York battering ends Coventry Bears’ winning run - The Coventry Observer

York battering ends Coventry Bears’ winning run

Coventry Editorial 2nd Aug, 2018   0

A RESURGENT Coventry Bears had their four-game winning brought to an end on Sunday at the hands of League One title challengers York City Knights.

Having not won a game since the opening day of the season back in May, the Bears have had an upturn in fortunes and claimed their fourth successive win last Wednesday night with a 64-6 victory over bottom-of-the-table West Wales Raiders.

However, any hopes of claiming a fifth were quickly dashed against York who racked up a 68-6 scoreline to bring an abrupt end to Coventry’s good run of form.

Bears head coach Tom Tsang said: “It was always going to be tough and the scoreline was fair but the lads did put in a lot of effort.”

Having beaten Bradford Bulls the previous Sunday, York were fresh and right at the top of their game, taking just five minutes to score when Josh Jordan-Roberts broke through the Bears’ defence.

Five minutes later it was Roman Dixon crossing the line as Coventry struggled to settle.

Graeme Horne, Joe Batchelor and Connor Robinson each grabbed themselves a try as the York onslaught continued.

Ben Stead did his best to inspire the Bears but the 34-0 half-time score showed the nature of the contest.

In the second half York continued on from where they left off in the first with Batchelor adding three more tries, Jordan-Roberts adding another with Brad Hey, Ash Robinson and Jack Ormondroyd all getting on the scoresheet.

Robinson added 16 points from successful conversions.

However, in true Bears never-say-die fashion, Jason Bass scooped up the ball after a kick and produced a spectacular 65-yard sprint to salvage some pride with four minutes to go.

The conversion by Ben Stead added two more but this had been a tough and tiring game for the Bears after their recent positive run.

Up next for Bears is a home game against Doncaster on Sunday.

Support community journalism by making a contribution.

The Coventry Observer's team of journalists provide a trusted source news, sport, entertainment and events going on in your area and issues which matter to you - both via our free weekly print edition and daily updates on our website.

Every contribution, however big or small, you can make will help us continue to do that now and in the future.

Thanks for reading this and the Coventry Observer.

Are you on Facebook?

Like or follow our Facebook page - facebook.com/CovObserver to get daily news updates straight to your news feed.

Reader Travel

Check out all of the latest reader travel offers to get your hands on some free gifts.


Weddings, Birthdays, Bereavements, Thank you notices, Marriages and more.

Business Directory

From plumbers, to restaurants, we can provide you with all the info you need.


Advertise with the Coventry Observer to reach your audience