The Moseley captain tells rugby correspondent Brian Dick of his satisfaction with Saturday's win...
A fat lip and bloodied mouth could not prevent Moseley captain Gareth Taylor from hailing the efforts of his forwards after Saturday's Titanic National Two showdown against Waterloo.
Matched against the division's biggest and most feared pack the hosts' septet, a man down after the 37th-minute dismissal of loosehead Ben Buxton, battled themselves and their opponents to a standstill and earned their side a 19-13 victory over the league leaders.
The result put Moseley to within two points of the Merseysiders at the summit of the division and with a game in hand they confirmed their position as pre-season favourites for promotion.
A huge amount of credit for that has to go to the Moseley front row of Dean Bick and Neil Bayliss and replacements Paul Coles and Adam Caves who nullified the scrummaging power of the vaunted 'Loo props.
From his vantage point at scrum-half Taylor could see the effort the whole pack put in. "The front five were absolutely immense," he said. "That last scrum under our own posts was amazing, there were at least three men underneath their scrum-half when he went for the line.
"At times like this big men stand up and it happened today. The character has been at this club for the last three years but we really showed it on Saturday.
"Nelly, Colesy, Bicky, Dai Hallmen - guys who never get a mention in the papers or on the radio - were outstanding. They turn in and give 100 per cent week in and week out. If you ask them to do something they have got no qualms about doing it.
"Richard Stott was immense in the line-out. When you have got only six against seven in there it was absolutely fantastic."
But for Taylor, who had to work as an auxiliary back-row for most of the second period, the outcome meant much more than mere league points.
"We have the mental fortitude to win games like that now," Taylor said. "We showed that with a man off we could come through and what we were made of. We were a bit disappointing in that respect last year.
"I cannot remember a more physically demanding game, this season or last season. But that game was all mental.
"Physically, at the midpoint of the season you should be at your peak and we were in that match. But when you are down to 14 men you have got to find something extra.
"You have to be strong mentally, get round the pitch, hit the breakdowns and communicate with each other.
"It's about looking to the man next to you and knowing he is going to work his socks off to get to the gainline or make a tackle. We are all mates together, we are a big family."
It is a family that has grown together. After a season getting battered out of National One, they spent another campaign licking their wounds at level three.
Then last term the green shoots of recovery began to appear. They started winning games and ended up finishing third - one place outside the promotion places - but a long way behind champions Doncaster.
It was an experience in the final game of that season, at Doncaster, that they were given a hard lesson. What it felt like to be top dogs.
"They celebrated in front of us for about two hours - on the pitch and in the bar," Taylor said.
"They stuck it down our throats big time. These boys remember that on big days like the one against Waterloo, when it is the top two going at each other."
The only black mark on afternoon was Buxton's red card. He was sent off for kicking out at visiting half-back Craig Aikman - the second time a Moseley player has been involved in such an incident this season after Andy Binns did something similar at Stourbridge.
Buxton has been suspended by the club for six weeks and must face a Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing on February 21. The ban could be extended.
However, the captain was unwilling to censure his loose-head for the indiscretion, saying: "It was silly, reckless - he has apologised and there are no hard feelings - but we have got to clamp down on that sort of thing.
"We showed in the first half what we could do to their side with 15 men, we beat them out wide, our gameplan was working a treat and they were falling for it big time. But with 14 men you are limited with what you can do."
With a full complement the hosts were rampant. They dominated up front and scored the try of the season when Nathan Bressington finished off a 70-metre move that involved backs and forwards.
At 13-3 they had the momentum to go on and prove the gulf in technical ability between the two sides. When Waterloo had their chances their handling let them down and Moseley were able to keep them out.
Taylor also refused to elaborate on the significance of the win. Just because they had beaten the leaders, he said, Moseley could not take anything for granted.
"All this win does is put us ready for next week," he said.
"We have got to think about Wharfedale. We fell into the trap of looking at games in front, before Christmas. We go on from here to Wharfedale which will be a harder game than this.
"We are good at home, we know we have got the crowd, there were nearly 1,000 people who came in through the gate on Saturday, and that pushed us on.
"But you earn your spurs away from home. We have got to get our injured guys fit, go up there and get five points under our belt."