RFU Championship: Moseley 15 Bedford 24
Defeat in Moseley’s final home match of the regular season left Kevin Maggs reconciling a mixture of emotions, the all-too-familiar feeling of frustration combined with the warm glow of admiration.
This, after all, was not the way the Mose men would have wanted to recognise Richard Stott’s outstanding efforts on the day he broke Andy Binns’ modern-day appearance record.
While this was never the horror show Moseley sometimes stage, neither was it boy’s own stuff and the lock’s 284th outing in the famous Red and Black hoops deserved a more complete response from his team-mates.
Which was why Maggs was so disconsolate on an afternoon where the script had Moseley beating Bedford for the first time since Stott was a schoolboy and the man himself scampering 80 metres for the winning score.
That it didn’t come to pass could not erase Maggs’ appreciation.
“I think it is absolutely fantastic,” the head coach said. “I think it’s going to be a rare thing nowadays. You won’t see people achieve what Richard Stott has achieved and that’s all credit to him.
“He has been here a long time, played a lot of games and, in fairness to him, has done well since I have been here. He’s not here out of sentiment, he’s still operating at a good level.
“It is an outstanding achievement. I would have loved to have played the amount of games he’s played at one club.”
He would have loved his Moseley side to have turned potential into potency too. Bedford took their chances clinically throughout and managed the game well in the second half, while Moseley just fell short on both counts.
Three try-scoring opportunities were spurned in the first period, which meant by the time they converted two in the second they were playing catch-up.
“If we get those little things right that we concentrate on all the time we would not be where we are now. That’s the frustrating thing from my side,” Maggs admitted.
“On the whole when you look at where they are and where we are there is not that much between the sides.
“We didn’t play particularly well. We didn’t really get going but we had a couple of good passages of play but we weren’t on it all the time.”
MOSELEY: Thomas (Davies 61); Carter, Hunt (Adams 40), King, Robinson; Hughes, De La Harpe (Brown 61), Gadd (Quigley 57), Caves, Voisey, Spivey, Stott (Lyons 52), Mason, Pons (Maltman 52), Ellery. Replacement: O’Donnell.
BEDFORD: Burke; Vincent (Liebenberg 63), Staff, Vass, Dodge; Lennard, Baldwin; Walsh (Steenkamp 70), Locke (Cochrane 48), Cooper (Boulton 40), Howard, Rae, Gillanders, Fox, Fisher (Tupai 63). Replacements: Johnson, Sharp.