Irony was in rich supply at Billesley Common as Moseley and Coventry served up another derby day cracker that could have gone either way.
Certainly Coventry feel the result should have been theirs if only because this time, it was their turn to benefit from the foibles of the officials.
Just as Luke Pearce was merciless in awarding three penalty tries to Moseley when they stormed Butts Park in October, Coventry were given the lion’s share of the officials’ decisions in this latest nail-biting encounter between two of rugby’s oldest rivals.
That put them on the right side of a 19-7 penalty count, which also included two yellow cards for the hosts and provided Phil Maynard’s men with the platform from which to bring light relief to a beleaguered club.
But as much as Rowan Kitt was happy to employ most sanctions at his disposal, it was his refusal to award a dominant Cov scrum a late penalty try that was a cruel irony for the visitors.
Late in the game and nursing a six point advantage Moseley twice infringed at the set piece but not once did Kitt scoot underneath the home posts as Pearce had done with such alacrity.
To be fair the case was far from irrefutable and Coventry’s calls for seven points were as much based on memories of the last match as the denial of guaranteed scoring opportunities.
In short there was a case but the Blue and Whites had not provided sufficient evidence to prove their point.
And how ironic it was that having forced three times as many infringements from Moseley, it was one awarded against their men that most exorcised the Cov coaching staff.
In the 11th minute of stoppage time and with the visitors camped on the home line, Kitt’s assistant spotted flanker David Askew doing a spot of tap dancing on a Moseley player and in doing so released the tension that for so long seemed likely to break Moseley’s resistance.
But just for once Ian Smith’s side hung on after yet another half a performance in which once more they were utterly incapable of moving themselves up the Billesley slope.
In the second period, Jonny May’s breakaway try aside, only once did Moseley string enough phases together to get anywhere near the Coventry try-line.
Instead they defended their 19-10 interval lead with a fanaticism they claimed merited the victory.
Which view one takes depends upon which side of the fence they are looking from but neither could have had any quibbles had the match ended in a draw.
And that is more worrying for Moseley because this Coventry is a weakened version to the one they pickpocketed earlier in the season.
Once again Moseley were given their points rather than forced to create them and once again they relied heavily on the imperious boot of Tristan Roberts.
The young fly half did reasonably well at full back, though in truth at no stage was he asked any of the questions he must have feared.
Instead he kept the scoreboard ticking over in the opening period and slotted back into his familiar position after Andy Borgen left with a hip injury in the second stanza.
By that stage Moseley had lost all momentum and had Coventry possessed in inspiration a fraction of what they offered in perspiration, five league points would surely have been theirs.
MOSELEY: Roberts; Bressington, May, Reay, Mensah-Coker; Borgen (MacBurnie 56), Pasqualin; Sigley, Caves, Harden, Muldowney (Hall A 62), Stott, Mason, Pennycook (Rowland 75), Rodwell. Replacements: Thomas Y, Oselton, Wilson, Taylor
COVENTRY: Winter (Hayes 76); Frewin (Johnson 58), Apikotoa, Lewis C, Lewis J; Thomas, Walls; Dugard (Maddocks 48), McMillan (Dwyer 68), Hall J, Herrington (Dechartres 73), McGowan (Brenton 52), Venter (Askew 60), Bignell, Carpenter.
Referee: Rowan Kitt