A LAST minute kick between the posts secured a vital win and revenge for Old Yards in this thrilling encounter.
Despite nearly all other rugby fixtures being called off, this one went ahead thanks to Moseley’s all-weather pitch.
Old Yardleians made it clear from the start that they intended to dominate the forward battle and avenge their defeat a few months back. The return of Peter Butler helped the visitor’s powerful eight drive back the Moseley Oak scrum at a rate of knots.
The first half was initially dominated by the kickers, with James McBoot kicking four penalties for Old Yards, while Moseley’s scrum half replied with two for the home side.
Then came the move of the game. McBoot kicked an up and under, landing just over the half way line, chasing centre Dave Rimmer leapt highest and palmed the ball to exciting wing Adam Walker. Still 45-metres out, Walker out-sprinted three defenders to score the game’s first try. McBoot added the conversion to make it 19 - 6 to the Yards at half time.
The second half began with Moseley on the attack, but the visitor’s defence held strong. Five minutes on, Moseley were awarded and converted a penalty from half way.
The game then flowed up and down the pitch with strong runs from Old Yardleian forwards Phil Painter, Steve Grainger, Rob Willis and Roger Lazenby, while Moseley’s back line continued to threaten. With ten minutes to go, smart thinking from a quick penalty saw the Moseley Oak number eight break through some poor tackles to score in the corner making it 14-19.
Then in the fourth minute of injury time, Moseley collected a loose ball, went wide and scored in the corner. An excellent touch line conversion gave them a 21-19 lead.
Moseley secured the ball from the kick off but then their indiscipline saw them concede a penalty. Up stepped McBoot, who with the last kick of the game, bisected the posts to give Old Yardleians a deserved 22 - 21 victory.