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Your News Coventry 15 Bedford 15 Friday 4th December 2009

Written by John Butler

A night of passion and emotion and at the end of it all a result of which the players could be immensely proud.

At the end of a troubled week and having gone 0 -15 down, it took a simply superb effort to pull the situation around, but pull it around they did in wet, miserable conditions, much to the delight of the Coventry faithful urging the team on all the way.

Early action however did not bode particularly well with Dai Maddocks being forced off with a leg injury after just 6 minutes and early line outs not going Cov’s way. It was Bedford who were to get first points on the board, an astute diagonal kick from Vass putting Dodge clear on the left, Dorrian missing the conversion for 0 -5.A mass brawl was then to break out after 14 minutes as tempers boiled, the outcome being yellow cards for Bedford’s Tupai and Rae together with one for Jamie Hall.

Cov , who had already begun to assert pressure simply however could not find a way through even with the numerical advantage, Joe Carlisle missing a drop goal attempt on 29 minutes. Bedford’s Taylor then knocked on following an inside pass from Dorrian ,but it was Coventry who territorially had achieved far more pressure positions without still being able to break down the Bedford defence.

After 44 minutes however, Bedford struck again, Dorrian gliding through in silky fashion to feed Roberts who ran in the try, Dorrian adding the conversion but missing a penalty attempt.

0-12 at half time with Coventry’s cause not being helped when Dorrian landed a straight forward penalty within 3 minutes of the re start.

From hereon in however, it was to prove to be virtually all Cov in an attacking sense with several replacements making telling contributions. On 62 minutes Coventry were to get their first points on the board, with the forwards really now turning the screw in impressive style, prop forward Jamie Hall was able to cross wide out, Carlisle missing the conversion.

3 minutes later it got even better, a cameo run and break from replacement full back Ollie Grove setting up the position, another replacement Drew Locke also being involved before flanker Aaron Carpenter crashed over for his maiden club try. Carlisle again missed the conversion.

Buoyed on by the passionate home crowd, Coventry kept piling on the pressure before more drama just into injury time. With the home forwards again turning the screw a melee on the visitors line saw the triumphant Carpenter come up with the ball to dramatically level matters. Sadly from a none too difficult position Joe Carlisle sliced his kick just to the left leaving the feeling after such a superb fight back a victory could so easily have been achieved.

The final message to come out however after a troubled week, but superb fighting performance by the whole team, Coventry is alive and kicking !

Coventry. Ollie Winter, Simon Frewin, Phil Mackenzie, Fangatapu Apikotoa, Romain Plantey, Joe Carlisle, Mike Walls, Dai Maddocks, Ross McMillan, Jamie Hall, Arthur Brenton (Capt), Louis McGowan, Aaron Carpenter, Riche Bignell, Henno Venter.

Replacements; Jo Merrigan for McMillan, Rob Dugard for Maddocks, Sam Herrington for Brenton, David Askew for Bignell, Drew Locke for Apikotoa, Will Hurrell for Frewin, Ollie Grove for Winter.

Coventry. Tries; Jamie Hall, Aaron Carpenter 2

Bedford. Tries; Ollie Dodge, Liam Roberts. Conversion; Myles Dorrian. Penalty goal; Dorrian

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