Mose­ley find their rhythm for first suc­cess

The Rugby Paper - - National League 1 - ■ By DAVE LAWRENCE

BIRM­ING­HAM Mose­ley ran in six tries on their way to their first Na­tional One win of the sea­son.

But they were pushed all the way by a bat­tling Io­ni­ans side who were un­lucky to leave Billes­ley Com­mon empty-handed af­ter claw­ing their way back into con­tention with three se­cond-half scores.

An Isaac Green penalty handed the visi­tors an early ad­van­tage but Mose­ley pro­duced some slick han­dling to open up a 12-3 lead at the break thanks to a pair of first-half tries.

Cen­tre Greg King dot­ted down on 14 min­utes only to de­part soon af­ter with a shoul­der in­jury.

Speed­ster Sam Poin­ton ran in the se­cond on 26 min­utes, Sam Hollingsworth kick­ing the ex­tras, be­fore Hull cen­tre John Al­lott fin­ished the half in the sin-bin.

The visi­tors fin­ished the game with 14 men with lock Ed­ward Falk­ing­ham also see­ing yel­low late on.

When Huw Tay­lor and Buster Lawrence crossed to wrap up the bonus point early in the se­cond half, it looked like be­ing a tricky night for the visi­tors.

But con­verted tries from wingers Stephen Slingsby and Sam Wil­son edged them to within nine points and even when Chris Brightwell re­sponded, Hull re­fused to cave in and Wil­son ran in his se­cond.

But those three scores weren’t enough to de­rail the Mid­lan­ders, prop Ryan Roach nip­ping in from close range to give them breath­ing space.

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