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Cambridge make it five wins in a row with victory over Birmingham Moseley in National League One

Joe Tarrant in action for Cambridge v Birmingham Moseley. Picture: Chris Fell (54590259)
Joe Tarrant in action for Cambridge v Birmingham Moseley. Picture: Chris Fell (54590259)

Cambridge made it five wins in a row with a 21-10 success at Birmingham Moseley in National League One.

It took a while for the first points to be posted, but yellow cards for James Tideswell and Ashley Johnson ended up leading to the first score of the game.

It was the latter’s indiscretion that earned a penalty try for Cambridge after 31 minutes.

They had extended their advantage by half time as some good work by Matt Hema led to possession being moved to Joe Tarrant to touch down, and Harry Johnston landed the conversion.

After the break, a bustling run by Harry Morley ended up with Kieran Frost getting the third try in the 57th minute, with Johnson adding the extras to make it 21-0.

Birmingham Moseley staged a fightback of sorts, with Jack Combes touching down in the 71st minute and then Greg Fisilau applying the finishing touches to another move late in the game.

There was a late red card for Johnson, for a second offence, and that put paid to any hopes Moseley had of taking a point from the game.

“I’m really happy, it was nice to win on the road,” Cambridge director of rugby Richie Williams told the club website.

“We’re pleased, it’s not an easy place to come. George (Bretag-Norris, the captain) referenced it in the huddle at the end that we’ve come to a difficult place like Moseley, who were on a pretty good run of results themselves, and we’ve got four points and they’ve not got anything.

“In that respect, I’m pleased. I thought we were a little bit wasteful in the first half and probably left a bonus point out there, if we’re being critical.

“But in terms of the result and us continuing that momentum, I’m really happy.”

Cambridge’s victory keeps the pressure on the top four.

Cambridge are in fifth place, just seven points adrift of second-placed Caldy, and only 12 behind leaders Rosslyn Park, who suffered a 36-24 defeat at Bishop’s Stortford.

There is a blank, catch-up weekend in the calendar this Saturday (February 5) which means that Cambridge are without a game.

Their next match is at home to Blackheath on February 12.

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