Last-ditch defeat for Davy’s troops

Sixth try of season: Knights winger Michael Keating.                                      Picture: Bruce Rollinson
Sixth try of season: Knights winger Michael Keating. Picture: Bruce Rollinson
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Mossley 17 Doncaster Knights 15

DONCASTER Knights had to settle for a losing bonus point as Moseley snatched a flattering 17-15 victory at windswept Billesley Common.

Knights were slow to get into their stride following a week of setbacks, and second-bottom Moseley made the early running.

Knights, however, had the first chance to put points on the board but David McIlwaine, playing out of position at fly-half, was just wide with a long-range penalty

Moseley broke the deadlock when flanker Michael Ellery took full advantage of a gap in the defence to sprint in from 30 metres out. Davies added the extras to make it 7-0.

Knights enjoyed a spell of sustained pressure during which time centre Fred Burdon and winger Ben Toft broke the line, but failed to turn advantage into points due to lack of composure and decisions not going their way.

One such decision saw a cynical pulling down at a set-piece by Daniel Sanderson, who escaped with a warning, despite preventing an almost certain try.

Stand-in full-back Dougie Flockhart made a superb break before off-loading to Latu Makaafi, whose misplaced pass fell into the path of skipper Chris Hallam, who raced in at the corner for an unconverted try.

Trailing 7-5 after playing with the blustery wind, Knights found their cutting edge after the break with winger Michael Keating touching down for his sixth try of the season after combining with centre Oli Goss. McIlwaine added the extras to put his side 12-7 ahead. Knights continued to dominate but a knock-on at the final hurdle cost them another try-scoring opportunity.

Further Moseley ill-discipline went unpunished as Neil Mason lost his cool with the persistent Zack Farivarz.

McIlwaine was finally given the chance to extend Doncaster’s lead through a 53rd penalty which he duly slotted to make it 15-7.

Moseley cut the deficit in their first visit to the Doncaster half since the break after Makaafi was penalised for holding on.

McIllwaine missed out on the chance to restore Knights’ eight-point lead before skipper Andy Reay scored a last-minute converted try from a set-piece move in only Moseley’s second attack of the half.

Knights: Flockhart, Toft, Goss, Burdon, Keating; McIlwaine Hallam; Davies, Boden (Yeandle 63), Burke-Flynn, Challinor (Noone 71), Parsons, Makaafi, Farivarz, Planchant. Reps not used: Corsar, Boyde, Bradford, White, Kenworthy.