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22
DEC

Coventry 6 Plymouth Albion 7

The real pity from this encounter played out in the most appalling conditions was that the hours of dedication put in to actually get the match on was not rewarded by the final result.

The band of workers who worked tirelessly to defy the odds were actually rewarded in one sense for their efforts, in as much the match actually to took place at all with kick off being delayed to 3.15pm.. Had the overnight and morning deluge not subsided when it did, there is little doubt the match would probably not have reached a conclusion.

As it was with some water still visible and the pitch quickly becoming a quagmire, it was clear from very early on few points would separate the two sides. The defining difference which probably had the biggest say in the outcome was that Plymouth played the conditions and the weather better, Unfortunately far too much of Cov’s kicking simply gifted possession back to Albion who for the most part were content to play the percentage game.

Indeed in the first have it was the visitors who enjoyed much better spells of possesion . That much did change in the second half when Cov, now playing in a red kit pummelled away without reward. Fairly late on quite a number on the ground believed a match clinching try had been scored way our on the right, however referee Vertigan ruled a player ( the mud and grime defied clear identification), had been held up and realisitically Coventry’s last chance had gone.

Overall though in such appaling weather, the Butts Park was not for the faint hearted as both sides slogged it out to produce a pretty fair game of rugby in the conditions. Scoring was always going to be limited, Cov in blue and white first half taking an early lead through a well struck Myles Dorrian penalty after Albion were penalised for not rolling away.

As Plymouth themselves applied pressure, Laurie McGlone, who throughout put in several of his telling bulldozing runs broke out of defence only for Cov to be penalised. Following a penalty kick to touch Albion won the line out to set up their trade mark rolling maul from which prop Hopkins scored the only try of the game. Fly half Hallett who had earlier been short with a penalty attempt converted well from an angle.

3-7 down at half time, Coventry really did exert some real pressure both early and late in the second period, but there was to be no way through. Myles Dorrian did pull three points back with a penalty after Hopkins was penalised but it was to prove to be the only points of the half.

A losing bonus point yes, but this really was a home match that Cov were targetting to win to help keep the distance going from the bottom five sides in the Division. It was not to be.

Coventry. Ben Russell, Will Hurrell, George Dixon, Donovan Sanders, Ollie Winter, Myles Dorrian, Nathan Jones, Laurence Ovens, Chris Whitehead, Rudi Brits, Carl Burgess, David Lyons, Henno Venter (Capt), Jamie Miller, Laurie McGlone.

Replacements; Stewart Pearl for Whitehead, Rob Dugard for Brits, Sam Herrington for Burgess, Darren Clayton for Miller, Tom Slater for Jones, Tommy Hayes for Sanders, Ben Pons for Venter

Coventry. Penalty goals; Myles Dorrian 2

Plymouth Albion. Try. Ryan Hopkins. Conversion; Keiran Hallett

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