When Moseley started the season as favourites for promotion from National League Two, most observers based their predictions on the dazzling array of talent Ian Smith's side boast behind the scrum.
Having spent the summer adding one of the most lethal try-scorers in Premiership history to a three-quarter line that already contained the most promising young fly-half outside the top flight and the division's best wing partnership, their confidence seemed well-founded.
But things haven't worked out that way. Moseley are still well in the hunt for a top-two finish and tonight they welcome the Earth Titans, n>e Rotherham, to Billesley Common for a sixthround Powergen Trophy tie.
T h i n g s seem to be going to plan then, except for the fact that, in recent weeks especially, it is the work of their forwards that has sustained the two-pronged challenge.
Events came to something of a head last weekend when Henley were gifted a tenpoint start after one of the most disjointed first-halves of the campaign.
That they turned things round and won 22-19 was due to a remarkable triumph of mental fortitude rather than the silky skills of men like former Worcester player Daren O'Leary, stand-off Ollie Thomas and wing Nathan Bressington.
There is a school of thought that says it's the piano- movers, not the piano- players, who are putting in the virtuoso performances. O'Leary does not agree.
"It is not as simple as that," he said. "As a squad, we have certain drawbacks at the moment but it's not just a case of the forwards doing their job and the backs failing to do theirs'.
"Everything we do as a team is inter-related; it's about the quality and quantity of ball the forwards give the backs.
"For example, if they drive a line-out 20 yards to a standstill then give it to the backs with the defence waiting for us, it looks as though it's the three-quarters who are not doing it."
Moseley will need to put both sections of their game together tonight if they are to get anywhere near their National One opponents, who may not be the force they were when the two sides last met but are still a strong level two outfit.
No longer a full-time club, it is doubtful whether Rotherham will emulate the 75-7 scoreline they racked up when they came to Bournbrook in 2003 but, in beating Pertemps Bees on their own patch a fortnight ago, they demonstrated a sound mastery of the basics and looked to have an effective pack.
O'Leary concedes that, to win the match, all 15 Moseley players will have to bring their 'A game' for the entirety of the proceedingsbut does not see a victory-as impossible. "I have no doubt if we put our game together we can win," he said. "It is an ideal game for us. It will be the first time this season we have not gone into a game as favourites to win. Maybe that will be good for us.
"We are a young side and there is a fair amount of expectation on us, that puts pressure on guys who have not been in that situation before. This, on the other hand, is relatively pressurefree and gives us a chance to get back to our best."
Flanker Neil Mason has been called back by Worcester to cover for a shortage in the back row. That allows Tom Warren to take his place on the openside while Mark Evans and James Rodwell have swapped roles, the latter moving to his favoured No 8 berth.
Paul Cox returns at inside centre, in place of Greg McDonald, and Alastair Bressington gets his first start of the season at fullback as O'Leary slots back in at outside centre.
MOSELEY: Bressington A; Bressington N, O'Leary, Cox, Colvin; Thomas, Taylor; Buxton, Bick, Fallon, Hallman, Stott, Evans, Warren, Rodwell. Replacements (from): Coles, Caves, Bayliss, Skelding, Daniell, McDonald, Hunter, Holder, Gray, Aston.