Promotion, says Rugby Correspondent Brian Dick is well within reach of Moseley...
With Moseley's campaign at its midway point one thing is clear.
Their sternest opponents in the second half of the season will not be anyone or anything they face on the pitch, it'll be the burgeoning expectation that demands nothing more than promotion off it.
The Billesley Common side, dubbed the Sick Old Lady of Birmingham in their darkest days, are in a good position to deliver too after recovering to the rudest of health under the guidance of head coach Ian Smith.
Their first 13 National Two matches have garnered 11 wins and 52 points, good enough to put them clear of Esher in second place and five behind leaders Waterloo with a game in hand. They are, as the saying would have it, in perfect striking distance.
Yet the perception remains that it could have been even better had they not suffered some sort of mid-winter identity crisis that saw them switch from flamboyant and adventurous runners to mudgrunting maulers  but then two games against Stourbridge can have that affect on most teams.
Almost as if their forwards felt they had a point to prove, they stopped throwing the ball around and started tucking it up their collective jersey. When they did relinquish the ball it was too slow for their backs to make any impact.
Which resulted in some dreadful performances  there were none worse than Henley and Halifax at home in that respect.
With potentially the league's most potent back division outside the scrum, men like Nathan Bressington, Daren O'Leary and Carl Colvin stood, frozen waiting for some ball to work with.
That's why hooker Dean Bick leads Bressington in the scoring charts and the on-field decision-making has to take most of the blame. Conservative rugby should be an option, not the option.
Manchester, Stourbridge, Blackheath, Waterloo and Wharfedale were dispatched with a balanced and powerful gameplan; results that suggested Moseley might even go through the season unbeaten.
Then decent first half displays saw them past Tynedale and Harrogate before, as the spin doctors would put it, they went off-message. The hare didn't quite become a tortoise but he certainly laboured under the great weight of expectation.
Beating Redruth away was a determined effort that showed this Moseley vintage had more bottle than many of its predecessors and then the way they dismantled Barking  47-3  suggested they had finally sorted themselves out.
Which brings us to their defeats, of which there have been two. The Barking victory was followed up by what Smith called  "our most inept performance of the season"  as they lost 28-7 at Launceston in the last game before Christmas.
The other reverse, a 26-22 reverse at Esher, was disappointing rather than inept as the visitors proved themselves Esher's equals only to fail to convert their match-winning chances. It could be excused.
As, I suppose on reflection, should many of their other shortcomings this season. There has, I admit, been a tendency to be hyper-critical of a team that is still on course to fulfil the goals they have set themselves.
Promotion remains a probability rather than a possibility and it could be argued the only targets they have missed  like free-scoring attractive rugby for every occasion  have not been ones of their own creation.
Individually they show real signs of progress. Players like
Bick, inside centre Paul Cox and James Rodwell have grown in stature in the last three months and now look more like decent weapons in senior rugby than promising ones of the junior ranks.
Rodwell's late introduction into the side  he was only called up in November  has had a dramatic impact on the back row where Neil Mason has been so good Worcester are retaining a controlling interest in his future.
Rodwell was put in at No 8 to great effect, breaking from the base of the scrum with searing pace, thereby liberating Mark Evans to fulfil the blindside role more suited to his ball-carrying skills. With Mason marauding off the openside the unit now has a more balanced look and is the best at level three.
The returns of Andy Binns and James Aston, from suspension and injury respectively, and recruitment of Andy Reay from Bristol give Smith enough options in the three-quarter line to ensure they do not become stale in that area.
That cause would no doubt be helped by an in-form Ollie Thomas. The fly-half's kicking has been imperious so far and has dug his team out of deep, deep holes. His match winner against Henley  from the halfway line  could yet be a crucial point of the season.
However, with ball in hand he could rightly claim to be enduring Second Season Syndrome, in his third full year in the first team.
Perhaps defences have become more cautious to his wiles, perhaps his supply line is too slow, perhaps he's been hampered by the poor conditions which seem to have held the country in its grasp for the last two months.
As the ground firms up and winter gives way to spring Thomas could be the man to propel his side past their promotion rivals and back to National One.
Esher and Waterloo have both to visit Billesley Common, where Moseley are yet to lose in the league and although their travels take them to Wharfedale and Barking, the remaining programme is well within their reach.
Which brings us back to the devils they have to master in their own heads. Most of this side have never played rugby from the front, indeed many of them have grown up through the bad days of relegation and relocation, so the next four months will be a test not just of the way they handle a ball but the way they handle an occasion.