23rd Jan, 2019

Coventry Bears slump to a home defeat at hands of promotion hopeful Dons

COVENTRY Bears were on the wrong end of a 46-6 scoreline to League One promotion hopefuls Doncaster at the Butts Park Arena.

The vastly experienced Dons opened the scoring through Jordan Howden with Matty Beharrell adding the extras.

Seven minutes later Richard Owen touched down as the visitors extended their advantage.

The successful conversion put them 16-0 ahead.

Frankie Mariano was next to cross over for the Dons after another characteristic flowing move across the park.

The Bears did all they could to slow the onslaught but were unable to prevent Aron Bishop-Jones crossing over in the left corner.

As half-time approached Brad England made a spectacular incisive run from deep in his own half to be held up by the dogged Bears defence.

He was stopped but his team mate Ryan Boyle concluded matters with a try which was subsequently converted.

The game was effectively over as the half-time hooter blew but both sides had something to prove as they came out again – the Dons wanted more points for their difference and the Bears wanted to salvage some pride.

Coventry achieved their objective within two minutes of the restart as Mikey Russell dived over but the conversion was missed.

Any hopes of a comeback were soon dashed when Conor Bower touched down for the visitors.

Next over was Russell Spiers as the visitors kept piling on the points.

The final try was a close-in effort by England but the conversion attempt hit the post.

Coventry make the trip to Workington on Sunday.

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