The city’s leading rugby teams enjoyed the sensation of the EDF Energy National Trophy draw opening up for them as Moseley and Birmingham & Solihull were given generous fifth round ties.
Ian Smith’s men visit National Three South minnows Bridgwater & Albion, who knocked out Broadstreet, after Saturday’s less than impressive win over Henley.
Bees welcome former stalwarts Dave and Paul Knight and Cinderford to Sharmans Cross Road for the second time this season – the first having produced a sparkling 53-3 victory for the hosts.
But Coventry, who produced a decent display to beat Rotherham at home in the last round suffered the misfortune of being paired with runaway National One leaders Leeds Carnegie – away.
Phil Maynard’s men have already ventured to Headingley and while they left with their reputation intact they were on the wrong end of a 57-5 beating.
The Butts Park outfit expect that game to be switched to a Sunday, which gives them the dubious honour of facing the division’s powerhouse twice in six days with the return league match on Saturday February 14.
If Cov feel hard done by Moseley must barely be able to believe their luck. A cushy home time in their first match in the competition will be followed by one that if they were to win would put them in the quarter-finals.
“It is quite an exciting draw, we might be away but we can’t complain because there are a lot worse places we could have gone,” conceded head coach Smith. “We are away so we are going to have to find out as much as we can about them and make sure we show them due respect. We didn’t do that against Henley, we got a bit excited and tried to play too much. Maybe that was understandable because we had not played for three weeks. By the time we go to Bridgwater we will hopefully be back into the swing of things.”
The Somerset outfit beat Midlands One Broadstreet by a single point on Saturday and have lost more league games than they have won so far.
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