Oaks welcomed Mosborough to Parson Cross on Saturday for a high stakes match up in the race for promotion. A convincing win would likely leave the Oaks’ fate in their own hands with five games to play.
Early signs were positive as the home team were dominating the tackle area and breakdown to camp in the Mosborough 22. This soon brought the opening try with flanker Andy Fletcher squeezing over from a rolling maul – a tidy finish.
Control at the back of the ruck squandered three or four chances on the Mosborough 5m line, and a knock on eventually gave them a scrum five. Cue a herculean shunt by the Oaks tight five and a simple dot down for number 8 Aled Vaughan.
Add a couple of Kelvin Charles penalties, and the half time score was 18-0. Happy, but not ecstatic, as a clutch of try scoring opportunities had gone begging.
The second half was not a pretty one for either side, but the story was an improbable penalty count against the Oaks and four converted maul scores for Mosborough. The home side felt aggrieved with a number of decisions, not least a farcical yellow card for fly half Lawrence Canham.
A beginning of great promise, but the Mosborough hex struck again with the final score 18-28; gut-wrenching. Promotion now looks just out of reach, but with three cups to compete in, there’s still a lot to play for this season.
A similar fate befell a gutsy 2s team, as they let a half time lead slip to trail 26-36 at the final whistle. A hattrick for flamboyant-fly-half Ross Draper and industrious hooker Duncan Kirkup.
On a more positive note, it was the first time both teams had played at home in Parson Cross and it was great to see the strong support that the club received.