Nottingham slipped to another British and Irish Cup
defeat at Meadow Lane, beaten 26-27 by Moseley courtesy of the last
kick of the game.
That made it seven straight cup defeats for the Green and Whites
- a new club record - with one game remaining in this season's
With few moments of genuine quality it was a poor game to watch,
but at least provided valuable experience for some of both sides'
An early penalty attempt from Will Maisey drifted just wide, as
did a second on ten minutes as Nottingham dominated.
They took the lead a couple of minutes later though with a
trademark catch and drive, flanker Matt Everard getting the
touchdown and Maisey making it 7-nil with the conversion.
It was midway through the first half before they added to that
score though, a fine break down the left from Liam O'Neil taking
him deep into the Moseley 22 where the supporting Orisi Nawaqaliva
did well to squeeze over in the corner for an unconverted try.
The visitors got their first points on the board with a drive
from a lineout inside the home 22, hooker Reece Marshall getting
the touchdown and Ollie Taylor adding the extras with a twice-taken
conversion just before the half hour.
This was the boost Moseley needed and five minutes later they
were level as centre Rory Hutchinson broke through for a try,
Taylor's conversion putting them ahead.
One of Nottingham's best attacks of the game though saw them
regain their lead from another close range lineout, Everard again
getting the touchdown and Maisey converting, after Javiah Pohe had
gone close in a move that brought a yellow card for Moseley prop
That gave Nottingham a 19-14 lead at the break, but it was
Moseley who stepped up their game in the early stages of the second
half, full back Edward Sheldon eventually levelling the scores with
a try in the 53rd minute.
Having missed the conversion, Taylor soon made amends as he
evaded a couple of tackles to score in the left hand corner to make
it 19-24 as the game moved into the final quarter.
The Green and Whites finished the game strongly and created a
few half chances, the best of which gave replacement Rory Lynn the
space and time to try an adventurous crossfield kick which almost
brought a try but for a bad bounce.
And as the game moved into injury time they finally made the
breakthrough when the pressure created a gap for Elliott Cox to
cross the line, Lynn making it 26-24 with the conversion.
But a penalty midway inside the home half minutes later gave
Moseley the win with the last kick of a disappointing game.