Stafford fail to chop down Oak, despite fine display
STAFFORD showed passion, but couldn't match Moseley Oak's superior skill in a 35-10 home defeat in Midlands Two West (North).
The visitors seized the initiative, with a couple of early scores leaving them with a firm grip on proceedings.
However, Stafford continued to put in the hard yards and dragged themselves back into contention when Nick Oxley out-paced the defence to score a try converted by Matty Walklate.
Walklate showed his accuracy with the boot, but another Moseley Oak try left them 17-10 ahead at the turnaround.
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A three-point kick extended the visitors' advantage, but from this point Stafford pinned them back in their own 22, but couldn't find the cutting edge.
And when Stafford eventually ran out of ideas, Moseley Oak scored two late tries to put the gloss on their victory margin.
NEWCASTLE cruised to a 35-10 victory over Cloebury Moritmer in Midlands Three West (North).
Castle had virtually wrapped up the points by the interval, with Dan Jones, Ollie Smalley and Ant Edwards all scoring to open up a 21-point lead.
Two unconverted tries gave Cleobury some hope they could launch a fightback at the start of the second half.
But their hopes were finally extinguished when Smalley and Jones doubled their tallies for the afternoon.
UTTOXETER maintained their push for promotion from Midlands Four West (North) with an 18-10 win against leaders Market Drayton.
The match proved to be a tactical affair in the opening 40 minutes, with the sides only separated by their goal-kicker's success.
Paul Milward landed a couple of penalties to leave Uttoxeter 6-3 ahead at the break.
Uttoxeter held the upper hand at the start of the second half, but a rare foray forward from Market Drayton saw them cross over.
However Uttoxeter's response was outstanding and they immediately struck back when flanker Mike Davies embarked on a fine run, shrugged off a couple of tacklers and touched down.
Milward added the extra two points, and it wasn't long before the win was sealed.
Scrum-half Andy Todd orchestrated the move, which saw replacement prop Rob Armett bulldoze his way to the line to put the seal on a crucial victory.