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Nottingham 49 vs Moseley 32 - Match Report

Nottingham got their hopes of a place in the promotion play offs back on track with an important win over Moseley.

Moseley Home League Match Report 2015

There will be some disappointment at having conceded a couple of soft tries but overall they were the better side and deserved their 49-32 success.

It was never likely to be a stroll against a side fighting it out at the bottom end of the table, and so it proved - it was only in the last ten minutes that the Green and Whites managed to pull clear.

And that came at a time when they were reduced to fourteen men, Dan Montagu having been yellow-carded. While he was off the field Nottingham scored two opportunist tries, both converted by Tiff Eden, to win that 10 minute spell 14-5.

Apart from taking them back above Rotherham Titans and into the top four, it also brought a run of five consecutive defeats to an end.

The Green and Whites dominated the opening minutes and as the visitors struggled to get out of their own half they conceded a penalty which Eden kicked to touch. The inevitable drive brought the inevitable Brent Wilson try, with Eden landing the conversion for an early 7-nil lead.

Moseley's first attack brought them a penalty, and they forced a carbon copy score, driving back row man Ed Siggery over for a try.

Although Will Hooley missed the conversion he struck a pen over five minutes later to put his side in front at 7-8.

Nottingham replied with another attempt at a pushover, but with Moseley infringing the referee awarded a penalty try. Eden's conversion gave them a 14-8 lead midway through the first half.

Back came Moseley though to grab their second try, this time Ben Nutley getting over the line but Hooley again off target with the conversion.

Another strong drive from the Green and Whites eventually produced a try. Although the Moseley defence managed to hold the drive, Nottingham moved the ball infield and some good handling saw Billy Robinson break the line for try number three. Eden's conversion made it 21-13 just after the half hour.

Within minutes they clinched the all-important bonus point with another good effort from Javiah Pohe, who raced in under the posts to give Eden a straightforward conversion.

There was still time for more drama though as the visitors then forced a penalty try in first half injury time, Will Hooley's conversion making t 28-20 at the break.

But when Moseley were penalised at the first scrum of the second half Nottingham quickly took advantage with Shaun Malton breaking away for a try, with Eden again tagging on the conversion.

Still Moseley refused to buckle though, and replacement Josh Skelcey raced clear down the left for a bonus point try in the corner, Hooley doing well to convert.

And Skelcey's second brought them back to within three points with just thirteen minutes remaining, and following that yellow card for Montagu.

But a second from Pohe, and an interception from Eden wrapped up the win for Nottingham.