Rotherham Titans 28

Moseley 17

It is a measure of how bad Moseley have been in recent weeks that while another match ticked by without them taking anything, it at least did so with a performance that stood out as a marked improvement to those that have gone before.

Let's not go too overboard now. Don't be fooled into thinking the visitors produced many of the qualities that will fulfil their pre-season aim of finishing in the top eight.

In terms of attacking with any verve or invention this was a toddler's stuttering step. They hammered their way into Rotherham territory through sheer brute force but once there they left short-changed with just one try and four Ollie Thomas penalties.

Arguably they deserved more and might have got it had referee Martin Fox been as willing to show a home defender a yellow card as he was when waving them at Richard Stott and Mark Evans for offences much further away from the try-line.

In the end they had to settle for Jack Pons' improvised 46th minute finish, following some outstanding handling by Anthony Carter and a scything kick return by Mike Gillick.

That cut their deficit to 20-14 and hinted that they have mental resolve to make a full recovery from their current travails.

That was most apparent when Ian Smith's side did not have the ball. Compared to their displays against London Welsh and Plymouth this was  massive progress.

While their interest was questionable against Albion, no one could doubt these players' devotion to the cause.

When the result was settled and they spent the last five minutes camped on their own line it would have been so easy to have allowed Rotherham a fourth try.

But, tired though they were, they put their bodies on the line and in the way and manifested pride in the shirt.

In fact they did that all the way through. Gillick's first half track back to deny Jonny Hepworth after a long kick chase was commendable in the extreme.

And the spirit they showed contesting the breakdown was far in advance of anything offered last Saturday.

With his high tackle count and quick feet when carrying, Michael Maltman was the pick of the Moseley pack. David Lyons was his solid self and Neil Mason hinted at a return to his indomitable consistency.

But blood, sweat and tears alone won't get Moseley out of the bottom four. Those virtues must be a given in the no-holds-barred Championship.

From somewhere they must discover a variety to their game and a fluidity in their threequarters and those qualities are somewhat harder to find.

ROTHERHAM: Swatkins; Rhodes, Hepworth, Socino, James; Hodgson (Godfrey 72), Bedford; Quigley, McGregor (Loney 65), O'Donnell (Aikman 72), Harris (Baines 65), Dickinson (Sandford 72), Kettle, Dougall (Baines 30-40), Burrows. Replacements: Hunt, Durandt

MOSELEY: Thomas; Gillick, Carter, Reay, Pons; Davies (Borgen 66), Taylor (De La Harpe 66); Williams (Voisey 64), Caves (Warner 59), Sigley, Lyons, Stott (Spivey 64), Mason (Evans 57), Maltman (Evans 30-40), Ellery. Replacement: MacBurnie

Referee: Martin Fox (RFU)