Match Report: Moseley 17 Doncaster Knights 20

Dougie Flockhart
Dougie Flockhart

Doncaster Knights eased their Championship relegation worries with a vital 20-17 win over fellow strugglers Moseley at Billesley Common last night.

But they were forced to dig deep in the closing stages to avenge a 28-13 defeat at Castle Park and claim their third league win in four games.

Third-bottom Knights are now five points clear of the Birmingham club and nine clear of bottom club Plymouth Albion who visit leaders Worcester today, with just five games remaining.

Knights got off to a flying start and led 10-0 after as many minutes.

Playing down the slope with the wind at their backs, Knights took the game to Moseley from the off and Dougie Flockhart made amends for his earlier miss when edging his side in front from under the posts.

He also added the extras after full-back Paul Jarvis had collected his long pass to score the opening try.

Moseley suffered a blow when centre Greg King was stretchered off. They also found themselves reduced to14 men when flanker Ed Siggery was sin-binned for a high tackle.

Knights opened up a 17-0 lead when scrum-half Tomasi Palu shot over from a tap penalty and Flockhart, who had helped create the position, again added the extras.

The try seemed to inject more of a sense of urgency into Moseley’s play and they opened their account with a converted try replacement centre Will Hooley just before half-time.

Both sides exchanged penalties in a scrappy second half before Moseley set up a grandstand finish with a late converted try by wing Drew Cheshire but Knights held on to take the win.

Moseley: Carter; Penn, Armstrong, King, Cheshire; Thomas, Brown; Williams, Caves,Voisey, Powell, Charlton,Mason, Siggery, Brightwell. Rep: Tolmie, Gardiner, Dacres, Harrison, Woolford, Braxier, Hooley.

Knights: Jarvis; Flockhart, Clark, Hepetema, Lewis; Francis, Palu, Tom Davies, Hunter, Quigley, Hotson,Phelan, Challinor, Hills,Shaw. Rep: List, John, Stedman, Veikoso , Makaafi, Fosita, Field.