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Cambridge future in National League One hangs in the balance as Sale FC await




Gillian Benoy was Cambridge's star performer in their defeat to Birmingham Moseley. Picture: Rich Marsham
Gillian Benoy was Cambridge's star performer in their defeat to Birmingham Moseley. Picture: Rich Marsham

Richie Williams was left to rue Cambridge’s inconsistency as they slumped into the National League One relegation places after defeat to Birmingham Moseley.

Their destiny lay in their own hands heading into the home fixture but, coming out the other side, their fate could now rest with others in the final match of the season.

It was a dismal first half that did the damage as they just failed to get going, with a lack of urgency about their play failing to provide any energy or tempo.

By the time they got going after half an hour, they were 14-0 down, and it got worse before the half was out as Moseley scored another unconverted try.

Hope arrived through a score from Gillian Benoy, and it got better when Alex Rayment got a 63rd minute try. Both tries were converted by Ben Penfold to make it 19-14.

James Williams landed a penalty off the post to put Moseley two scores clear and, despite a converted try from Jake McCloud, Cambridge could not overhaul the deficit as they lost 22-21.

With results elsewhere going against them, Cambridge are now two points adrift of safety and face Sale FC away in their final match of the season on April 27.

“It was a difficult day and a lot of what we spoke about in our build-up we didn’t do in the first 20 minutes and we found ourselves 14-0 down,” said Cambridge head coach Williams.

“I think if you take away that 20 minutes we win that game well, but that’s been our season in a nutshell.

“We’ve done well for parts of games but that inconsistency has bitten us on the backside so I can’t really describe how I’m feeling at the moment.

“It’s really disappointing and Caldy beat Rosslyn Park so I don’t know where that leaves us – we’ve got to win our last game with a bonus point and hope that the other results go our way.

“I’m massively disappointed because destiny was in our own hands but we’ve made it very difficult for ourselves now.

“I thought it changed in the second half, but the damage was done in that first 20 minutes.

“We just looked very lethargic, lacked any energy and that was the disappointing bit for me.

“With a game of this magnitude for players to show that lack of energy at the start is probably unforgivable.”

With Cambridge away at Sale on the final day, Birmingham Moseley could still play a big part in the relegation battle.

While they are not quite mathematically safe, in the last match of the campaign they host Caldy, who are the team a place and two points above Cambridge in the table.

“There is no game next week so we have two weeks together to plan for the Sale game so we will do everything we can to win that game and we will have to see what happens with the other results,” added Williams.

“Before this game, if we’d won then we would have been OK but that’s the way this league has gone.”

“Before this game, if we’d won then we would have been OK but that’s the way this league has gone.”



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