17th Jan, 2022

Bears left to pay for slow start

Ben Tyler 28th Jul, 2021

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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