A try scored by Plymouth Albion full-back Matt Shepherd in the seventh minute of added time robbed Birmingham Moseley of what would have been one of their best victories of the season.
Despite being down to 14, after the sin binning of replacement Rob Lewis, Moseley led 24-21 and looked to have done enough to secure the win.
Moseley then gave away a penalty close to their own try line and Plymouth took a quick tap that ended with Shepherd crossing in the corner.
To rub salt into Moseley’s wounds Shepherd converted his own try from the touchline to leave the visitors with just a losing bonus point to show for an excellent afternoon’s work.
Moseley skipper, scrum-half Sam Brown, reflecting on the game said: “I thought we had done enough to win but it wasn’t to be. The yellow card seemed to give Plymouth a lift and they scored the winning try out wide where we were a man short.
“In recent weeks we have played more attacking rugby and this was one of our best performances of the season.”
On an excellent playing surface, Plymouth took an early lead when hooker Rupert Freestone scored a catch and drive try that Shepherd converted.
A penalty from fly-half Oli Allsopp got Moseley up and running before winger Devon Jewsbury stretched Plymouth’s lead with a breakaway try. Moseley then rocked Plymouth by scoring two tries in three minutes.
Impressive flanker Laurence Cowen sliced through the home defence for the first and winger Sam Pointon showed good pace to notch the second. Replacement fly-half Sam Hollingsworth converted both tries for a 17-14 interval lead. Powerful centre Sam Smith stretched Moseley’s lead early in the second half with a try that Hollingsworth again converted.
Plymouth hit back with a try by the uprights scored by flanker Sam Daly and when Shepherd converted Moseley’s lead was down to three points.
Moseley then spent long periods in the Plymouth half of the field and there appeared no way back for the home side.
A mistake from Moseley allowed Plymouth to take the play from one end of the pitch to the other, a position from which they took advantage of the extra man to score the match winning try.
Next up for Moseley is the final home game of the season against relegation threatened Rosslyn Park.
PLYMOUTH ALBION: Shepherd, Jewsbury (Crosscombe 54), Flack, Squire, Cully, Skinner, Setter; Norton (Chapman 61), Freestone (Phillips 69), Pullinger, Pearson, Lonsdale, Mills, Daly, Stupple. Replacements (not used): Elworthy, Weeks
BIRMINGHAM MOSELEY: Penn, Pointon, Smith, Molenaar (Lewis 69), Haining, Allsopp (Hollingsworth 17), Brown: Fidler (Wrafter 33), Roach (Caves 72), Tyack (Fidler 72), Moore, Crofts (Poole 69), Le Roux, Cowen, Brightwell.
Source : BirminghamMail