Even in these days when clubs’ public relations machines have an iron fist around the throat of the free press, some details – basic facts such as score lines – cannot be obscured. Or so I thought.
Take for instance Moseley’s match-day announcer, a lovely chap under normal circumstances, but last Saturday the spin doctors clearly got to him following his team’s fortuitous last-minute penalty try.
According to the Man on the Mike it brought the score to 26-26 and earned Mose an undeserved draw (my adjective, not his). However, the truth was not quite as happy, Moseley still lost 26-19 despite their best attempts to disguise the fact.
A momentary lapse? Sadly not, the misinformation virus has spread to Stourbridge too. For two days after their 71-14 defeat at Tynedale the club website had a W in the result column.
Which just goes to show – don’t believe everything your club tells you.
That is not to question, however, the mere coincidence that Moseley’s first four-figure gate of the season should be confirmed just days after they had won consent for their planning application to build a new stand.
On the face of it the derby match with Birmingham & Solihull was not an obvious contender for that honour but nevertheless the 1,051 who paid to watch Moseley’s 25-24 victory were rewarded with a nail-biting finish.
Even the sound of clicking turnstiles could not obscure the snide remark in the club’s newsletter that the extra 51 must have been newly-recruited Bees players.
No doubt everyone at Moseley is able to titter from the morale high ground after stumping up the £10 to watch Bees play Nottingham at Billesley Common last Tuesday. Or perhaps not.
Further down the M5 Worcester’s Tom Wood has struck up a friendship with Gloucester prop Paul Doran-Jones with whom he shared a room before England Saxons’ win over Ireland A.
Indeed the pals have become so close that the loosehead is increasingly concerned for Wood’s welfare to the point that when he was sin-binned in the match at Bath his first thought was for Wood.
“He told me he did it because he thought I was blowing a bit,” Wood remarked after being substituted for a front row replacement.