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Your News Coventry 26 Plymouth Albion 10 Friday 23rd October 2009

Written by John Butler

Above all else from a Coventry perspective it was the final result which was the most important issue to come out of this match.

With both sides having won twice, but with Cov having lost three times at home, a win was the key factor and in reality the final result was never seriously in doubt.

Against a Plymouth side with predictably a very limited game plan, Cov’s only real disappointments were a line out which failed to function satisfactorily throughout and the loss of a try bonus point.

Needing a positive start to settle nerves, Coventry could not have asked for anything better. With on loan fly half Joey Carlisle looking assured and confident from the outset, the Blue and Whites were ahead inside two minutes. A poor kick out of defence from visiting full back and captain Hallett was immediately punished as Carlisle collecting flipped a long pass sending Jamie Miller storming over, Carlisle landing an excellent conversion.


On 9 minutes though, Cov were to rather sloppily concede what was to prove to be Albion’s only try. After Plymouth’s pack had laid the foundations, slack tackling on the right finally saw winger Gibson cross for Hallett to convert to level matters.

An offside decision 3 minutes later enabled Joey Carlisle to land a 35 metre penalty for a 10- 7 lead, Hallett missing from 35 metres shortly afterwards after Cov rather needlessly obstructed.


The line outs were proving troublesome. But after 22 minutes more good work from Carlisle saw Phil Mackenzie swoop through with a fine run from which he was however unable to finish off. Coventry though were not be denied and two minutes later after another splendid build up and excellent handling, Jamie Miller, really enjoying himself stormed in for his second and fifth try overall of the season, Carlisle’s conversion just edging wide.


Hallett pulled back three points with an easy penalty for 15-10, before Cov ran in try number three after more fine handling saw Phil Mackenzie claim his maiden club try, the Carlisle conversion again just failing. Visiting number six Stephen then received yellow for killing the ball, the penalty kick to touch gaining position which saw Aaron Carpenter held up.


20 -10 at half time and plenty to build on with still a man advantage and within two minutes Cov were again hammering away following four or five excellent phases of handling. Nothing came of it with Plymouth allowed to clear their lines and then coming close after a period of pressure, a Nathan Jones clearance being half charged down. Solid defence however repelled the danger.

Former Cov flanker Clayton was then penalised for handling in the ruck, Carlisle’s penalty attempt from 42 metres just sliding left.

Another scything Mackenzie break brought no reward, but overall Coventry were not as dominant as in the first half. Plymouth though despite several rolling mauls were not seriously posing a great threat, too much predictable kicking ruining their forwards efforts.

Plymouth’s Clayton then became his sides second yellow card following a high tackle, but the only subsequent points were two penalties landed by Joey Carlisle, although on 76 minutes, Cov’s most positive attack for some time brought no reward as a bonus point was sought in vain.

In injury time, Albion at last tried with some success to put a handling move together, winger Kingdom slipping and losing footing inside the Cov ‘’22’’.

It was to prove to be the final move with Coventry gratefully and deservedly taking the four points.


Ben Russell, Will Hurrell, Phil Mackenzie, Fangatapu Apikitoa, Romain Plantey, Joey Carlisle, Nathan Jones, Dai Maddocks, Jo Merrigan, Jamie Hall, Arthur Brenton, Sam Herrington, Jamie Miller, Richie Bignell, Aaron Carpenter.

Replacements; Ross McMillan for Merrigan, Scott Roberts for Maddocks, Ben Dechartres for Brenton, Henno Venter for Carenter, Mike Walls for Jones, Chris Lewis for for Apikitoa, James Lewis for Mackenzie.

Coventry. Tries; Jamie Miller 2, Phil Mackenzie. Conversion; Joey Carlisle. Penalty goals; Carlisle 3.

Plymouth. Try; Liam Gibson. Conversion; Kieran Hallett. Penalty goal; Hallett.

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