A LATE try and some determined defending helped Hereford to 19-19 draw at Moseley Oak.

After weathering the storm a weakened Hereford side, missing several influential players, salvaged a draw in Birmingham when Leon Parsons crossed the whitewash seven minutes from time.

In the first half Hereford failed to make the most of their chances and changed ends with a disappointingly narrow lead at 14-5.

George Hillson had opened the scoring for the visitors before Tom Starkey doubled their lead on 22 minutes with both scores converted by Bryn Goodall.

However, they then let Moseley back into the tie and failed to take advantage of the conditions.

In the second period, Oak used the wind to go advantage and spent long periods penning Hereford into their own half.

Two converted tries gave the hosts a five points lead with 10 minutes to go.

However, driving play enabled Parsons to add a try to level the scores, unfortunately Goodall’s conversion attempt into the wind was just wide.

For the final minutes Moseley Oak put everything into attack and only some determined defence enabled Hereford to hold out until the final whistle.

After the game Hereford Head Coach, Sean Lynn said: "We were not clinical enough at the start of the first half especially after winning the toss and playing with the wind.

"We knew that going in at half-time with just a nine-point lead was not enough.

"Moseley kept the ball very well in the first period and in the second half took a 19-14 lead. "Our boys showed good character in the last minutes of the game, they just kept playing the phases. Tom Starkey stepped up into the first receiver channel and just wanted to go forward and we scored a try to secure two points for the draw.

"Full credit to Moseley, we knew what they would bring and they delivered. Now we go back to the drawing board to prepare for our Friday evening game with Malvern.”