21

Rosslyn
Park

V

19

Birmingham
Moseley

4th March 2023 - 3.00pm

by Bobby Bridge – Birmingham Mail

Birmingham Moseley’s next four games are ‘massive’ according to boss Adam Balding after his side suffered a third consecutive defeat.Tries from Aquile Smith and Ryan Roach sandwiched Rosslyn Park’s effort from Luc Smith to establish a half-time lead in south west London.But two converted scores from the hosts’ Charles Piper and Matthew Bolwell ten minutes after the restart changed the game before Jack English responded with a quarter-of-an hour remaining as Moseley closed the gap but ultimately suffered a third straight loss.With six rounds remaining, Balding’s side hold a 15-point buffer on second-from-bottom Leeds and the director of rugby knows there’s work to be done to ensure his side aren’t sucked into a relegation battle.“We’re very conscious that it’s still very tight from second bottom up to eighth,” said the former Leicester Tigers forward. “We’ve got some notable fixtures coming up. We’ve got Cambridge and Hull away then Leeds at home, Plymouth away then we’ve got a break.“So, the next four games are massive. We have to keep taking points in every game that we play in and we also have to pick up a couple of wins that we need to target.”Having lost by one point to Darlington Mowden Park and by three a week previously to the table-topping Rams, Moseley split the difference at Priory Lane. Despite coming out the wrong end of a hat-trick of close affairs, Balding remained pragmatic.“I’d say we were the better side,” he said. “It was three tries apiece, all that separated the two teams was a missed conversion. We had some young lads starting for us which was really exciting for them. Ethan Priest at tighthead, we had Josh Olver and Christopher Romano come off the bench. Two good young rowers who were getting blooded which is fantastic.“We can’t ask any more from the players. They were superb. We probably just let ourselves down a couple of times five metres from their line. In weeks gone by we’ve actually converted and I’ll probably saw we lacked just a bit of a clinical edge a couple of times when we visited their 22, apart from that I’ve got no real grumbles.“The lads worked so hard, the bench came on and did really well. It was a good game all round. Rosslyn Park played well, they’re a good side they certainly made us work for the points.“We struck first and went in at half-time in the lead. The first 10 minutes of the second half we were a bit cold and they scored two tries and then after that, I’d say we kind of controlled the game. I’m not even going to say that we ran out of time because I don’t think we did. We just missed two clear cut opportunities.”Balding pointed to the fact that at one stage in the second half, five of the forward pack were aged 22 or under as youth is given its chance in the closing chapters of the season.“When one door closes, one opens and it creates an opportunity,” Balding added. “At this stage of the season, once you go past the 17th of February, your squad is your squad and when you get injuries you have to work around it as best you can. I think the young lads who came in the front row were superb.“Having so many young lads out there paints a really positive picture moving forward, but ultimately we need to win.”
Rosslyn Park: Robinson, Amadi, Alexis, Gordon, Trimble, Holland, Lewis; Buckingham, Piper, Garvey, Spencer, Gillanders, Bolwell, Ellis, Laventure.Replacements: Rasor, Burns, Ledger, Baldwin, Smith
Moseley: Pointon, Smith, Allsopp, I.McNulty, Bulumakau, Lewis, Marsh; Foreman, Roach, Priest, Ayling, Barnes, Safe, Forsythe, StedmanReplacements: Olver, Romano, English, Egodo, Creed.

Starting XV

Buckingham
1
Foreman
Piper
2
Roach
Garvey
3
Priest
Spencer
4
Ayling
Gillanders
5
Barnes
Bolwell
6
Safe
Ellis
7
Forsythe
Laventure
8
Stedman
Lewis
9
Marsh
Holland
10
Lewis
Trimble
11
Bulumakau
Gordon
12
McNulty
Alexis
13
Allsopp
Amadi
14
Smith
Robinson
15
Pointon

Replacements

Ledger
16
Olver
Burns
17
Romano
Rasor
18
English
Baldwin
19
Egodo
Smith
20
Creed
Time
Score
Time
8

yellow card

Bolwell

0:0

No away update

8
13

rep

Ledger for Spencer

0:0

No away update

13
14

rep

Smith for Trimble

0:0

No away update

14
26

No home update

0:5

try

Aquile Smith

26
34

No home update

0:5

rep

Elliott Creed for Isaac McNulty

34
35

try

Smith

5:5

No away update

35
36

con

Holland

7:5

No away update

36
38

yellow card

Lewis

7:5

No away update

38
39

No home update

7:10

try

Ryan Roach

39
40

No home update

7:12

con

Dan Lewis

40
40

rep

Baldwin for Amadi

7:12

No away update

40
40

rep

Spencer for Ledger

7:12

No away update

40
42

try

Piper

12:12

No away update

42
42

No home update

12:12

yellow card

Ryan Roach

42
43

con

Holland

14:12

No away update

43
45

No home update

14:12

rep

Josh Olver for Will Safe (Card replacement)

45
50

try

Bolwell

19:12

No away update

50
51

con

Holland

21:12

No away update

51
51

rep

Amadi for Lewis

21:12

No away update

51
51

rep

Ledger for Ellis

21:12

No away update

51
52

No home update

21:12

rep

Will Safe for Josh Olver (Card reversal)

52
54

No home update

21:12

rep

Chris Romano for Joe Foreman

54
58

rep

Burns for Buckingham

21:12

No away update

58
60

No home update

21:12

rep

Jack English for Max Ayling

60
65

No home update

21:12

rep

Josh Olver for Ryan Roach

65
66

No home update

21:17

try

Jack English

66
67

No home update

21:19

con

Dan Lewis

67
75

No home update

21:19

rep

Ryan Roach for Josh Olver

75
78

rep

Lewis for Robinson

21:19

No away update

78

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