Relegation fears grow as Knights crash

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NEXT weekend’s derby clash with Rotherham gained even great significance for the Knights after they missed out on a vital win at relegation rivals Moseley.

Clive Griffiths’ men failed to cross the whitewash despite dominating possession and territory in another battling performance.

The hosts’ defence was thoroughly resolute while the Knights shot themselves in the foot with a number of errors.

The 23-9 defeat leaves Doncaster two points from safety having played a game more than second bottom Jersey.

Proceedings could not have got off to as bad a start for the Knights as Ryan Glynn gave Moseley the lead inside the first few minutes.

Referee Darren Gamage ignored claims for a forward pass inside the 22 and the ball was quickly recycled to Glynn who strolled over next to the sticks with Glyn Hughes adding the conversion.

The Knights produced a sustained period of pressure but could not breach the line.

Decision-making could also have been questioned as they elected to go for touch in some strong positions for penalty points.

Hughes showed them how it is done by slotting over a pair of penalties for the hosts before the break.

Pressing from the Knights was excellent and they forced a number of penalties deep inside the Moseley half with Adam Kettle and Hafu causing chaos.

The pressure eventually told and skipper Michael Powell was sinbinned for the hosts.

But the Knights again failed to capitalise with the penalty as the five metre lineout was lost and the ball cleared.

Doncaster started the second half well and narrowly missed out on a try from Michael Keating.

But they finally got off the mark when Lennard slotted over a penalty only for Hughes to restore Moseley’s 13-point advantage soon after.

Code switching centre Will Sharp almost marked his debut with a try as the Knights piled on the pressure only for the strong Moseley defence to bundle him into touch.

The Knights were encamped inside the opposition half but errors continued to deny them a way through.

Lennard reduced the gap to 10 with another penalty and landed another to keep the Knights in the hunt as Hughes lacked accuracy with a couple of attempts of his own.

But this was to be Doncaster’s last score as the game slipped away from them.

Substitute Buster Lawrence bulldozed through several weak tackles on the left to score with Oliver Thomas converting to seal a vital win in the relegation reckoning for the hosts.

n Moseley: Thomas, Hunt, King, Carter, Robinson, Hughes (Davies, 77), Glynn, Waller, Caves (Wilkes, 39), Evans (Herriott, 70), Lockley, Powell (Lawrence, 58), Mason (Dickinson, 63), Pons (Robinson, 63), Pienaar.

n Knights: Braid, Keating, Sharp (Mama, 55), Luke, Lewis, Lennard, Bedford (Hallam, 64), McGovern (Brown, 60), Buckley, Cronin, Challinor, Parsons (Hoy, 57), Kettle, Hafu (Sowery, 68), Planchant (Boyde, 57).