Moseley full-back Anthony Carter believes his side are better equipped to deal with the Championship run in and end-of-season play-offs than they were 12 months ago.
Carter scored his first try of the campaign in last Saturday’s 29-14 victory at Esher, their second successive win and one that lifts Mose to ninth in the table.
They still have a lot to do if they are to achieve their pre-season aim of reaching the promotion play-offs but recent results and performances have been extremely positive.
And while the experienced Carter isn’t making any rash predictions about where Mose will finish, he is confident in the direction the side is heading under Kevin Maggs.
They have four league wins, one draw, two one-point defeats and 23 points from their first 14 games. when at this stage in 2010 they had just three wins and only 18 points despite having played a game more.
And Carter is very upbeat about the three home games Mose have got coming up. “We have just got to keep working hard,” he said.
“I am pleased with the way we are going, I think we are in a better position than we were last year in terms of the strength of the whole squad.
“There is so much more strength in depth than last year, boys have to perform in training and on a Saturday. Noone’s jersey is safe in this team and that is why you have to work.
“Maggsy, Westy, Kempy and John Caves are working tirelessly and if we show the same effort as those guys do then we have got nothing to worry about.”
What is important now is that Moseley maintain the momentum they have built up since they were hammered by Nottingham last month.
In that respect this weekend’s British & Irish Cup clash with Munster is an unwelcome obstruction with Maggs caught between consistency of selection and protecting key players for the Boxing Day clash with London Scottish – a match that if they win could see Mose cut the advantage of Leeds or Doncaster ahead of them to around ten points.
“We have got another eight games and looking at the other league positions if you put a run of games together you put pressure on teams above you. We have had immense pressure on us since we lost a few games in a row a month or so back.
“We are trying to put that pressure on other teams and it’s not over by any estimation. It may pan out that we have to come back to places like Esher and they are a very dangerous team and you have to control the tempo.
“But as long as we concentrate on our performances that’s all we have got to do.”