Hull Ionians suffered another defeat as their winless start to the season continued – but there was some spirit shown by the East Yorkshire men on a tough night in the Midlands.
Birmingham Moseley won it 38-24 and scored six tries to three, but the I’s pushed them all of the way for the duration of the fixture. They grew in confidence as the game went on, and there were plenty of positives to take despite a third consecutive loss.
Ultimately this sport is played at its best when the backs get quick and early ball, and Ionians starved theirs of too much possession, only then to unleash them when chasing the game. What could have been? We think so.
The away side actually took the lead with an early penalty goal from Isaac Green, but Moseley soon hit back with twowell taken tries. Joe Allot was sin binned for distant before half time, and luckily that didn’t effect the scoreboard, with I’s going in at half time just 12-3 down.
The hosts were clinical in the second half and scored a third try soon after the break. This one was converted and shortly after the bonus point try was secured. The killer blow and struck by the Moseley captain Buster Lawrence, who has just returned from a spell in unions second tier with Doncaster.
Injuries then made Ionians chop and change their line up, and this saw them change their style of play too. Getting the ball out wide Steve Slingsby was able to score, before Sam Wilson brought the gap to just nine points after adding a second.
A glimmer of hope was brief, as Moseley closed the game out with another try, and after Ed Falkingham was sin binned the result really was a formality – or so it seemed.
Sam Wilson crossed for another excellent try as Ionains shipped the ball about, but Moseley had the final say, denying any chance of their opposition gaining a bonus poin with yet another try.