Leading try scorer Ed Sheldon will be hoping to add to his tally when Birmingham Moseley make the trip to Esher in National One tomorrow.
The pacy winger was on the scoresheet when the sides met at Billesley Common earlier in the campaign and capped an impressive debut season by landing the Most Improved Player award at the club’s presentation night.
“Ed has been brilliant this season and has come a long way in a short time,” Moseley director of rugby Kevin Maggs explained. “He’s shown great character and a fantastic attitude in coming back from such a bad injury.”
The former Thornbury flier was ruled out for the entirety of last season after suffering an ACL injury in a pre-season game in Ireland.
“He worked hard with Greg Sammons (strength and conditioning coach) to bulk up and has come back bigger and stronger.
“Being out for any length of time is a nightmare – I hated being out for just a week – so for him to come back so strongly after a year away shows what sort of player he is.
“I think he’s surprised everyone this year and he’s going to have a massive future in the game. I’m just sad I won’t be part of it because he has been great to work with.
“It’s good to help develop the likes of Ed and James Williams into standout players in this division but they have had to put in a tremendous effort themselves week in, week out.”
There had been little to choose between the sides in the clash at Billesley until Moseley took control up front and ran out 24-6 winners. In addition to Sheldon, the home side bagged two other tries – a penalty try and a Greg Charlton effort – with Williams slotting over the three conversions to add to a first-half penalty.
But with the Surrey outfit playing their final home game of the campaign, Maggs knows tomorrow’s tussle will be a tough one for the Red and Blacks.
“Esher have improved as the season has gone on,” he explained. “They had a terrific win at Loughborough Students in their last game and put 50 points on Darlington the week before.
“They are strong at home and have some really good players in their side.”
One of those is Tongan international back row Chris Hala’ufia, whose arrival has coincided with Esher’s three-match winning run going into this game.
For Moseley, a week’s break will have been welcomed by Maggs’ walking wounded – injuries to centres Alex Grove, Tim Molenaar and Greg King led to back-row pair Jack Preece and Chris Brightwell slotting into midfield during their last match, the 32-14 defeat at the hands of champions Hartpury College.
Source : BirminghamMail