

Passman

50
56

No home update

29:16

rep

Fantini for Vaioleti

56
61

No home update

29:21

try

Passman

61
62

No home update

29:23

con

Minogue

62
62

No home update

29:23

rep

Walker for Mackensie

62
62

No home update

29:23

rep

Hardwick for Pascoe

62
62

rep

Jack English for Jacques Le Roux

29:23

No away update

62
62

rep

James Tideswell for Jide Ajayi

29:23

No away update

62
72

rep

Jacques Le Roux for Ollie Stedman

29:23

No away update

72
74

rep

Ryan Roach for Sam McNulty

29:23

No away update

74
75

rep

Ethan Priest for David Langley

29:23

No away update

75
78

No home update

29:28

try

Walker

78
79

No home update

29:30

con

Minogue

79
79

rep

Ben Palmer for Matt Marsh

29:30

No away update

79
80

pen

Ollie Allsopp

32:30

No away update

80

Most recent match reports

Birmingham
Moseley

V

Rams

Birmingham
Moseley

V

Chinnor

Birmingham
Moseley

V

Cinderford