Moseley tame the Lions
With a four match winning streak, including a home victory against third placed Plymouth the previous week, Leicester Lions were looking to reward their supporters with another scalp. Moseley travelled buoyed by their dominant performance from a fortnight ago. A match full of promise awaited.
Moseley kicked off and the Lions were soon on the backfoot. However, a couple of loose lineouts by the visitors denied them the opportunity to make any real advances.
Another opportunity arose on six minutes with an attacking 5 metre lineout. This time the ball was safely gathered and the drive was completed with Ollie Stedman opening the scoring, Jack Jolly successful with the kick.
Leicester started to find some rhythm and were rewarded with a penalty opportunity from just inside their visitors 10 metres. Opting to go for the posts the ball was pushed wide giving Moseley a 22 drop out and the ball was cleared upfield.
The game continued with both sides trying delicate chips over each other’s defensive line but both teams were on their toes and nothing was resulting. That was until another catch and drive on the home 22 saw Moseley with the upper hand once more. The ball was worked from the right, all the way over to Aquile Smith on the left wing who sprinted the short distance down the line to score in the corner. Jack Jolly once more successful from a difficult angle.
Both teams were taking the game to each other, with little reward. The Lions were awarded two penalties in quick succession, each with an easy three points on offer. Both times they opted to kick for touch, both times their attempted catch and drive was rebuffed and Moseley cleared their lines, completing an impressive defensive set.
It would not be long before the home team came knocking once more. With about ten minutes to go Ollie Allsopp was shown a yellow card for foul play. Despite being a man down, and firmly on the back foot, the Moseley defence held strong against the onslaught, that is until following a series of close-quarter rucks Leicester found Luke Bouchier in space on the left to score, the successful conversion from Daniel Lewis bringing the half time whistle.
Moseley started the second period brightly and were soon on the score sheet again, a fairly simple penalty with Jolly making no mistake.
The pitch, which had been heavy from the start, was becoming even more sticky and was beginning to nullify both teams efforts. Combined with some firm application of the laws, scoring from open play was never going to be easy.
And so it proved, both teams toiling with little reward, although it was the Moseley defence who had to put the hard yards to cancel out their opponent’s threat. Finaly, with about ten minutes to go, Leicester were awarded a kickable penalty. Lewis accepted the opportunity to bring the home team to within losing bonus point territory and giving the home support hope of something better.
It was not to be, the Moseley forwards showing again their slight superiority from the restart, Jolly given a fairly easy three pointer to restore a ten point lead.
Leicester had a late flourish, with time up they were awarded a penalty just inside the Moseley half. Attempting for the posts to secure the losing bonus the ball went wide and the referee blew his whistle for full time, much to the satisfaction of the strong travelling support.