October 21st, 2016

Record breaking Coventry defeat Blaydon

Updated: 4:41 pm, May 07, 2015

COVENTRY recorded only their second ever win over Blaydon to make it 14 wins on the trot in National League One.

Scott Morgan’s side picked another five league points in their push for promotion thanks to a 34-15 win at the Butts Park Arena on Saturday.

It was not all plain sailing for the Blues & Whites with Blaydon briefly taking the lead at the beginning of the second half but Coventry scored a further 19 points without reply to maintain their record breaking run.

In front of a record attendance for the club in National League One (1,938) Coventry got off to the worst possible start when they fell behind with just 40 seconds on the clock.

From the kick-off Blaydon took advantage of some indecision and lock Chris Wearmouth crashed over for an unconverted try.

A response came immediately after some good work through the middle by Will Hurrell allowed Dom Lespierre to speed through out wide and Matt Jones defied the elements to land the conversion and put the hosts 7-5 in front.

With the wind advantage it was not surprising to see Blaydon enjoy more positive territory but they were unable to make the most of it.

Matt Price received a yellow on 16 minutes after a brief flair up but Blaydon again were still not taking advantage of the elements and it was Coventry who struck for a second time.

Rob Knox was set free on a superb trademark break and despite behind held towards the line the ball was recycled and Lespierre crossed for his 15th try of the season with Jones again converting superbly.

With the wind against them Coventry conceded a second try when Blaydon centre Tom Bramwell was allowed to run in from 35 metres and Andy Baggett’s conversion moved the visitors to within just two points at the break.

After the break Coventry knew they had the wind in their favour and despite briefly falling behind after Baggett scored a close range penalty, it was the hosts who pressed the assertive button.

On 58 minutes the lead was regained thanks to a superb move which began in the Coventry half and saw George Oliver, on for the injured Lewis Ludlam, make considerable ground before Sam Pailor stormed over for Jones to again convert for 21-15.

Replacement Dan Rundle came close to adding to Coventry’s tally and Cliffie Hodgson was denied by a knock on before a Jones penalty put the hosts nine points in front.

On 79 minutes Pailor stormed over for his second try of the match which Jones converted and there was still time for the fly half to land another penalty following a Blaydon infringement to wrap up a 34-15 victory.

This Saturday Coventry will be looking to secure their 15th consecutive win when they head to north Yorkshire to face Wharfedale.