Moseley dominate to celebrate Allsopp century
By Jon Meadows
With the wind behind them Bishops Stortford kicked off for what was to be an entertaining half of rugby, full of open play. Moseley were soon on the scoresheet, collecting the opening kick they were soon in the opposition 22. The ball had been passed to Aquile Smith on the left wing, he was being taken into touch but not before he had passed to Daniel Eite who was on hand to touch down in the corner. The conversion attempt was from wide on the left, into the wind and fell well short.
Moseley collected the restart and returned it to touch about halfway inside their own half. Following the lineout the home team were penalised for being offside, Daniel Cole getting three points for the visitors.
Moseley were applying pressure but the defensive line was proving strong, this was until Smith broke towards the line. Tackled just short he passed inside to Elliott Creed who scored in the same place as the earlier try. Another tricky conversion attempt falling just short.
The home team were now being penned in deep in their own half and found themselves penalised once more, Cole again successful. Stortford continued to take the game to their opponents, but the home defence were proving just as hard to break down. A clever grubber kick went through for Jake Morris to gather who showed too much pace for the covering defender to touch down in the right hand corner. Cole made no mistake with a tricky conversion, bringing the visitors in front for the first time.
It was not to last long, from the restart Stortford penalised twice in quick succession, giving Moseley an attacking line out from about 6 metres. A catch set up the drive which was initially stalled until the backs came in to add extra impetus, Creed applying the required downward pressure.
Both teams were matching each other’s intensity and the half fizzled out to give the home team a slender lead.
Moseley started the second period a man down, Callum Allen having seen yellow just before the break. It was to matter little, the wind at their backs the home team began to dominate. Oliver Allsopp, celebrating his 100th appearance collected a clever chip through to run in the try bonus. Jolly added the extras.
Despite a strong defensive effort by the visitors Moseley were holding the upper hand both in possession and territory, Jolly converting two more penalties before a moment of class, a strong contender for ‘champagne moment’.
The home team had a series of 5 metre scrums, but were not able to take advantage, the visitors defence holding strong once more. This was until Stedman picked up from the back and passed inside, the ball coming to Allsopp who drew the defender before offloading to Creed to punch through the hole for his third, Jolly making no mistake.
Stortford did manage to get up to the Moseley 5 metres, but more defending turned the ball over and the danger was cleared. Jolly would have the chance to secure his hat-trick of penalties which he gratefully accepted. There being little else of note the final whistle was blown.
The result takes Moseley to third in the table, jumping over Plymouth who lost at home to Darlington.
Star Man: Ollie Allsopp
Referee: Jason Bessant (WRU)