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Moseley Grind Out League Victory Over Scottish

Moseley Grind Out League Victory Over Scottish

Moseley claimed their first Greene King IPA Championship win of the season in atrocious wet and windy conditions at Billesley Common this afternoon.

Moseley claimed their first Greene King IPA Championship win of the season in atrocious wet and windy conditions at Billesley Common this afternoon.


Kevin Maggs’ side won a hugely physical and attritional affair 16-9 with winger Drew Cheshire’s early second half try proving the difference between the sides.

The weather had a huge influence on the game and ultimately it was the home side who managed the conditions slightly better than Scottish who lost just their second league match of the campaign.

Having won the toss and choosing to play up the hill and against the wind in the first half, the Scots took the lead on nine minutes after a fine break by Miles Mantella eventually forced the penalty 18 metres out.

Pete Lydon made no mistake with the resulting kick before Moseley’s Sam Olver replied in kind nine minutes later after missing his opening penalty goal moments earlier.

The majority of the half saw both side’s trying to wrestle control upfront and through their kicking games.

However the weather dictated that there were errors aplenty and continuity was at a premium.

Sam Olver kicked Moseley into a 6-3 interval lead through his second penalty with the last play of the half.

The home side then scored their pivotal try within the opening five minutes of the second half.

A, clever, speculative kick by stand-off Olver near halfway found right winger Drew Cheshire who gathered the ball and ran in unopposed from 30 metres out.

Olver’s conversion opened up a 10 point lead before Lydon’s fine penalty immediately after closed that gap to seven.


Crucially Moseley were turning any meaningful territory into points and Olver kicked the hosts into a 16-6 lead on 56 minutes courtesy of his third penalty.

Lydon responded again with his own successful penalty right on the hour mark before Olver failed with an ambitious penalty from the left corner as the weather began to clear in the final quarter.

A seven point lead felt precious at this stage and Moseley were intent on seeing out the game and playing percentage rugby which proved to be a winning formula.

Scottish did get one final opportunity to snatch a late draw from a driving line-out near Moseley’s line but the hosts held out and kicked the ball dead from the resulting scrum to end the game, much to the delight of the vocal home support.

London Scottish: 15, Peter Lydon, 14, Matt Williams, 13, Lee Millar, 12, PJ Gidlow, 11, Miles Mantella, 10, Dan Newton, 9, Matt Heeks, 1, James Hallam, 2, Todd Gleave, 3, Max Maidment, 4, James Phillips, 5, Gregor Gillanders, 6, Neil Best, 7, Chris Walker, 8, Mark Bright (c).

Used replacements: 17, Dave Cherry, 16, Mark Lilley, 18, Ben Prescott.

Unused replacements: 19, Freddie Clarke, 20, Chris Auld, 21, Charlie Dochery, 22, Alec Coombes.


Penalties: Lydon, 9mins, 46mins, 60mins.

Moseley: 15, Michael Penn, 14, Drew Cheshire, 13, Scott Armstrong, 12, Will Owen, 11, Josh Skelcey, 10, Sam Olver, 9, Alex Day, 1, Danny Hobbs-Awoyemi, 2, Adam Caves, 3, Craig Voisey, 4, Greg Charlton, 5, Mike Powell, 6, Ed Siggery, 7, Charley Thomas, 8, Chris Brightwell.

Replacements:  16, Tom Warren, 17, Scott Tolmie, 18, Stefan Thorp, 19, Neil Mason, 20, Nile Dacres, 21, Rory Hutchinson, 22, David Brazier.


Tries:  Cheshire, 44mins

Conversions: Olver, 44mins.

Penalties: Olver, 18mins; 40mins, 56mins

Referee: David Proctor

Assistants: Lionel Spooner and Brian Ravenhill.

Fourth official: Luke Haskins.

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