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Rugby Union: Moseley land award double; CELEBRATION: Beale's delighted with club recognition.

Byline: By Roger Clarke

MOSELEY are club of the month for October and can also boast the coach of the month in Ian Smith.

The awards are from the National Clubs Association and director of rugby John Beale said: "The odd thing there is that it was October when we got it.

"We played better in September and we lost to Esher in October but it was a welcome surprise and it is nice to get a bit of recognition."

Moseley have also had another boost with the news that winger James Aston, who had a groin injury in the summer, and prop Neil Bayliss, who had a shoulder op, have both played two second-team games and both should be available in the near future.

Offset against that though is the news that centre Josh Frape, who has been out since the summer with a knee injury, will now be out for the rest of the season with a third operation schedules.

Beale said: "The knee injury was misdiagnosed and the knee joint is not perfectly lined up and that is what has been giving him pain.

"It has now been diagnosed so the operation will now probably be after Christmas because it is a long recovery in any case and he won't be ready until next season." Moseley are also looking to strengthen their squad and are in talks with a premiership club about having two players on a loan basis which would significantly improve the standard of the squad. Meanwhile, the first-team squad will be working on finishing this week ready for the visit of fifth placed Henley, who had a 47-5 victory over next-to-bottom Halifax on Saturday.

Beale said: "We know it will be a tough game but it is important we get bonus points in our home games to stay in this top part of the league."

Moseley were also watching Rotherham, or Earth Titans as they are now known, as they managed a fortuitous win over 27-26 win over Pertemps Bees on Saturday.

The two clash in the Powergen Trophy in two week's time and Moseley are investigating moving their sixth round clash at Billesley Common from Saturday to Sunday.

Meanwhile, Andy Binns will appear before an RFU disciplinary panel in Coventry tonight.

The full-back was sent off for allegedly kicking an opponent during the Powergen National Trophy fifth round tie at Stourbridge on November 5 and was banned for two weeks the following day by the club


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Date:Nov 15, 2005
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