Hereford’s running/handling game paid dividends as they ran in five tries to beat a strong Moseley Colts team at Bromsgrove, in the final of the North Midlands Colts Cup. The bigger Moseley outfit used their weight advantage to dominate possession, but the Hereford backs played some sparkling football to run up a 15 point lead in the first twenty minutes. The opening score was created by an elusive run by Leon Yeboah-Parsons who passed inside for Austin Alison following up well, to cross for a try. Just ten minutes later, Gareth Jones won good ball from a lineout, Frank Kelly took on the Moseley defence and opened up the opportunity for Tim Oliver to touch down for a second try. A determined attack up the left wing ended with the ball going to ground, but a kick ahead was driven on for Tom Neal to register the first of his two tries. Moseley landed a penalty goal before the interval to take Hereford’s half time lead to 15 points to 3.
Moseley’s plentiful possession gave them the momentum to reduce the Hereford lead with an opportunist try from a short penalty, the conversion was successful. Hereford responded immediately when, from a slick passing movement, Tom Neal found Callum Duncan on his shoulder to crash over for a fourth unconverted try. The Moseley forwards put the Hereford defence under a period of intense pressure and after earning a number of penalties their scrum half darted over for an unconverted try. They quickly followed up with another to tie the scores and this time, the try was converted to take Moseley into the lead for the first and only time in the match,. The Wyesiders were not to be beaten and a break from a ruck inside the Moseley half was moved swiftly to Tom Neal, who outflanked the Moseley defence for the winning try. The forwards had stuck to the task against bigger opponents and were superior in the loose earning turnover after turnover. The backs made the most of what possession they had and ran in some excellent tries.
After the game, coach Tim Bird said “The lads had the confidence to continue to play attacking rugby against a big powerful defence and this won the day”. Next Sunday Hereford hope to complete a cup and league double when they play Worcester Wanderers Colts in the league Championship play-off at Kidderminster. Whatever the result, this will bring the curtain down on a most successful season.