COVENTRY Bears head coach Tom Tsang challenged his side to maintain their standards, after a stunning all-round performance saw off Workington Town 41-30 at Broadstreet RFC.
With the pitch at Butts Park Arena being relaid, the Bears kicked off at The Ivor Preece Field, earning a victory that lifts them up to eighth in Betfred League 1.
Tsang admitted the playing schedule of his side isn’t ideal, but was left delighted by how they responded to a three-week break without action.
“As you can imagine, I’m immensely proud of my players after this result.
“We are coming off the back of a fractured playing schedule and a few losses, so we were really keen to put in a strong performance to kick start the rest of the season.
“Every player contributed to that win. Now our job is once again to try to back this up with another strong performance next week.
“We are realistic to know we won’t win every week, but if we play like this consistently, which is not easy, it will take a good side to beat us.”
The hosts went behind after surviving early pressure, when Scott Rooke scored a converted try to nudge Town in front.
Eventual man of the match Nick Newman started and almost ended a fluid move, but was denied on the line by the Workington defence.
However, he would respond by setting through Jacob Jones to score after a quarter of an hour, before kicking the conversion to level the scores.
He added a try of his own, followed by another conversion, as the Bears continued to pose a real threat to the visitors.
Kieran Sherratt added further woe to the Workington cause, when weaving his way through the defence and putting through Kam Pierce Paul to score a third try.
An interception from five yards out from the Bears try line led to a fourth converted try without response, as Newman struck with his second of the game after striding the length of the pitch.
The Bears went into a 28-6 lead at the break, when Reece Rance crashed over in the corner, with the conversion missed.
Town struck through a Jonathan Walsh try to remind the Bears that they were still alive and kicking, prior to Ryan Fieldhouse also getting in on the act.
A lung-busting run from Elliot Hall extended Coventry’s lead once more, with Newman adding the extra’s.
That was followed by a similar converted score from Jones for his second of the game, putting the Bears 40-18 up.
A Jamie Doran try restored some hope for the away side in the final nine minutes, although a Newman drop goal added to the deficit Workington were chasing.
Rooke added a final try of the game, but it was too little, too late, as the Bears secured a third win of the campaign.