National One: Moseley 15 Cornish Pirates 42
Nasty November is over for Moseley but does dire December await?
On the evidence of this latest performance at Billesley Common, Ian Smith's men should be OK when Coventry and Nottingham come knocking over the festive period.
It may have been a seventh successive loss and the fourth consecutive match that Moseley have conceded 30-plus points but the hosts competed well against a highly-rated Cornish outfit.
And if Moseley had bagged a bonus point, either losing or try-scoring, it wouldn't have been a travesty.
"I was disappointed in certain areas but the performance and the way we conducted ourselves was as important as the result," said head coach Smith. "When you think of the spell we are going into now and the spell we've just come off against the top six, I thought there were some very positive things.
"We stuck together well and some silly errors at times allowed them some easy points but on the whole I'm quite pleased with the way we conducted ourselves.
"We have to look at what we've learnt from this phase. We are changing our game all the time which is good, the boys adapted to it and they're keen to learn. We've just got to make sure the performances are right in the games now so we get the outcome we deserve, it's all in our hands."
The hosts were given a first-half boost when Pirates fly-half Alberto Di Bernardo went off injured because the Italian notched up 32 points during Moseley's visit to Camborne in September.
But Moseley had their own fly-half to boast about in new-signing Thomas Hayes. The ex-Bristol and Worcester man kept the backs well fed and if the recipients had been a bit wiser with some of their decision making when going forward, the hosts could have chalked up more than two tries.
Moseley were also boosted by the return of James Aston and Nathan Bressington to their flanks, the latter even grabbed his side's first try, which should bode well for 2007.
Pirates scored their first of six tries with seven minutes gone, centre Duncan Bell picked up a Di Bernardo pass to breeze over in the right hand corner. Di Bernardo, who had 188 points to his name going into the game, missed the conversion, yet took his season's tally 191 with a simple 13th-minute penalty.
The visitors' captain Gavin Cattle, an ex-Pertemps Bee, was sent to the sin-bin on 27 minutes and full-back Ollie Thomas stroked home the resultant penalty.
Cornish scored another try in the 34th minute. Ex-Coventry winger James Moore broke with possession and found full-back Adryan Winnan on the overlap for an unconverted score.
Moseley were a man short going into the interval after centre Nicholas Buckley was shown a yellow card for an inappropriate tackle.
With Di Bernardo off the field, Moore finished the first-half proceedings with a penalty just outside the 22.
Cornish's edge shone at the start of the second-half and more tries soon arrived. Aston had possession wrestled off him in the 46th minute in his opponent's half and a swift counter-attack involving Winnan and replacement Lewis Vinnecomb saw the latter go over, Moore converted.
Flanker Christopher Cracknell was driven over for a converted try on 49 minutes and three minutes later, another lightning quick break saw Winnan dot down for his second try of the match.
A Moseley try was on the horizon and the deserved score came after 58 minutes when Bressington picked up a pass from captain Andy Binns to slide over to the right of the posts. Thomas converted.
A brief fracas broke out on 66 minutes and Cornish's centre Steve Winn was lucky to only pick up a yellow card after dashing almost half the length of the field to strike Paul Knight in the head. The two sides traded tries to finish the encounter, the first coming for Pirates' James Inglis on 72 minutes and the second coming three minutes later for Moseley's Thomas.
MOSELEY: Thomas, Bressington (O'Leary, 73), Binns, Buckley, Aston, Hayes, Hunter (Knight, h/t), Coles, Caves (Hall, 54), Moran (Pearson, 79), Hadley, Skelding, Hightower (Daniell, 54), Bignell, Rodwell (Evans, 59).
CORNISH PIRATES: Winnan, Moore, Bell, Winn (Beardshaw, 76), Hilton, Di Bernardo (Vinnecomb, 37), Cattle (Wells, 79), Paver (Anderson, 53), Maasi, Seal, Senekal, Inglis, Cracknell, Motusage, Cowley (Evans, h/t).
Referee: Mark Wilson (RFU).