October 27th, 2016

Coventry’s poor form on the road in National League One continues at Fylde

ANOTHER disappointing defeat on the road saw Coventry fall to their fifth successive defeat in National League One at the hands of Fylde.

Coventry’s form away from the Butts Park Arena showed little sign of changing at Woodlands on Saturday as Fylde clinched a league double to move above their rivals thanks to a 25-14 win.

The hosts took an early lead thanks to a Chris Johnson penalty and Coventry could have fallen further behind had it not been for a forward pass from Spragg ruling out a breakaway try.

It turned into a fairly even affiar with both sides struggling with the conditions, but Coventry did have their moments with

Tom Preece, Danny Wright and George Oliver all having raids deep into opposition territory.

An uncessary yellow card to forward Loma Kivalu for a deliberate offside changed the game though shortly after the half-hour mark as Fylde scored two converted tries in the space of three minutes to storm ahead.

A scrum from close in allowed top try scorer Olli Brennand to score after evading two tackles and moments later from a lineout five metres out flanker Evan Stewart stormed over with Johnson adding the extras from 17-0.

With Kivalu back on after the break, there were noew ground for hope for Coventry although immediate home pressure suggested otherwise and another Johnson penalty on 45 minutes extended the gap to 20 points.

And four minutes later centre Chris Briers stormed through a gap to score a third try.

Coventry finally began to show some urgency midway through the second half but they were dealt another blow when Chad Thorne was yellow carded for being adjudged to have pulled down a rolling maul.

The visitors survived without conceding any points and instead conjured up two late tries themselves to give the travelling fans support to cheers.

A catch and drive four minutes from time saw Tom Preece awarded the try and with Fylde also now down to 14 men with Johnson sidelined following a high tackle, Scott Hamilton made it a New Zealand double with a second try.

Cliffie Hodgson converted both to leave him on 999 league points for Coventry just one short of becoming the first player from the club to achieve the feat of 1,000.