Birmingham Moseley’s players have been urged to be ‘on their mettle’ and expect a Rotherham Titans backlash tomorrow.
Richard Protherough’s side claimed a 28-22 over the Yorkshire club in September as they adjusted to life back in National League One following relegation from the Championship last season.
Titans have responded to surge into the top four but came unstuck at Rosslyn Park last time out, losing 46-24 to the table toppers.
“They’re a good team and have pulled together some good results,” said Moseley boss Protherough.
“We beat them earlier in the season and that’s not something they are going to forget easily, they will want to set the record straight.
“The boys need to be on their mettle. Rotherham have picked up some good results against Blackheath, Cinderford and Rosslyn Park before Christmas so they’re a quality side.”
What Moseley can ill afford is a repeat of the slow start they made to the opening passages against fellow strugglers Bishop’s Stortford, who raced into a 19-3 lead at Billesley Common after 25 minutes last week.
“I was standing on the sidelines and thinking ‘what the hell is going on?’” said Protherough. “It was a really poor start from the boys but they didn’t go into their shell, which is important.
“When things aren’t going your way, players can panic and try things that are out of structure and that puts other players under pressure.
“It won’t be easy at Rotherham”
“What was impressive was the lads adapted during the game. We tightened things up and trusted each other and we managed to turn things around.”
Moseley did that emphatically, scoring 38 unanswered points before Bishop’s Stortford managed two late tries to eventually lose 41-31.
“It was a good win for us to start the new year having ended last year with a disappointing defeat,” said Protherough, referencing the 38-14 loss at Cinderford.
“It’s all about backing that up now. To pull away from the bottom three we need to put a string of wins together.
“Only six points separate ourselves in 14th and Plymouth Albion in seventh so things can soon turn around if you can back up wins with another positive result.
“It won’t be easy at Rotherham but the boys are up for it and we Travel there with no fear.
“We’re scoring points, only a couple of teams in the league have scored more than us, but we’re shipping too many points and that is the problem.”
Protherough also gave an update on influential captain Buster Lawrence , who suffered a leg fracture last month.
“He is up and about and on his feet and seems really well so I don’t think it’s going to be a case of half a season like some of the other leg breaks we’ve had,” he said. “I think he will be back in four to six weeks.
“The lads we are getting back gives everybody a boost and hopefully our injury problems are behind us now and we can start climbing up the table.”
Source : BirminghamMail