Bishop's Stortford thrash Birmingham Moseley to register first win
Bishop's Stortford 52 Birmingham Moseley 8 (National League 1)
Bishop’s Stortford scored eight tries in an ultimately convincing home victory against Birmingham Moseley to register their first National League 1 win of the season at the third attempt.
The visitors to Silver Leys took an early lead through a penalty but then Andy Long’s side scored 45 points unopposed. Moseley notched a consolation try, but Stortford, who led 17-3 at half time, had the last word.
Stortford finished seventh, above eighth-placed Moseley, only on points difference in their debut National League 1 campaign last season.
It was similarly tight for much of the first half today, even after winger Rob Duff started the try fest after Moseley’s early advantage.
Duff, who scored a try in the opening-day 26-23 defeat at home to Darlington, added a second – Stortford’s fourth – courtesy of fly half Tom Coleman’s kick.
There were also tries for Nick Hankin – playing on the other wing in place of Jimmy Rea – No 8 Charlie Kingham, second row James Apperley, full back George Cullen and replacements Ben Creasey and Connor Austin.
Cullen kicked six conversions to register a personal points tally of 17 and 37 for the season from three matches.
There was a debut at scrum half for last season’s Colts No 9 Connor Mak.
STORTFORD: George Cullen, Rob Duff, Sam Winter (c), George Keen, Nick Hankin, Tom Coleman, Connor Mak; Seb Brownhill, Sam James, Tom McCrone, Jon george, Matt Tomlinson, James Apperley, Dan Elsom, Charlie Kingham. Replacements: Dec Caulfield, Louis Castiglione, Andy Christie, Connor Austin, Ben Creasey.