34

Birmingham
Moseley

V

34

Bishop’s
Stortford

28th January 2023 - 3.00pm

by Andy Mitchell – Birmingham Mail

Moseley’s supreme discipline in the first half was followed by a litany of bad judgements with a 21-point lead squandered in this pulsating draw.

Despite Harry Barnes spending 10 minutes in the sin bin, Mose had registered a try-scoring bonus point by the interval while keeping Stortford at arm’s length.

A rocky start to the second half saw the gap swiftly cut to seven before Oli Stedman completed his hat-trick, only to be promptly sin-binned for retaliation.

He was followed to the sidelines by prop Joe Foreman, leaving Moseley with 13 men for a brief spell, and Stedman controversially saw red seven minutes from the end as referee Tim Allatt deemed he had pinched the ball out of a ruck with Moseley defending for their lives, a decision that appeared questionable.

The gap was still seven points at that stage but Ryan Jackson landed from a driving maul to level matters two minutes from the end with Moseley having to dig deep to avoid defeat during the last knockings.

Mose turned the screw from kick-off to score within two minutes, Matt Marsh getting released to dive over shortly after a forceful surge by Jide Ajayi. Dan Lewis added the extras.

Barnes was punished for a high tackle, halting a seemingly certain Stortford try, but Moseley soon stamped their authority and scored a slick second, Marsh and Lewis spraying passes before Sam Pointon jinked his way through.

Stortford prop Ben Harrison-Price was sin-binned late in the first half with Stedman scoring from a relentless Mose scrum and then lying in wait to bludgeon through for his second before the break.

Two half-time changes kicked Stortford into life with Austin Pope’s fine individual effort and James Ayrton’s burst to feed scorer Jake Morris turning the tables.

Mose hit back with Stedman completing his hat-trick by nipping through from the back of a line-out but he was carded in the aftermath and Lloyd got three points back by kicking the penalty.

Joe Foreman saw yellow just before the hour as Stortford got awarded a penalty try but Lewis scored a crucial penalty for the 13 men against the run of play.

Stedman’s dismissal was followed by a close call from a scrum but Jackson was still able to equalise with time running out.

Attendance 561

Starting XV

Foreman
1
smith
McNulty
2
Rayment
Ajayi
3
Harrison-Price
Barnes
4
Charther
Butler
5
Nkwocha
Koroiyadi
6
Langworthy
Morris
7
Wills
Stedman
8
Rogers
Marsh
9
Lloyd
Lewis
10
Cole
Bulumakau
11
Moore
Allsopp
12
Pope
Creed
13
Ayrton
Smith
14
Smith
Pointon
15
Morris

Replacements

Olver
16
JAckson
Priest
17
Roberts
English
18
Jones
Egodo
19
Wrafter
Knox
20
Powell
Time
Score
Time
02

try

Matt Marsh

5:0

No away update

02
03

con

Dan Lewis

7:0

No away update

03
09

yellow card

Harry Barnes

7:0

No away update

09
19

try

Sam Pointon

12:0

No away update

19
19

rep

Rob Knox for Elliott Creed

12:0

No away update

19
28

No home update

12:3

pen

Lloyd

28
31

No home update

12:3

yellow card

Harrison-Price

31
31

No home update

13:3

rep

Wrafter for Rogers

31
31

No home update

12:3

rep

Roberts for Moore

31
33

try

Ollie Stedman

17:3

No away update

33
34

con

Dan Lewis

19:3

No away update

34
36

try

Ollie Stedman

24:3

No away update

36
40

No home update

24:3

rep

Jones for Wills

40
40

No home update

24:3

rep

Jackson for Rayment

40
42

No home update

24:3

rep

Moore for Harrison-Price

42
43

No home update

24:8

try

Pope

43
44

No home update

24:10

con

Lloyd

44
47

No home update

24:15

try

Morris

47
48

No home update

24:17

con

Lloyd

48
51

try

Ollie Stedman

29:17

No away update

51
52

yellow card

Ollie Stedman

29:17

No away update

52
52

con

Dan Lewis

31:17

No away update

52
53

No home update

31:20

pen

Cole

53
56

No home update

31:20

rep

Powell for Price

56
59

yellow card

Joe Foreman

31:20

No away update

59
60

No home update

31:27

try

Penalty Try

60
62

rep

Ethan Priest for Jide Ajayi

31:27

No away update

62
68

pen

Dan Lewis

34:27

No away update

68
70

rep

Jack English for Harry Butler

34:27

No away update

70
73

red card

Ollie Stedman

34:27

No away update

73
74

rep

Tuoyo Egodo for Matt Marsh

34:27

No away update

74
77

No home update

34:32

try

Jackson

77
78

No home update

34:34

con

Lloyd

78

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