18th Nov, 2017

Record breaking Coventry extend unbeaten run to ten

Coventry Editorial 9th Dec, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

ANOTHER superb victory over Fylde in front of the largest attendance at the Butts Park Arena moves Coventry to within just six points of National League One leaders Ealing Trailfinders.

It is turning into quite a season for Coventry after a 62-31 win extended the club’s record breaking winning streak to ten matches.

A crowd of 1,737, the club’s biggest attendance in National League One, crammed into the BPA to watch one of the most entertaining matches of the season on Saturday afternoon.

Whilst fourth-placed Fylde deserve praise for never giving up they simply had no answer to Coventry’s breathtaking play.

It proved to be a hugely entertaining first half with the two sides trading tries one after the other.

Cliffie Hodgson claimed Coventry’s first try of the match in the third minute and Lewis Ludlam scored their second in the 14th minutes.

Will Hurrell crossed for a third before six minutes later and persistent pressure enabled Rob Knox to cross wide out for try number for shortly before the half-hour mark.

Hodgson was back to his best from the boot to convert all four.

But to their credit Flyde scored between each Coventry try thanks to scores from Ryan De La Harpe, Warren Spragg Evan Stewart and Scott Rawlings, all of which were converted by fly half Chris Johnson.

The visitors then paid a heavy price for receiving two yellow cards to Gareth Rawlings and Joe Robinson when a depleted scrum saw the referee award Coventry a penalty try.

This was converted by Hodgson to give the hosts a 35-28 lead at the break, but both sides had already secured a bonus point.

With Fylde suffering further when fly half Johnson received yellow mid-way through the second half, Coventry took complete control of the match and running in another five tries to claim an emphatic win.

Within 40 seconds of the re-start Dom Lespierre used his pace to claim his 12th try of the season but this time the angle defeated Hodgson’s conversion attempt.

With 20 minutes remaining the score soon became 52-31 to the hosts.

Johnson slotted Fylde’s only second half points with a penalty but Coventry hit back again with Sam Pailor crossing and Knox scored his second of the match, with Hodgson converting the second.

The visitors tried desperately to stem the tide but on 75 minutes replacement lock Jordan Onojaife powered over and Hodgson again converted for 59-31.

And tith skipper Hodgson coming off it was left for fly half Matt Jones to take Coventry past the 60 point mark with an injury-time penalty.

This Saturday Scott Morgan’s side will be hoping to extend their winning streak to 11 when they visit Blackheath.


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