Ian Smith has challenged Saturday’s match winner Nathan Bressington to build on last weekend’s two-try performance and make himself indispensable to his Moseley team.
After watching Bressington triple his haul for the season in the 22-13 victory over Esher, Smith revealed his concern over 27-year-old’s recent form and his hope the wing’s return to the scoresheet will signal a return to form for a player who has traditionally been Moseley’s top try scorer.
That run ended last term when Dan Norton edged Bressington out and seemed as though it would extend to a second season with Norton and other dual registered colleagues from Gloucester proving more prolific in the first nine games.
But the former Stourbridge threequarter was back to his poaching best against the Surrey side. Mose were 7-0 down against the run of play when Bressington dived over in the corner to level the scores - just his second of the season and he made the points safe with the last play of the match with a sharp finish down the blindside to secure Moseley’s first victory in five attempts and deny Esher what might turn out to be an important bonus point.
All of which was a source of considerable satisfaction to Smith. “We had a discussion about his strike rate - or lack of it, before the last game and he said he was going to score a couple against Esher,” the head coach said.
“He knows he has got to pull his weight with the like of Charlie Sharples and Henry Trinder who have done very well for us this season. If he is in there he knows he has to take the chances we give him. He did that on Saturday.”
Smith believes Bressington has not been doing that so far this season but does not accept the argument the winger might be unsettled by the infusion of young talent from Kingsholm. While Moseley have opted for consistent selection among the forwards, the situation out wide seems to be much more fluid.
Although he did not play on Saturday Sharples remains the club’s most potent weapon - with six tries, Henry Trinder, who played centre in the last game, is a star in the making and Norton is also on the scene.
Add that to the fact Bressington has been substituted in four of his nine appearances and it is clear to see he was falling some way short of his own high standards.
“He has lacked confidence of late,” Smith conceded. “We have seen on clips there have been chances that he would have made more of last season.
“There should be no uncertainty [about selection] in his eyes, if he is scoring tries and playing well he gets in the side whoever comes from Gloucester. It’s up to him to do that.”
Smith also revealed he will review Terry Sigley’s yellow card but is unlikely to appeal. On a more happy note Smith will be able to pick from a full squad for Saturday’s trip to Sedgley Park.