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Jan 5, 2013, 7:31 PM

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Saturday 05/01/2013
The Championship – Stage 1
Moseley RUFC 23 Jersey RUFC 19
Admission: £17 + £2 transfer to stand seats. Blinkin’ heck! Pirate (Well, it is the second tier of the RFU, I suppose ….)
Programme: £2 (48pp glossy, flatters to deceive, however, 27pp advertising and zilch about the visitors)
Refreshments: £2.18 chicken pie and litre of milk from local shop by the ground before the game. Wasn’t going to pay any more after the soddin’ admission charge but it was perishing up in the stand today, so relented: £1.80 coffee and Mars bar from snack bar at half time
Attendance: I’d say around the 1,000 mark.

Somewhat taken aback by the admission charge, so whinged for a concession (£12), but they were adamant the Ostrich didn’t qualify. Advised them most soccer clubs gave concessions at 60, and was then granted a chocolate from the bowl on the table at the pay-station in lieu …. Would have preferred the £5 deduction Unimpressed.

I’ve been here just once before, when Bournville used the ground for a one-off league match, but it must be at least 45 years since I last saw Moseley play, back in the old days at the Reddings. I call this ground “Portakabin Central”. There’s 16 portakabin hospitality boxes stacked in two tiers behind one goal, and numerous other portakabins dotted around housing the changing rooms, club shop, bar etc. Apart from these, there’s a (rather open to the elements) stand with around 800 seats and a canvas roof (which was about 80% full today), a small platform on the other side for a TV video camera, a manual scoreboard and that’s about it. Parking for, I guess, 150 cars outside the ground.

Both sides are in the basement of the 12-team Championship, only Doncaster Knights below them, nevertheless, there was some attractive running rugby and slick handling on display today. Jersey took the lead with a second minute penalty, and Moseley equalised 5 minutes later. Jersey fly-half Le Borgeois then attempted an ambitious penalty from just inside his own half which, with the wind, fell just under the crossbar, and attempted the feat a second time from a couple of yards further into his half on 18m, this time he got the distance but was slightly wide. He was, however, accurate on 26m with an easier attempt to make it 3-6.

Moseley then shocked Jersey with two quick tries, a sudden breakaway two-on-one situation which Hayter took over the line, and a close range effort from prop Thorp. Neither was converted.

A further exchange of penalties early in the second half made it 16-9 – Moseley fans were urging their side on to score two more tries and a bonus, and King obliged with a score after sustained pressure in the left corner, giving the home side a 14 point cushion, but Jersey were looking increasingly confident and stunned the home side with two quick tries in the 68th and 72nd minutes, a fast movement down the right wing putting Griffiths in, followed by a charge-down of a defensive clearance; it was unclear which player took it over the line. Neither try was converted so the score was 23-19, and Moseley had to navigate a nervous final 10 minutes before securing the win. An entertaining match !

Plus point: they played Meatloaf’s “Dead Ringer” at half-time …. Cool
Minus point : what I’m going to call the “Yodelling Twerp”. Some eejit in the stand kept breaking into a long solo two-pitch warble, at the climax of which, everyone else in the stand shouted “WHAY” and broke into a round of applause. Obviously some sort of ritual. The first time it was startling, the second time tedious, the third time annoying; by the sixth time, I was ready to put out a contract …. Frown

Journey back to the city centre by bus in the company of a Jersey fan (there were more than a few present today) – interesting to hear his thoughts on the game out there on the Island – and on Guernsey FC too!

(This post was edited by Ostrich on Jan 5, 2013, 11:44 PM)

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