Aaron Crofts admits there will be no time to dwell on the disappointment of Saturday’s narrow defeat at National One strugglers Rosslyn Park – they will be back on the training ground ahead of their mouth-watering Midlands derby with old foes Coventry.
“We’ll be back in to training this week. We know what we have to work on and we’ll put our trust in the coaches,’’ he said.
“Everyone wants to be involved in the Cov game in one way or another. We’ve been building up to it as it’s such a big game for us with it being at home and our last game before Christmas.’’
Two key decisions went against the Red and Blacks in the closing few minutes of the game in the capital to allow their hosts to pick up their first win in two months.
With Park reduced to 13 men after yellow cards were shown to back-row pair Hugo Ellis and Jack Barnard, a Moseley line-out in the corner looked certain to lead to a match-winning try.
But referee Daniel Collins stopped them in their tracks after seeing a knock-on and then penalised the visitors for wheeling the scrum when just yards from the line.
Crofts admitted: “We were a bit unlucky at times with the rub of the green and it’s frustrating for the players and for the coaches to see us lose like that.
“I had a clear view and there was definitely not a knock-on, but you have to go with what the referee gives and it can be frustrating at times – that’s rugby. We should have done better before then anyway.
“We had a great start and if we’d have kept that consistency throughout the whole game then the scoreline would have been very different.
“I think we let them in for one or two fairly soft tries through our own mistakes, be it missed tackles or spilled ball in open play, and we need to be better and more clinical in those areas.”
It was winger Mark Harrison who gave them that great start, running in down the blindside inside two minutes.
Crofts’ second-row partner Brendon Snyman added a second try before the break but Park still managed to hold a slender 13-12 advantage at half-time.
A yellow card for Moseley prop James Tideswell for pulling down a maul bolstered the home side as they opened up an 11-point lead, only for the Red and Blacks to battle back. Replacement Jacques Le Roux dotted down and although there was a third try for Park, a penalty try for the visitors closed the gap to four points.
But even with their opponents down to 13 men, Moseley were unable to cross the line for the bonus-point victory they just deserved.
ROSSLYN PARK: Robinson, Henderson, Grove, Barnes, Hassell-Collins, Atkins, Crow; Nwakor-Nwanaebi, Gibson, Maguire, Spivey, Spencer, Barnard, Hudson, Ellis. Reps: Bellamy, Wade, MacFarlane, Gash, Leonard.
MOSELEY: Penn, Harrison, Jarvis, Allsopp, Leathem, Dixon, Brown; Wrafter, Roach, Tideswell, Crofts, Snyman, Moore, Poole, Brightwell. Reps: Caves, Tyack, Le Roux, Pointon, Hollingsworth.
Source : BirminghamMail