37

Cinderford

V

25

Birmingham
Moseley

10th September 2022 - 3.00pm

by Andy Mitchell

DIRECTOR of rugby Adam Balding backed Birmingham Moseley to emerge from a 37-25 defeat at Cinderford with a “hard edge” – despite feeling hard done by.

Balding argued his side had warranted a pair of bonus points having pushed to the very end for a fourth try in the Forest of Dean.

Dan Lewis’s early breakthrough and first-half kicking helped Mose stay within six points at the interval but Cinderford, inspired by Nathan Taylor’s hat-trick, went on to lead 29-13 just before the hour.

Harry Barnes pounced on some sloppy play to turn the tide, setting up the penalty try which was awarded when Ollie Stedman was prevented from scoring by Mason Tonks’s high tackle.

Matt Marsh crossed the line to close the gap to seven points with six minutes left but Cinderford scored again through Danny Hodge while Marsh remained on the ground receiving treatment.

“We started really well and then Cinderford got their maul going, something that everyone knows they are good at and they certainly took their chances,” said Balding.

“We created lots of good opportunities and took our tries well. Losing two second-rows (to injury) didn’t help but the boys stuck at it really well.

“All credit to Cinderford for getting the win but I felt we could have got at least a point, maybe two – if we had come out of the game with two points that would probably have been a fair reflection.

“I don’t think we did enough to win it but we definitely deserved a point or two.”

Two cancelled pre-season friendlies left Mose short of match time ahead of the new campaign but Balding was happy to see improvement from the opening-day defeat to Sale and wants more at home to promoted Esher on Friday (7.30).

“It was an unusual pre-season, we trained really well and had loads of sessions but didn’t play enough,” he added.

“The difference between this performance and last week’s was like night and day – if we had played like this against Sale we would have won that game.

“We have a great group of lads with good leaders and we look forward to welcoming Esher. We are back at Billesley Common, we need to react well, build on this and hopefully get a good win.

“Playing two of the top six at the start has probably given us that hard edge that we need to move forward.”

Starting XV

George Porter
1
Foreman
Nathan Taylor
2
McNulty
Shaun Knight
3
Tideswell
Tyler Jerrum
4
Ayling
Jack Shields
5
Butler
Matthew Lane
6
Obano
Joe Mullis
7
Brown
Harry Hone
8
Stedman
Michael Austen
9
Marsh
Reece Broughton
10
Palmer
Timothy Andrew
11
Bulumakau
James Forrester
12
Knox
Willaim Baldwin
13
Creed
Mason Tonks
14
Pointon
Michael Wilcox
15
Lewis

Replacements

Timothy Brockett
16
Olver
Joseph Smart
17
Ajayi
Daniel Hodge
18
Langley
Aaron Ryan
19
Barnes
Clive Stewart-Smith
20
Combes
Time
Score
Time
02

No home update

0:5

try

Dan Lewis

02
03

No home update

0:7

con

Dan Lewis

03
06

try

Taylor

5:7

No away update

06
07

con

Broughton

7:7

No away update

07
10

No home update

7:10

pen

Dan Lewis

10
15

try

Taylor

12:10

No away update

15
18

No home update

12:10

rep

Harry Barnes for Max Ayling

18
28

No home update

12:10

rep

David Langley for James Tideswell

28
29

try

Baldwin

17:10

No away update

29
30

con

Broughton

19:10

No away update

30
33

No home update

19:13

pen

Dan Lewis

33
39

No home update

19:13

rep

Jide Ajayi for Harry Butler

39
41

No home update

19:13

rep

Jack Combes for Dan Lewis

41
48

try

Taylor

24:13

No away update

48
49

con

Broughton

26:13

No away update

49
50

rep

Ryan for Mullis

26:13

No away update

50
57

pen

Broughton

29:13

No away update

57
57

rep

Hodge for Jerrum

29:13

No away update

57
63

No home update

29:20

try

Penalty Try

63
63

yellow card

Tonks

29:20

No away update

63
63

rep

Smart for Porter

29:20

No away update

63
65

rep

Brockett for Knight

29:20

No away update

65
66

No home update

29:20

rep

Josh Olver for Suvwe Obano

66
71

pen

Broughton

32:20

No away update

71
71

rep

Suvwe Obano for Sam McNulty

32:20

No away update

71
74

No home update

32:25

try

Matt Marsh

74
75

rep

Jerrum for Hone

32:25

No away update

75
76

try

Hodge

37:25

No away update

76
75

rep

Stuart-Smith for Tonks

32:25

No away update

75

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