Moseley 27 Nottingham 36
Moseley were in generous mood for their last home game before Christmas as they handed festive tries as welcome gifts to visitors Nottingham.
The East Midlanders probably could not believe their luck as the Moseley defence parted like the Red Sea before Moses while referee Roy Maybank also seemed to catch the festive mood by awarding a Nottingham try which, by the most generous interpretation, was dubious.
Moseley had a dream start when a wayward Nottingham pass saw wing Dan Norton accept a gift interception by his own 22 and after evading full back Gregory Tonks go in under the posts for fly half Greg MacDonald to make it 7-0.
Five minutes later, though, and Nottingham had a somewhat fortunate penalty for crossing which saw wing Andrew Savage go over for an unconverted try.
A MacDonald penalty edged Moseley further ahead but at a price. The restart was fumbled, giving possession away for Savage to grab his second.
Nottingham looked dangerous on the break, mainly because they managed to go through the midfield without the
inconvenience of a tackle, and were pressing again with 26 minutes gone until another poor pass allowed Moseley centre Jack Adams to hoof up field, collect and feed Norton to go under the post for a second time with MacDonald making it 17-10.
Within three minutes, however, Nottingham again carved through the defence with centre Tim Molenarr diving over in the corner. To most observers - except the referee - Molenarr appeared to spill the ball which landed sometime before he did but when Tonks landed the conversion the argument was settled at 17-17.
Deep in injury time, it got worse when a rolling maul saw the ball spun out for No 10 Ben Thompson to go over by the posts for 24-17 at the break.
Moseley's fortunes took another dip a minute into the second half when an Andy Binns clearance was charged down and scrum half Jimmy Ireland was yellow carded for dragging back a Nottingham attacker, although a fractionally early tackle might have been more accurate.
While he was off, Nottingham increased their lead through Thompson's second try on 48 minutes with Tonks adding the extras. Then Tonks went over two minutes later missing the conversion to leave it at 36-17 as Ireland returned.
Notts' skipper, flanker Craig Hammond, was finally brought to book for killing the ball and yellow carded on the hour. The penalty went into the corner and Moseley rang the changes with five replacements. The plan seemed to work.
From the catch and drive replacement hooker Ross McMillan was driven over and within ten minutes he had been driven over again for a bonus point.
MacDonald missed both kicks but Moseley should still have had a chance for a second bonus point when they were awarded a penalty in front of the posts five minutes into injury time. But as MacDonald lined up the kick Mr Maybank moved him 20 metres out to the touchline and the kick went wide.
Coach Ian Smith said the game had shown Moseley were starting to get some depth in their squad with replacements who could change a game.
"We started well but we had a few crucial errors, down to inexperience, but I think the way we battled it could have gone either way at the end," he said. "We got a point and we should have had two.
"There were a few decisions that did not go our way but we can't control that. It is a shame when you have a game of that quality, because there was some good stuff in there, when all people will talk about is the referee. That is not what rugby is about."
MOSELEY: Binns (Bressington, 61), Sharples, Adams, Trueman (Cox, 40), Norton, MacDonald, Ireland (Taylor, 61); Sigley, Caves (McMillan, 61), Forster (Buxton, 61), Arnold (Atkinson, 41), Tuohy (Stott, 61), Mason, Bignell, Evans.
NOTTINGHAM: Tonks (Nirmalendran, 54), Savage, Smith, Molenarr, Dodge (Jackson, 52), Thompson, Usasz (Pilgrim, 52); Parr (Hopkins, 46), Duffey (Loney, 54), Hall (Powkes, 59), Morley, Rouse, Raven, Hammond, Montagu.
Referee: Roy Maybank (RFU).