Bedford Blues won a thrilling Boxing Day clash at Billesley Common as they eventually prevailed 41-24 against Moseley in a see-saw Championship encounter.
Blues eventually out-scored their hosts five tries to four as both sides made light of the blustery conditions to put on a real spectacle for the crowd.
The hosts began the game on the front foot and opened the scoring in the third minute as a maul following an attacking line-out easily forced its way over the line, with hooker Adam Caves grounding the ball and Glyn Hughes converting well.
Blues hit back as Mike Howard went in at the corner, but the conversion from Myles Dorrian drifted wide and Greg King responded with a try for the hosts.
It was the Blues who struck next as Nick Fenton-Wells got away before timing his pass to give Perkins a comfortable run to the line, and Dorrian converted the score.
Bedford went in front four minutes after half-time as Dorrian sent through a kick towards the right that O’Conor only had to fall on to score.
The Blues soon had the try bonus point in the bag as Michael Le Bourgeois sent O’Conor scurrying over for his second in quick succession.
Dorrian’s conversion meant the lead was up to ten points with half an hour still to play, but Moseley found a route back into the game as Kyle Evans touched down.
Maintaining the theme of the game, Bedford quickly hit back as Le Bourgeois passed outside to allow Harry Wells to go over at the corner.
Dorrian converted superbly from the touchline, and despite Buster Lawrence crossing with nine minutes left, Blues held on for a thrilling win.
Blues: O’Conor, Tapley, Le Bourgeois, Dodge, Pekins, Dorrian, Taylor (Burns 73), Lundberg (Thompson-Stringer 68), James (Clare 45), Alo (Boulton 45), Howard, Flanagan, Buggea, Fenton-Wells, Conlon (Wells 53).