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Bishop's Stortford ran in five tries to beat Birmingham Moseley 33-3 and secure their first National League victory for almost two months on Saturday.

The hosts' bonus-point success at Silver Leys ended a run of five straight defeats as they moved up one place to 12th.

Stortford, whose last win had come on September 25, are now preparing to visit Blackheath this weekend (Saturday November 27).

BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action. Jack Scantlebury score first BS try. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206917)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action. Jack Scantlebury score first BS try. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206917)

Stortford dominated proceedings from the off and were seven points up after four minutes. Stand-in captain Jack Scantlebury, who is donning the armband in the absence of the injured Sam Winter, just made the line after a great break from the base of a ruck near halfway from Sam Bryan, with Tom Walker converting.

Moseley rallied briefly and were rewarded with three points from the tee to Harry O'Brien when Stortford were penalised at a ruck.

The home side's adventurous rugby was rewarded with two further tries - Chris Smith taking a long miss pass from Bryan, and Walker finishing off a move begun by a great break up the middle by Jacob Wrafter. Walker converted both, the first from the touchline.

BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action. Celebrating Jack Scantlebury try. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206918)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action. Celebrating Jack Scantlebury try. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206918)

It looked as if Stortford had sealed the try bonus point just before half time when Seb Brownhill touched down, but play was called back for an earlier offside offence.

Their fourth try did come soon after the restart, however, with Cole Swannack touching down a long pass from Tom Lewis.

Walker's conversion attempt slipped wide, but he made no mistake in converting the final try of the game when, with time running out, Lewis drove over from a maul off a five-metre lineout.

Play in between had become rather scrappy, which allowed the visitors into the game. But the nearest they came to crossing the try line was when a loose Stortford pass right on the Moseley line was intercepted and, with swift interpassing, they would have gone the length of the field but for a knock-on, which was forced by a scrambling defence.

BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206925)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206925)

Stortford: Walker, Swannack, J Ayrton, Scantlebury, Smith, Cole, Bryan; Brownhill, King, McCrone, Charter, Lewis, Apperley, Wrafter, Banks. Replacements: Rayment, Peverell, Etherington, Stannard, Powell.

Moseley: Benjamin, Tonks, Allsopp, McNulty, Smith, O'Brien, Pointon; Foreman, McNulty, Ajiya, Kiff, Butler, Safe, Munro, Johnson. Replacements: Tideswell, Barnes, Zindi, Dight, Cleaver.

Scorers: Bishop's Stortford - Tries: Scantlebury 4, Smith 25, Walker 35, Swannack 41, Lewis 77; Cons: Walker 5, 26, 36 and 78. Moseley - Pens: O'Brien 12.

Referee: Owen Taylor.

Star Man: Jacob Wrafter (Bishop's Stortford).

Attendance: 400.

BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206926)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206926)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206928)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206928)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206929)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206929)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206930)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206930)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206931)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206931)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206932)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206932)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206933)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206933)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206934)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206934)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action. Chris Smith try. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206935)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action. Chris Smith try. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206935)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206936)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206936)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206937)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206937)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206938)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206938)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206939)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206939)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206940)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206940)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206943)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206943)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206944)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206944)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206945)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206945)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206946)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206946)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206947)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206947)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206948)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206948)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206949)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206949)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206956)
BSRFC, Silver Leys, Bishop's Stortford. 1st XV v Birmingham Moseley. Match Action..Pic: Vikki Lince. (53206956)


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