September 24th, 2016

Coventry climb continues into top three

Updated: 4:39 pm, May 07, 2015

COVENTRY moved up to third in National League One after producing without doubt their best away performance of the season at Tynedale.

Nine tries for Scott Morgan’s side earned them a comfortable 57-21 win in the North East, which was their eighth successive win.

With just one win previously at Tynedale Park Coventry knew they were in for another very tough match but the visitors were in excellent form and it was no surprise to see them score first.

An early catch and drive saw Andy Brown come up with the ball after Scott Morgan had won the line out cleanly but Cliffie Hodgson pulled the conversion wide.

Tynedale hit back immediately with Ben Frankland crossing and Gavin Beasley converted the extras for a lead that was destined to last just ten minutes.

Brown scored his second of the game which Hodgson this time converted and two further tries in first half stoppage time put the visitors firmly in front.

First after a Rob Knox surge, Will Hurrell crossed and then Hodgson surged over the line before converting the fourth try himself.

In-between a chip ahead had gone wrong and allowed Frankland to score his second and Beasley’s conversion left the half-time score 14-24 in favour of Coventry.

The challenge now was for Coventry to keep their ascendancy and they did just that from the Tynedale re-start with the forwards producing a wonderfully controlled 30-metre rolling maul which made a real statement

On 43 minutes another rolling maul saw Andy Brown seal his hat trick. Hodgson’s conversion put Coventry in a comfortable 14-31 position and a sixth try came on 58 minutes.

A precise move saw Ed Milne link with Matt Jones and then Knox before Hurrell was fed to cross for his second try, but this time the wide angle defeated Hodgson ‘conversion attempt.

Dale then produced their first real attack of the half six minutes later, only to see a somewhat loose pass snapped up by replacement Dom Lespierre who stormed some 70 metres for an interception try which Hodgson converted for 14-43.

Tynedale refused to throw in the towel and a breakaway try from flanker Dan Temm was converted by Beasley to cut the margin to 43-21.

But two more late tries, both converted by Hodgson, sealed an emphatic win for Coventry.

First debutant flanker Lewis Ludlam stormed over after leaving attempted tacklers in his wake and close to full time replacement scrum half Louis Silver finished off for try number nine.

Five match points and a defeat for Fylde allows Coventry to move into third place ahead of this Saturday’s home match against league leaders Ealing Trailfinders.

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