NATIONAL ONE: Sedgley Park 40 Moseley 24
Only fellow strugglers Otley have scored fewer tries than Moseley and that anxiousness was there for all to see as the Red and Blacks ran in just two touchdowns in this defeat at Park Lane.
It was a contest the Billesley Common club will have targeted as a 'must win' game. Instead they lost heavily and, in addition to remaining firmly in the relegation zone, they maintained their claim to having the worst away record in the division.
"I thought we were capable of coming away from Park Lane with points, so I'm bitterly disappointed that we didn't," was head coach Ian Smith's verdict after his side's 18th loss of the campaign.
"We had a lot of territory, a lot of possession, but didn't do enough with it. We also gifted them points and took some pretty obscure options that were certainly not in the game plan. We put ourselves under pressure and we never got the balance right between kicking and passing."
The first quarter was reduced to a kicking duel, with Moseley's Ollie Thomas and Sedgley's Phil Jones swapping penalties. The net result was Moseley easing into a 9-6 lead on 23 minutes. Moseley had confined Sedgley to their own half and had posed a number of threats, with Tommy Hayes pulling the strings in midfield. But an over reliance on lateral movement proved stifling.
Thomas then failed to deal with a hopeful punt down the right touchline and Sedgley flanker Adam Newton popped up to scoop possession and sprint to the line to give Jones the easiest of conversions to make it 13-9 to the Tigers.
Another penalty apiece for Thomas and Jones made it 16-12 to Sedgley at half-time.
Within minutes of the restart Moseley flanker Richard Bignell was yellow-carded and the home side took full advantage; No 8 Jon Skurr picked up from the base of a five-metre scrum to dive over, with Jones' goal making it 23-12.
Moseley were then pushed off the ball on their own put-in at another scrum and centre Ian Voortman claimed Sedgley's third try. With Jones adding the conversion Moseley were down 30-12.
A prolonged period of play saw them stretch the home side before replacement Mark Evans got on the end of a catch-and-drive to claim Moseley's first touchdown of the afternoon.
Unable to stop another expansive Sedgley move wing Ledua Jope then extended the Tigers' lead with try No 4 to also claim the bonus point.
However, the spirit that has been evident as Moseley have struggled to come to terms with life in National One showed up once more when replacement Paul Knight went over for Moseley's second try, this time goaled by Thomas.
They were then handed the advantage when Sedgley had skipper Jimmy Ponton yellow-carded.
But despite strong running and Hayes doing his best to switch the angle of attack, they could not find a way through and this visit to Park Lane proved pointless in more ways than one.
SEDGELEY: Riley, Jope, Briers, Voortman (Duffy 71), Craig, M Jones, Leck (J Albinson 71); Gazzola, Roddam (M Jones 56), Du Plessis, Fourie, Norris (Lloyd 76), Newton, Ponton, Skurr. Replacements (not used): Roberts, Evans, Livesey.
MOSELEY: Hayes, Colvin, Binns, Buckley (Cox 65), Oduoza, Aston, Thomas; Buxton, Caves (Bick 65), Bayliss (Coles 79), Arnold, Skelding (Hadley 51), Mason, Bignell (Evans 51), Rodwell (White 79).