By Tim March at Billesley Common
Albion win in dramatic fashion with two tries from Tom Hendrickson to gain victory in the last five minutes.
Albion head coach Kieran Hallett, full of optimism after the game, said: “If we get our mind-set right we can achieve anything we want.
“It is an unbelievable result for us considering the amount of injuries we had to and having to play guys out of position. We said at the end it was a phenomenal performance.
It’s one of our pillars of what we do – we are never out of the fight.
“When you lose your first choice 10, your whole week’s plan goes out of the window. Dean Squire has has done an unbelievable job. He is not a recognised 10 but he has come in and stuck to the systems.
“The boys were great. We spoke at half time and they were calm. We knew what we needed to do and in the second half we went out and did it.
“1 to 20, I cannot fault any of the guys. That was a tough, tough game with all the adversity we faced. We got through it and put in a very good performance.
“They should be full of confidence. This just proves that with the group we have if we get our mind-set right we can achieve anything we want.”
Man of the match Tom Hendrickson said: “Personally, it is nice to have some consistency but ultimately it is about two big wins. Having beaten second in the league last week at home we knew we had to bounce back with a big away win. Credit to Moseley, they did everything they could to stick to their tempo but in the second half we really came out firing.”
On how his side dealt with their injuries, the dual registered Exeter centre added: ‘It shows that anyone can play anywhere at this club. We’ve got a talented group here. If we do have to chop and change it doesn’t really affect us. No one was worried about going in at 10 or out on the wing as the game plan is the same.”
Even though Birmingham Moseley are mid-table Albion knew that the home side would be no push over after their 36-21 win over Fylde last week with only 14 men.
It was the visitors who gained the most territory in the opening ten minutes of the game but Moseley kept a good defensive line, allowing no obvious opening.
Second row Sean Lonsdale scored Albion’s opening try left of the post following repeated pressure after 16 minutes, but Harvey Skinner’s conversion hit the left post leaving the score at 0-5.
After 30 minutes, Moseley finally piled on the pressure with a scrum five metres out that resulted in Will Norton being yellow carded for ill-discipline.
Making his debut, Moseley’s new signing Alistair Haining broke through and stretched for the line, but another unsuccessful conversion meant the scores were levelled at 5-5.
Shortly after, Moseley were awarded a penalty in the centre of the pitch which Sam Holingsworth sent through the posts.
There followed another penalty to Moseley 25 metres out, this time to the right of the post, which was again put away by Holingsworth, leaving the half time score 11-5.
Some fast-paced passing and an effective Sam Pointon off load to Mark Harrison at the start of the second half pushed the Midlands side’s lead to 16-5 after another missed conversion.
Albion closed the gap slightly after some strong pressure forced a penalty which was comfortably put away by Matt Shepherd, taking the score to 16-8.
Next, Albion made an extended period of pressure count. Tom Hendrickson, continuing his good form from last week’s man of the match performance, went over for a try showing great strength. With Harvey Skinner off the field due to injury, Matt Shepherd stepped up for the kick and hit the right post.
With the score at 16-13 and only minutes left on the clock, Hendrickson burst through again from five meters to put Albion ahead for the first time in the half. Shepherd made no mistake with the conversion, giving Albion a 16-20 lead.
In fact, the visitors looked likely to score again before a minor lapse gave the travelling supporters something of a scare. A dropped pass allowed Moseley to break to the halfway line and it was hero of the day Hendrickson who chased back to make the crucial tackle.
Albion will expect to keep this run going with their next game coming against Rosslyn Park on Saturday, March 3 at Brickfields (KO 3pm).
Birmingham Moseley: 15 Sam Pointon, 14 Mark Harrison, 13 Sam Smith, 12 Ollie Allsopp, 11 Alistair Haining, 10 Sam Holingsworth, 9 Rob Lewis, 1 Tom Fidler, 2 Ryan Roach, 3 James Tideswell, 4 Lewis Bean, 5 Buster Lawrence, 6 Jacques Le Roux, 7 Josh Poole, 8 Ciaran Moore
Replacements: 17 Adam Caves, 1 Jay Tyack, 18 Aaron Croft, 19 Sam Brown, Reece Beddows
Plymouth Albion: 15 Matthew Shepherd, 14 Matt Crosscombe, 13 Dean Squire, 12 Tom Hendrickson, 11 Harrison Cully, 10 Harvey Skinner, 9 Joe Snow, 1 Will Norton, 2 Jamie Salter, 3 Jack Owlett, 4 Ed Holmes, 5 Sean Lonsdale, 6 George Mills, 7 Sam Daly, 8 Dan Williams (Captain).
Replacements: 16 Dan Pullinger, 17 Luke Chapman, 18 Dan Swain, 19 Cam Setter, 20 Jordan Gott.
Birmingham Moseley: Haining and Harrison
Plymouth Albion: Lonsdale and 2 Hendrickson
Plymouth Albion: Shepherd
Birmingham Moseley: 2 Holingsworth
Plymouth Albion: Shepherd
Birmingham Moseley: Adam Caves
Plymouth Albion: Will Norton
Referee: Alexander Thomas
Man of The Match: Tom Hendrickson