BEES fell through the trapdoor of the Championship relegation play offs to National League 1 on Sunday when they were simply not good enough against a Moseley side brimming with confidence after back to back wins over Esher.
In beautiful conditions perfect for running rugby, the Damson Park outfit were guilty of trying too hard to get a five point victory to carry their fight for survival through to the last weekend of the season.
Passes that were perfect in the warm up were overthrown, under thrown, dropped, fumbled and juggled as Bees failed to do themselves justice.
“We were lacking in basic skills – it’s not that we didn’t have focus we just weren’t good enough,” admitted player coach Russell Earnshaw who hinted at ‘considerable reorganisation’ in the wake of the result, which sees Bees return to National League 1 after two seasons in the Championship.
As to his own future, the England Sevens coach said: “I love this club and the people associated with it and I feel we have let them down.I certainly would not want to walk away from this because I feel I have a personal responsibility.”
The match itself failed to sparkle in the first 40. Bees were fortunate to walk in at half time 7-3 up, their try coming courtesy of an interception by winger Simon Hunt after 10 minutes following a laboured Moseley backline move, fly half Mark Woodrow converting.
Then Hunt was nearly in again from the re-start when Moseley failed to deal with a searching kick but the No14 knocked on.
However Moseley were biding the time and only a forward pass prevented their winger Chris Bishay from getting on the score sheet.
With Bees misfiring in all departments bar the scrum, they lost a line out close to their goal line and from the ensuing pick and drives were caught off side, winger Olly Thomas slotting home the three pointer.
Having sat back and kicked for most of the first half, Moseley were expected to up their game in the second period and they did just that.
Bees failed to catch the kick off, the ball found flanker Ben Pons who waltzed in under the posts, Thomas converting.
It’s a mark of how poor Bees were that their first decent attacking position of the entire game came after 48 minutes, but a high tackle put paid to that and Moseley cleared their lines.
The visitors were starting to turn the screw and had another certain try disallowed for crossing. Thomas then landed a neat drop goal on 62 minutes to make it 7-16 and two minutes later the dynamo that was scrum half Ryan de la Harpe, scored a wonderful individual try, chipping, letting the ball bounce then gathering to touchdown in the corner. Thomas converted from far out to take it to 7-23.
On 67 minutes Bees pulled a try back, lock Lava Semisi crashing over from short range, Woodrow converted but as Bees, still looking for two scores pressed, once more they were let down by poor handling.
The final whistle brought joy for the Moseley fans and it was noticeable that as the visitors punched the air the now substituted Earnshaw went straight to the Moseley dug out to congratulate his opposite numbers Ian Smith and Kevin Maggs.