September 27th, 2016

Poor end of season form continues for Coventry

Updated: 4:28 pm, May 07, 2015

COVENTRY slipped to their sixth defeat of the season after losing 44-28 on the road at Fylde in National League One.

Coventry had won the previous three encounters between the two sides but it was Fylde who avenged the 62-point mauling earlier this season.

But a repeat of a similar result never looked likely despite the visitors being just one point down at the break.

They were eventually outdone by fast flowing passing by the hosts who scored three unanswered tries in the space of 20 minutes to seal an emphatic home win.

The early signs looked positive with Matt Jones slotting home two penalties inside the opening seven minutes.

But a Coventry mistake allowed Chris Briers to cross for the opening try of the match which Chris Johnson converted for 7-6.

Within three minutes the visitors were back in front when a period of sustained pressure saw Barry Davies run clear and Jones was on-hand to convert to extras.

The hosts hit back once again and were back in front within two minutes thanks to a Johnson penalty before Gareth Gore was driven over and Johnson converted well into the wind as Fylde regained the lead they were never to lose.

Scott Rawlings scored try number three after receiving an inside pass before steaming over from 30 metres out. Johnson this time missed the conversion but his side were 22-13 to the good.

Coventry pulled back seven points before the break to pull themselves right back into the match.

The home side lost possession which allowed Sam Pailor to storm diagonally into the corner and although Jones missed the conversion, the fly half slotted home a penalty to make it 22-21.

The second period could not have got off to a worse start when on 46 minutes Fylde released the dangerous Ollie Brennand for the first of three tries in the space of 20 minutes, with Johnson missing each of the three conversions.

Credit must go to Dan Rundle for charging down each of the kicks and he also made a try-saving tackle to deny Brennand a fourth try of the match.

Another counter saw Fylde seal their seventh try of the match through replacement Tom Burtonwood which was this time converted by Johnson.

And despite Coventry having the last say with Rob Knox scoring his 13th of the season, which Jones converted, it was not enough to secure a match point for the first time this season.

Coventry entertain Blackheath in their final home game at the Butts Park Arena this Saturday.

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