The Big Match: Blackheath v Birmingham Moseley

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by Nick Sullivan

Blackheath (7th) meet the *other* team in red and black tomorrow as they prepare for the first of three remaining home games (and one away at Macclesfield next weekend) and welcome Birmingham Moseley (4th) to Well Hall.

Currently fourth, Moseley’s form has dipped since Christmas…although not as alarmingly as their hosts.

Past Meetings and Recent Results

Since the establishment of the current league system, Blackheath have the unfortunate record of not having beaten Moseley. That said, the two only faced each other in seasons 2004/05 – 2005/06 prior to the West Midlanders’ ten year elevation to Level Two. For what it’s worth, Mose won those games with an average score of 33 – 16 although, coincidentally, both matches at Rectory Field had the same 24 – 29 scoreline. Earlier this season, of course,
Blackheath succumbed 22 -12 in the reverse fixture.

As for our guests’ last three outings, kicking boots made the difference last weekend as both sides scored 4 tries in a home match against Macclesfield, but Moseley converted all four efforts to take the bonus point 28 – 24 win. Two weeks earlier, in another home tie, Moseley were eventually outgunned a by a strong Plymouth Albion, going down 26 (4T) – 47 (7T) to the Devon side. Prior to that, Mose had made the same trip to Leicestershire that Blackheath did last weekend, returning home with a bonus point win as they beat Loughborough Students 20 (2T) – 29 (4T).

Match Day Details

Kick off at Well Hall is at the usual time of 3pm. Ensuring fair play is Daniel Collins, ably assisted around the touchlines by Stephen Light and Timothy Bailey.

If you want some rugby to whet your appetite the Club U15s will be playing Newport High School Old Boys, a touring team from South Wales, on the lower pitch at 1pm.  And after the big match the Euorpean match between Munster and Toulouse will be screen at 5;45pm.

Things are slowly perking up on the weather front. The sun should poke its head through the cloud by midday and the temperature will reach a balmy 14/15 degrees although accompanied by a breezy 15 mph southwesterly.

If you cannot make Well Hall this weekend, don’t forget the always excellent Graham Cox on BBC Radio Kent (96.7 FM, 104.2 FM, 774 AM, DAB & On-line) who provides live score updates and reports, post-match interviews, plus a full round-up National League results for all Kent clubs after 5.00 pm.

Team News

Blackheath First XV V Birmingham Moseley HOME 1 April 2017

15. Mike MVELASE
14. Tom CHAPMAN
13. Markus BURCHAM (Capt)
12. Alex PICKERSGILL
11. Jake LLOYD
10. Mark COOKE
9. Simon WHATLING
1. Aston CROALL
2. Adam KWASNICKI
3. Kieron SCUTT
4. Gregor GILLANDERS
5. Tom STRADWICK
6. Chris WALKER
7. Jesse LISTON
8. Tom BALDWIN

16. George BAKER
17. Bertie HASKINS
18. Freddie OWEN
19. Jake BEDDING
20. Dan HAMILTON

Around the Grounds

Right then, elsewhere… Hartpury (1st) are edging towards some sort of record points’ score and this weekend they entertain Loughborough Students (9th) in Gloucestershire. Twenty-eight points behind them, Plymouth Albion (2nd) look to consolidate their position as they travel to Cheshire to face Macclesfield (16th). Macc will be mathematically relegated if they fail to gain any league points and Blaydon gain at least one. And, speaking of Blaydon (14th) they have a tough ask for that one point as they host Ampthill (3rd) at Crow Trees.

A potentially cracking match in prospect in Warwickshire as Coventry (6th) take on Rosslyn Park (5th) at the Butts Park Arena. The two exchange league places if Cov take the victory. Darlington Mowden Park (8th) have the long end-of-season 270-odd mile trek to the leafy suburbs as they travel to face Esher (11th). Two running sides meet on the Lancashire coast where now-safe Old Albanian (10th) visit not-quite-there-yet Fylde (13th).

Finally, another important game sees under threat Hull Ionians (15th) desperate for the points as they host Cambridge (12th) at Brantingham Park. A win for them and a loss for Blaydon will see the Yorkshire side claw their way above their relegation rivals.

Heathens

Another side on a bit of a slump at the moment, the Heathens were unable to improve the mood after their disappointing Kent Cup semi defeat, last weekend going down 12 – 43 at home to Bishops Stortford. A chance to make amends tomorrow though as they travel round the South Circular to take on London Scottish in the Zoo League, kick-off 2 pm.

Good luck Blackheath and Come On Youuuu Cluuuuuub!

Graham Cox

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