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Bishop's Stortford thrash Birmingham Moseley to register first win


By Paul Winspear


James Apperley is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring Stortfords fifth try
James Apperley is congratulated by his team-mates after scoring Stortfords fifth try

Bishop's Stortford 52 Birmingham Moseley 8 (National League 1)

Winger Rob Duff receives his man of the match award from sponsor Westbury Garden Rooms
Winger Rob Duff receives his man of the match award from sponsor Westbury Garden Rooms

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.

Bishops Stortford v Birmingham Moseley
Bishops Stortford v Birmingham Moseley

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.



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