To those who don’t watch Moseley on a regular basis Saturday’s victory over then Championship leaders Bristol might have come as a complete shock
Going into the game Moseley had not won in five league matches and they had seemingly perfected the knack of taking less from games than they arguably deserved.
The thinking was they would be on the receiving end of a backlash after Bristol were smashed by Rotherham the previous Saturday.
Thankfully Moseley didn’t allow that to happen and they fashioned a much-needed 33-27 win that even if it did nothing for their position in the table, did much for their self-esteem.
It was also vital in terms of the message it sent to their supporters, who could quite easily have been forgiven for growing weary of players’ and coaches’ weekly proclamations that they were working hard and moving in the right direction.
Those claims seemed so much more palatable at 5pm last Saturday as the benign glow of victory cast the one-point defeats at Leeds and Plymouth in a new light.
Moseley came very, very near to winning at Headingley and pretty close to leaving Brickfields with four points. Instead they were on the wrong side of a very narrow dividing line that left them struggling for momentum.
What might sound obvious but is perhaps not always appreciated in such painful circumstances is that losing a match by a point is about as close as a team can get to winning without actually doing it.
Just as the picture isn’t always rosy if a side wins by a point, neither is it completely gloomy if they lose by the same margin and that is worth remembering for the rest of the regular season if Moseley go a few weeks before their next success.
But last weekend there weren’t only lessons for those outside Kevin Maggs’ squad, yes, journalists as well, but also for those within it.
What was noticeable about the display was the players’ effort levels, particularly those whose work-rate has been known to wax and wane according to the lunar cycle, and the fact that when they put in an honest shift there is no reason why the next win is not a matter of days away.
Indeed they showed they are good enough to still finish in the top eight providing their commitment does not blow in and out on the Billesley breeze.
What they must do is go out and earn the right – every week. And what the rest of us must remember is that the scoreline isn’t the sole arbiter of whether the players have tried to do that.