The match started with great enthusiasm by both sides. The visitors attacked through their threequarters and Centre Jack Linehan
and Winger Mike Wilkinson
put in some abrasive tackles to quell the danger. With a very stiff breeze in their faces Old Hales were finding it difficult to clear their lines by kicking to touch, this suited the likes of Liam Kendrick
as he just picked up the ball and bullocked his way through visiting defenders as if they weren’t there. Despite this the visitors continued to attack but again Old Hales scrambled the ball away from the ensuing ruck after good work by Skipper Matt Cox
and Scrum-Half Tom Shakespeare
. Old Hales fought back with some great back play as Oliver Case and Callum Roberts
combined well, only for the visitors covering defence to nullify the danger. However the visitors were the first to score when they drove down the blind-side and eventually scored a really well deserved try. Some great driving runs by Elliot Hickman
and the ever improving Jack Hardwick
saw Old Hales putting the visitors under pressure and Billy Taylor
put over a useful Penalty to keep Old Hales in the game. Moseley replied almost instantly from the restart with a converted try. With the game in the balance Old Hales needed the next score and indeed they did after some concerted effort by the forwards gained field position allowing Jack Welch
to score from a pick and go.
Half-time score 12 pts to 8 to the Visitors.
The Second-Half saw no reduction in both Teams efforts to gain the upper hand even though the Visitors put on the early pressure. However although Old Hales had a number of injuries Adam Gillett
gave warning that his powerful driving runs through the Centre would be rewarding to Old Hales. The Lineout work of Theo Seaton
was superb at times and got Old Hales on the front foot .Suddenly Adam Gillett
burst through the Visitors tackles like a Stag on the run, when finally brought down he still managed to deftly pass the ball to the graceful Oli Case
who dived over to score a wonderful unconverted try. This stunned Moseley and Old Hales were unlucky not to score another try. The Visitors losing with 8 minutes to the Final whistle threw every thing at Old Hales but the Hales defence was secure. However with time running out Old Hales inexplicably chose to still try and run the ball when they should have made the visitors work from their own 22metre area. The visitors used their vast experience to great advantage and scrambled two further scores to win the Game.
You only had to look at the Old Hales faces to know how much the score line hurt. Knowing they had the chance to have had a Victory against Moseley that does not happen very frequently.
However this was a stirring performance and again Two Teams should be applauded for an exciting and sporting game.
Old Halesonians Colts are at Home on 10th December to Tamworth.