Bears left to pay for slow start - The Coventry Observer

Bears left to pay for slow start

Coventry Editorial 28th Jul, 2021   0

The Bears had their work cut out in the North West. Picture by Steve Miller.

HEAD coach Richie Squires lamented his Coventry Bears side for giving themselves a mountain to climb, in their 40-12 Betfred League One defeat at Barrow Raiders last weekend.

The Bears had it all to do at Craven Park after a slow start proved costly, perhaps due to the weariness accumulated during the lengthy drive to Cumbria, when conceding three early tries to trail 18-0.

And despite pulling the score back to 24-12 at the break through Dan Coates and Matty Welham scores – both of which were converted by the former – league leaders Barrow showed their class to put the game beyond doubt.

Referencing Coventry’s previous outing, Squires said: “Unfortunately it was the polar opposite to Keighley [a 24-12 victory] the previous Friday night.

“We didn’t do the little things right in the first 15 minutes, and it gifted the most talented team in the league an 18-0 lead – the same as the home game.

“After 20 minutes, we eventually got a foothold in the game and competed set for set.

“And after 55 minutes, it was still 24-12, so it was a case of who scored next would win the game.

“Unfortunately, we forced our hand and the match then got away from us, so it was a very disappointing performance compared to where we have been lately.”

Sitting in eighth, the Bears visit London Skolars, ninth, on Saturday.

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