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1st Team - Match centre

Birmingham Moseley
Darlington Mowden Park
C Brightwell
Full time
G Connon, S Uzokwe, O Hodgson, S McCartney
W Seals (3), G Law
J Dixon, J Dixon, J Dixon, J Dixon
W Seals
Sat 23 Sep 14:00 - RFU National - National 1

Second Half Comeback Keeps Mowden at the Top

Four second half tries ensured DMP maintained their 100% start to the season.

In a carbon copy of last season's performance at Birmingham Moseley RFC's Billesley Common HQ, DMPRFC held their nerve after the home side had edged the first half, to dominate the second half with a dominant performance of 15-man rugby, to which the opposition had no answer.

Last season, DMPRFC were 19 - 0 down before sneaking the win 19 - 21. But this time there was no question of the home side being 'mugged' at the end, as the visitors ran out deserved winners, with a convincing display after the break.

On a perfect day for a game of rugby, the home side decided to utilise the slope at Billesley Common and the elements in the form of a deceptive wind and a bright sunshine, restricting the vision of their opponents, as the match kicked off in front of a sizeable home crowd boosted by a decent travelling contingent from the North.

Within two minutes the home side were awarded a penalty, when a visiting defender was found to be entering the ruck from the side. Home fly half James Dixon registering the first points of the game (0 - 3).

Both sides enjoyed an equal amount of possession in the opening ten minutes of play, but neither managed to construct an opening, as the final pass or passage of play broke down with regularity.

Then came a blow for Birmingham Moseley, as experienced hooker Adam Caves was forced to leave the field for the duration of the game, after being knocked unconscious whilst tackling his opposite number Chris Wood.

Two minutes later however, home No. 8 Chris Brightwell softened the blow of the loss, by scoring the game's first try when the DMPRFC defence found themselves stretched, allowing Brightwell to cut a line through to score (8 - 0), the conversion missed by Dixon.

Fly half Warren Seals put DMPRFC 's first points on the scoreboard, just before the first quarter of the game had elapsed, as an over exuberant home defender's tackle had strayed too high in the judgement of the official (8 - 3).

A pair of penalties within less than ten minutes were then registered by Birmingham Moseley, as DMPRFC fell foul of the official at the ruck (11 - 3) and in the tackle respectively (14- 3), allowing the home side to take an 11-point advantage into the break, as both sides rued missing several scoring opportunities in the first forty minutes.

Birmingham Moseley added to their total within three minutes of the restart, when a long speculative kick out of defence by the visitors was collected and returned in kind and after some frantic defence, a DMPRFC defender held on in the tackle, allowing the home side to add another three points to their total (17 - 3).

At this point, DMPRFC enjoyed a ten minute 'purple-patch', effectively wrapping up the game, scoring three converted tries in the process, ending the resistance of Birmingham Moseley.

The first try came courtesy of the reliable Grant Connon who found himself able to penetrate the home defence with pin-point accuracy, as the DMPRFC forwards had made sufficient progress deep into the home side's territory with pick and drive' tactics able to fashion the opportunity (17 - 8), SEALS converting (17 - 10).

This was quickly followed by a typical barnstorming effort by replacement flanker Simon Uzokwe, who 'skittled' a trio of home defenders on his way to scoring an awesome individual try (17 - 15), which was easily converted by SEALS (17 - 17).

This evened up the scores, however, DMPRFC were in no mood to consolidate and it was fellow back row Ollie Hodgson, who charged over after a break from McCartney DMPRFC (17 - 22) and with the successful conversion from SEALS to follow (17 - 24), Birmingham Moseley looked 'shell-shocked' as did the home supporters as the noise levels dramatically reduced.

All credit to Birmingham Moseley, they did rally and mounted a series of positive incursions deep into the visitors territory. Ignoring two successive penalty efforts on goal, the home side opted for the lineout each time but were thwarted by some mean DMPRFC defence.

However, two 5-metre scrums looked like bringing reward for the home side's efforts. Only some huge defence from DMPRFC prevented Birmingham Moseley from scoring and when the final scrum was negated, DMPRFC broke out of defence, instigated by a massive kick from replacement lock Talite Vaioleti, which wreaked havoc in the retreating home defence, who had all been sucked into attack.

DMPRFC manage to regain the ball and winger Shaun McCartney, who had been faultless under the high ball all game, found room to storm in to wrap up proceedings for the visitors (17 - 29).

With replacement Garry Law adding the extras (17 - 31) it wasn't long before the official's whistle heralded the end of a game and another 5-point hall for DMPRFC.

