Former Cornish Pirate Thomas denies his old side victory
Moseley 9 Cornish Pirates 9
For the third year running the Cornish Pirates surrendered a lead at Billesley Common and for the third year they were forced to settle for a draw, writes Dick Straughan.
It mattered not that the Pirates extended their unbeaten run to four games because this was a game they really should have won.
Apart from a brief period in the first half when Aaron Penberthy was in the sin bin Moseley never threatened the Pirates line, but in the end the boot of Ollie Thomas and poor decision-making from the Cornish side saw the contest peter out as a stalemate.
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Penberthy had given the Pirates a 3rd minute lead but they never added to that in a first half they dominated.
Two further Penberthy penalties after a strong start to the second half made it 9-0 to the Cornish side and the game looked almost safe, but then came the twist in the plot
Moseley introduced former Pirate Thomas from the bench and three penalties in eight second half minutes tied the scores.
Kieran Hallett had a late chance to win it for the Pirates after the Moseley scrum had imploded inside their own half but his kick was wide.
Carter, Mogenson, S.Hunt, Hayter, W.Robinson (Thomas 53), Hughes, Brown; Thorpe (Herriott 71), Caves, Voisey, Lockley, Lawrence (Hicks 53), Pons, O.Robinson, Pienaar
Replacements (not used) – Wilkes, Burrows, Mather, B.Hunt
Pens – Thomas (3)
Nowell (Davies 63), Pointer, Riley, Hill (Cheesman 49), Evans, Penberthy (Hallett 59), Cattle (Kessell 55); Storer (Joyce 63), Elloway (Yeandle 59), Paver (Storer 73), Lyons (Barry 79), Johnson, Maidment, Burgess, McGlone
Pens – Penberthy (3)
Yellow Cards – Penberthy
Referee – M.Carley (RFU)