MOSELEY OAK 52 KENILWORTH 17
Another tough day in the office for Kenilworth’s Walking Wounded!
Despite having an entire squad of players unavailable through injury, Kenilworth's Scratch 15 put up a valiant fight although ultimately lost out to a bigger and stronger home side. Typical of the team’s bad luck was that winger, Rhys Jones, had to pull out during the warm up since he had not recovered from previous injuries.
The game started dramatically with Kenilworth player, Ed Hannam, being taken out in the air by a Moseley player. In almost identical circumstances the previous week, England winger, Elliot Daly, had received a red card and Moseley were fortunate in that the referee awarded only a yellow. The player concerned was particularly fortunate in that the referee clearly “carded” the wrong man!
Kenilworth created some early pressure which they were unable to convert into points and Moseley then responded with a try to give them a 7 point lead. Ed Hannam left the field to be replaced by super sub, Will Blackmore, who battled gamely throughout the match.
Moseley’s forward power produced 3 more tries but Kenilworth responded with a fine break by Kenilworth Man of the Match, Bobby Thompson, who passed to specialist inside centre/hooker/flanker, Tommy Jones, who scored a fine try which was converted to bring the score to 24:7.
Moseley added a further try to leave the score at 31 : 7 at half time.
After the break, Will Blackmore scored from a driving maul to bring the scores to 31 : 12.
Moseley suffered another yellow yard for persistent infringement and from a lineout Jamie Mapletoft brought some encouragement to the Kenilworth faithful by scoring a try to bring the scores to 31 : 17.
Despite hard work by Chris Pemble, Nick Collett, Will Johnson and Raj Bahey and some fine tacking by Josh Hickman, Mikkel Anderson, Tommy Pumba Jones and Harry O’Brien, Kenilworth could not prevent further scores and ultimately they finished at 52 : 17.
Further injuries sustained by Chris Pemble and Eddie Hannam will do little to give them Christmas cheer in the run up to the festive season!
Pics of the game HERE