Key moments

2:00
Penalty James Dixon kicks a penalty for Birmingham Moseley
10:00
Try Chris Brightwell scores for Birmingham Moseley
17:00
Penalty Warren Seals kicks a penalty for Darlington Mowden Park
31:00
Penalty James Dixon kicks a penalty for Birmingham Moseley
39:00
Penalty James Dixon kicks a penalty for Birmingham Moseley
43:00
Penalty James Dixon kicks a penalty for Birmingham Moseley
46:00
Try Grant Connon scores for Darlington Mowden Park
46:30
Conversion Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
53:00
Try Simon Uzokwe scores for Darlington Mowden Park
53:30
Conversion Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
55:00
Try Ollie Hodgson scores for Darlington Mowden Park
55:30
Conversion Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
74:00
Try Shaun McCartney scores for Darlington Mowden Park
74:30
Conversion Garry Law kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park

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Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Grant Connon is awarded player of the match for Darlington Mowden Park
74:30 Conversion 17 - 31
Garry Law kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
74:00 Try 17 - 29
Shaun McCartney scores for Darlington Mowden Park
55:30 Conversion 17 - 24
Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
55:00 Try 17 - 22
Ollie Hodgson scores for Darlington Mowden Park
53:30 Conversion 17 - 17
Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
53:00 Try 17 - 15
Simon Uzokwe scores for Darlington Mowden Park
46:30 Conversion 17 - 10
Warren Seals kicks a conversion for Darlington Mowden Park
46:00 Try 17 - 8
Grant Connon scores for Darlington Mowden Park
43:00 Penalty 17 - 3
James Dixon kicks a penalty for Birmingham Moseley
End of period 1
39:00 Penalty 14 - 3
James Dixon kicks a penalty for Birmingham Moseley
31:00 Penalty 11 - 3
James Dixon kicks a penalty for Birmingham Moseley
17:00 Penalty 8 - 3
Warren Seals kicks a penalty for Darlington Mowden Park
10:00 Try 8 - 0
Chris Brightwell scores for Birmingham Moseley
2:00 Penalty 3 - 0
James Dixon kicks a penalty for Birmingham Moseley
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Birmingham Moseley
  • Darlington Mowden Park
  • 0
  • James Dixon Penalty 2:00'
  • Chris Brightwell Try 10:00'
  • Warren Seals Penalty 17:00'
  • James Dixon Penalty 31:00'
  • James Dixon Penalty 39:00'
  • James Dixon Penalty 43:00'
  • Grant Connon Try 46:00'
  • Warren Seals Conversion 46:30'
  • Simon Uzokwe Try 53:00'
  • Warren Seals Conversion 53:30'
  • Ollie Hodgson Try 55:00'
  • Warren Seals Conversion 55:30'
  • Shaun McCartney Try 74:00'
  • Garry Law Conversion 74:30'
  • Grant Connon Player of the Match 80:00'

Team selection

Connon, Grant Connon, Grant
Mackenzie, Callum Mackenzie, Callum
Frankland, Ben Frankland, Ben
Auld, Chris Auld, Chris
McCartney, Shaun McCartney, Shaun
Seals, Warren Seals, Warren
Dudman, Matt Dudman, Matt
Hodgson, Ollie Hodgson, Ollie
Heaton, Matt Heaton, Matt
Fisher, Dave Fisher, Dave
Craggs, Joe Craggs, Joe
Brady, Jake Brady, Jake
Fearn, Darren Fearn, Darren
Wood, Chris Wood, Chris
Appleby, Ralph Appleby, Ralph
Birmingham Moseley
  • 1. Joe Wrafter
  • 2. Adam Caves
  • 3. James Tideswell
  • 4. Buster Lawrence
  • 5. Lewis Bean
  • 6. Laurence Cowen
  • 7. Josh Poole
  • 8. Chris Brightwell
  • 9. Sam Brown
  • 10. James Dixon
  • 11. Joshua Jarvis
  • 12. Ollie Allsopp
  • 13. Tim Molenaar
  • 14. Sam Pointon
  • 15. Mike Penn

League round up

Other National 1 results

Ampthill
45
5
Esher
Coventry
37
10
Blackheath
26
36
Old Albanians
36
20
Loughborough
Plymouth Albion
68
15
Fylde
Rosslyn Park
24
31

League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Coventry 7 34
2. Plymouth Albion 7 31
3. Darlington Mowden Park 7 31
4. Ampthill 7 28
5. Blackheath 7 28
6. Old Elthamians 7 21
7. Bishop's Stortford 7 20

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