RFU Championship: Bedford 38 Moseley 32
Bedford Blues secured their first home victory of this season’s Greene King IPA Championship by defeating Moseley 38-22 at Goldington Road on Saturday.
Previous clashes between the two rival clubs are usually high scoring and this fixture didn’t disappoint with 10 tries on the scoreboard with six being scored by the Blues and four to the visitors.
Sam Blanchett, Ollie Dodge, Harry Wells, Jordan Burns and Paul Tupai all grounded the ball over the line along with Jake Sharp who also converted four attempts.
It didn’t take long for the Blues to get their first points on the board after Nick Fenton-Wells forced an error in the Moseley defence.
Sam Blanchett took advantage and charged down the wing to ground the ball before Sharp converted.
The hosts then doubled their lead in the 11th minute after a fantastic move by Burns who spotted a gap in the Moseley defence before offloading to Michael Le Bourgeois. He drew in an opponent, leaving Dodge open who ploughed through the last two defenders before securing the try which Sharp converted.
Moseley’s problems didn’t end there though as Bedford scored their third try through Wells.
Blanchett was allowed space out on the wing once again and made ground before the ball was played back to Sharp who popped the ball to Wells for the simple job of grounding the ball just inches out, Sharp converting.
The visitors were gifted a penalty in the 19th minute which Glynn Hughes chose to kick, but despite scoring 18 points last weekend against London Scottish, his effort was just wide.
Moseley kept on the pressure on the Blues back line coming close to scoring their first try before the ball was bundled into touch.
The resulting lineout was sent slightly over the queuing players by the Blues hooker which was pounced on by former Bedford man Chris Brightwell who crashed over from short range to get the visitors first try of the match, Hughes adding the extras for 21-7.
The Blues kept looking for opportunities to extend their lead with fantastic solo efforts through Captain Nick Fenton-Wells and Hayden Thomson-Stringer but they couldn’t get through and Hughes’ penalty cut the lead to 21-10.
It was Bedford who finished the half the strongest with a bonus point try through Sharp who found himself in the right place to beat a covering defensive line and score, kicking the conversion himself.
Leading 28-10, Blues started off the second half the same way they did the first with Burns scoring his first try for the club after a magnificent passing move between Le Bourgeois and Jones that sent the young scrum half though to step on the gas and touch down.
Moseley were given chance after chance to get back into the game and came close to a second score, only for Mark Flanagan to pluck a Moseley line out was plucked out of the air.
Bedford were reminded shortly after of the quality of the Moseley side they were up against after Drew Cheshire was given far too much room on the wing which allowed him to sprint over as Hughes converted in the 53rd minute, making it 33-17.
The visitors started to enjoy most of the possession and Cheshire found space in the Blues defence yet again before unselfishly offloading to Brightwell who scored his second of the afternoon right in the corner.
Moseley were desperately looking for their bonus points try and it came just two minutes later courtesy of hooker Tom Warren who threw a great line out allowing his side to maul their way over, with Hughes converting for 33-29.
Bedford absorbed the pressure well though and it certainly looked like a motivator for them to extend their lead through a penalty which Myles Dorrian chose to kick into touch instead of at goal.
Charlie Claire picked out Josh Buggea with the line out and the forwards charged over the line with Tupai carrying the ball over the line from just behind the maul.
Moseley found themselves awarded a penalty in stoppage time which Hughes sent over the posts to give his team another losing bonus point, but the hosts held on to record victory.