The NEC Harlequins Wanderers fielded a largely amateur team for the visit of a determined Moseley United at Aldershot on Saturday (22nd January). With many of the Wanderers players aged between 17 and 19 years-old, the task was always going to be tough.
Moseley opened the scoring after dominating the first ten minutes, however Quins replied immediately with hooker Matt Surman going over by the posts. Mike Brown added the conversion to make the score 7-7.
At this stage the Wanderers looked settled and went 12-7 up after centre Liam Lonagan picked up a Richard Parker off load from his boot laces to score. On the stroke of half-time, Moseley scored from a five metre scrum and converted the score to edge ahead 14-12 at the break.
The first 20 minutes of the second half proved to be the turning point, with the Birmingham outfit scoring three well worked tries to make the score 31-12 to the visitors.
Quins worked hard to reduce the deficit, with winger Jonny Wehbe going over in the corner to give the Wanderers a glint of hope.
However, Moseley defended resolutely and the young Quins side could not breakdown their defence, and on the verge of full time Moseley closed the game with their sixth try of the afternoon.
However, it was Quins man-of-the-match and debutant Tyrone Koen who scored from a break down the blindside, though Brown once again missed the conversion.
The final score of 22-36 was a fair reflection of Moseley's physical domination. However, the Wanderers will learn from this experience and will travel to Leeds this weekend with confidence.
During week commencing 22nd April Harlequins will launch an innovative, new Membership Scheme which will replace the existing Season Ticket Holder Programme. Further details of the scheme will be announced in due course.