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Your News Coventry 29 - Manchester 18

This really was a ‘’ must win’’ game and to their credit the squad achieved the result that was so much needed after a tough sequence of matches had brought three defeats.

Manchester to their credit despite being bottom of the Division certainly did not come to simply lie down, their forwards gave a great deal in the tight and outside they possessed some speedy and dangerous runners. Where Coventry probably failed to capitalise most was the disappointment in not being able to add more second half points to a sizeable half time lead, given that the Lancashire club had already leaked a lot of points this season.

An important win plus a bonus point was just what the doctor ordered however with an important run of matches to come. It indeed began promisingly, the assured Myles Dorrian, kicking in the absence of Ronnie McLean landing an early penalty from close in. Shortly afterwards a searing George Dixon break down the left from a move begun in homer territory saw the powerful centre tap tackled just short.

Sadly after 10 minutes Manchester hooker Henry Platt left the field on a stretcher in considerable pain with a very nasty injury to his thigh/leg and all those who witnessed it will surely wish him a speedy and full recovery. Credit also to referee Maybank for stopping play so promptly.

Shortly afterwards Manchester drew level for the only time courtesy of a Knowles penalty before after 16 minutes Coventry regained the lead with a lovely try. Myles Dorrian made a searing break from 45 metres before drawing the remaining defence to send Donovan Sanders in for his second try in consecutive matches, Dorrian converting.

Manchester pressed before losing possession in a turnover, Knowles missing a penalty into the wind before on 27 minutes it became 17 –3. A splendid move involving Dorrian twice, Mc Glone and Whitehead finally saw McGlone crash through for his first try of the season, Dorrian landing the easy conversion.

Donovan Sanders would have crossed again had his progress not been affected by the apologetic referee Roy Maybank, Cov though were not to be denied, Mc Glone crossing for try number 3 from a close in penalty, Dorrian once more converting.

Knowles pulled back three points with a penalty at the end of a first half timed by some at 38 minutes !.

Faced with playing into the wind Coventry soon conceded somewhat needlessly a try to visiting centre Wilson who took advantage of a bouncing ball to cross, Knowles adding the conversion for 24 –13. Three minutes later though Laurie McGlone clinched his try hat trick and a valuable bonus point after a series of pick up and drives, Dorrian this time failing to convert.

It was to prove to be Cov’s final score of the match as Manchester often stretching the home defence wide out pressed often from deep before handling let them down, Coventry also losing too much ball in the tackle. On 54 minutes Nathan Jones cut through before the move broke down in the opposition ‘’22’’ before on 60 minutes the stretcher was required for the second time as Jones departed with a painful looking rib injury. Fortunately, subsequent news confirmed that Nathan’s injury was not as bad as was first feared.

Manchester indeed were to have the final say for after O’Regan had knocked on with the line all but at his mercy, his co winger Knowles crossed after 79 minutes after a powerful run, but too late to affect the outcome, the same player missing the conversion.

An important move up the National Division One table for Cov and hopefully more points to come against sides in the lower half of the Division.

Coventry. Ben Russell, Sam Montague, George Dixon, Donovan Sanders, Ollie Winter, Myles Dorrian, Nathan Jones, Laurence Ovens, Chris Whitehead, Rob Dugard, Sam Herrington, Carl Burgess, Jamie Miller, Rob Bell, Laurie McGlone (Capt).

Replacements; Stewart Pearl for Whitehead, Greg Thomas for Bell, Henno Venter for Miller, Mike Walls for Jones, Tommy Hayes for Dorrian, Ben Pons for Mc Glone.

Coventry. Tries; Laurie McGlone (3), Donovan Sanders. Conversions; Myles Dorrian (3). Penalty goal; Dorrian

Manchester. Tries; Andre Wilson, Joe Knowles. Conversion; Knowles. Penalty goals; Knowles (2)

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