The game was a disgrace, we shouldn’t have a team putting 8 tries past us with the amount of money we have spent on players. They had 14 out of 15 players from their youth set up. That is what we need to do, we need to take this season and maybe next season to build up the youth and get that going again. That game was actually painful to watch things need to change, the only good thing was the football game on behind
To be fair, if you appoint a coach who has no experience at anywhere near this level then this level of disaster will happen. It’s like leaving a lass on the counter at Barclays in charge of the Bank of England. Recruitment has been a disaster the last couple of years. Last year we had more props than backs. We fielded MacBurnie and Smith against Coventry neither of whom look like they’d boss a Moseley Oak game. We ve treated stalwarts like King and Caves appallingly. This year we re short of numbers, looking like we got two thirds through it and we’d got our sums wrong and run out of cash. On the pitch the ingredients are there but there is no tactical plan, and defensively the pattern is awful. How we lost at Caldy I ll never know. We have Rotherham, Old Elths and Darlington next and could realistically be 6 games and 6 losses. Oh to have Maggsy back. It’s so bad I’d even have Dave Hilton back over this, and that’s saying something. I hope Protherough gets his P45 this week before it’s too late. I’d be on the phone to Mike Powell. Bright lad. Managed us well on the pitch when his body was at the end of the road. Maggsy would never come back. The club also need to let the coach do it, and not have the interjections of ‘this is how we did it in the 70s’..... Love the club. Sad to see this rubbish. This group of players should be top4-5 in this league. Another 4-5 players or a decent Dual reg arrangement and we could have challenged with decent coaching.
I think BS are very kind in their review, we were never in it, clueless when things went wrong, and flat footed when they quickly realised that actually there was no game plan or cohesion. I agree with a lot of the comments on this post, something has to be done and damn quick on the managerial side, otherwise Birmingham City Council will have a lovely banqueting suite/corporate hospitality arena at their disposal, as if we do hit the depths of Nat2 there is not a cat in hells chance the club could cover the overheads, we can barely do it now, that’s why there’s no revenue to bring in players. Coaching clearly not working, we ran round like headless chickens chasing the opposition and when we did get the ball we were so surprised we gave it back to them. This is the poorest Moseley side I’ve seen since the bad old days under Steve Ojomoh at the university.
I wasn't there (although was following on twitter), so in some ways I'll reserve judgment until after the Roth game. However, I was there for the toothless display against Cinderford. As others have said, the squad (as far as it goes) is thin but not that bad. Certainly not relegation standard. However, as I said in the "what else do we need" thread back in July/August, there are big positional gaps. If that was obvious to me as an exile then how much more worrying must it be for those of you in the clubhouse more than once a month or so?
Not sure what the answer is. Like many on here I had heard the whispers at the end of last season but thought that perhaps it was all rubbish because the entire squad didn't leave over the summer. I'm really not looking forward to coming on Saturday, it's been a long time since I've felt like that. Even when we were staring down the barrel of relegation to N1 it was easier - because the annual battle for Championship survival had become a bit wearing. But to the regional leagues??
All this and Chinnor top of the table (and 15 mins drive from my house). I'm not remotely going to defect, but this is taking masochism to a whole new level - adding in yet another club to the ones closer to me than Mose that for some reason I don't watch....
OTOH, of course, this could be a blip.... I hope so, don't want to criticise unnecessarily and certainly not panicking, but something needs to be done, and probably quite fast.
I've given it a couple of days to get over the defeat, but reading Protherough's words has made me a bit angry again. This performance is right up there (or down there I suppose) with the losses at Ealing and home to London Scottish in 2015/2016, at Hartpury 2016/17, and Blackheath at home 2017/18. I imagine Stortford feel sick they actually conceded a try.
RP is right that there were too many passes that shouldn't have been thrown; some of our players seem to think they're playing for Hurricanes or the Barbarians, flicking miracle off-loads to non-existent support runners.
What he doesn't acknowledge is that those individual errors that are costing us seem to be borne out of the play patterns. There is no getting over the gainline by the backs. There is no support running when someone does break through, as players seem to be expecting to wait for the ball from the inevitable ruck when we get hit on or behind the gainline. Players are trying to force the play because plan 'A' is not working. We seem to be trying to play the Exeter one out pass style without any of the speed to or at the breakdown or penetration by any backs. Fatiaki picked up an injury at Caldy that Tim Molenaar would pick up all the time - expected to run crash ball constantly until he inevitably gets hurt in contact.
I will be coming down on Saturday but I genuinely have no idea what the team sheet looks like - so many injuries happened and the squad was thin anyway - potentially out are: Tideswell, Wrafter, Roach, Crofts, Cowen, Osazuwa, Brown, Williams, Wara, Pointon, Moloney, Fatiaki, Penn - 13 out of our 27 listed squad. Hopefully there is at least some good news on this front.