Bears v Knights Match Report

Coventry Bears 10 York City Knights 38

COVENTRY Bears came up against a very spirited York Knights at home which once in the lead, weren’t going to let that go. The start of the game was very evenly matched with both sides unable to break through each other’s defence. Coventry took huge advantage from York making the first error, with them looking like the first to score with a strong run from Morrison as he broke York’s defensive line only to be held up a metre before the line.

York made their first threatening attack after 15 minutes, excellent hands down the right hand side. Only after 20 minutes was the first try put on the board from York City as Josh Tonks burst through Coventry’s line. Conversion was successful from full back Jordan Howden.

Not long after York were in again, with a break from Howden down the right side and a neat pass back inside to Cunningham gave York the chance to cross over for the second time in the afternoon.  Bear’s looked threatening all afternoon but struggled to get into their own attacking half, and errors didn’t help their chances. York were over again with a class run from Presley who saw a gap from the 35metres out and went for it, passing the ball inside just before his line to Smith who then in turn passed it onto Nicholson who crossed the line.

Knights started the scoring in the second half, as they crossed over the line after Smith saw a gap in the defence and crossed over the line under the sticks. York were in again, not long after with great hands down the line to the right hand side sent Ed Smith over in the corner, first conversion missed of the game.

Coventry were still giving York City a good game, with great skill from Price giving them many opportunities and strong drives from Morrison and Phillips. Bears almost crossed over with a great drive from Bale, was held up over the line from a strong York defence. Knights soon reacted to this, with a 40/20 from Carter who was then able to score from this.

Coventry scored what can only be described as a bizarre try, with York dropping it and James picking it up and scoring, bears, soon after sent Parker over the line, who was able to convert his own try also. This victory for the Knights sent them into second place in the league.

Men of the Match

Bears: Dan Parker

Knights: Nev Morrison

Coventry Bears RLFC

1 Jason Bass (45)

2 Elliot Holton (49)

3 Simon Phillips (13)

4 Nick Taylor (3)

5 Chris Dixon (2)

6 Dan Price (39)

7 Joel James (42)

8 Jack Morrison (17)

9 Richie Hughes (24) Capt

10 Andy Unsworth (34)

11 Matt Cooper (26)

12 Chris Barratt (12)

13 Dan Parker (30)

14 Tom Hall (38)

15 Liam Thompson (29)

16 Dylan Bale (14)

17 Morgan Evans (50)

Tries: Joel James, Dan Parker

Goals: ½ Dan Parker

Field Goals:N/A

York Knights RLFC

1 Jordan Howden (13)

2 New Morrison (5)

3 Liam Cunningham (4)

4 Tyler Craig (24)

5 Adam Dent (25)

6 Jonny Presley (6)

7 Pat Smith (7)

8 Mark Applegarth (8)

9 Harry Carter (9)

10 Jack Aldous (10)

11 Josh Tonks (15)

12 Ed Smith (12)

13 Ryan Mallinder (11)

14 Casey Canterbury

15 Brad Hey (18)

16 Brad Nicholson (29)

17 Micky Learmonth (28)

Tries: Tonks, Cunnigham 2,  Nicholson, Pat Smith, Ed Smith, Carter

Goals: 5/7

Field Goals: N/a

Penalty count: 8-6

Half-time: 0-18

Referee: Jon Roberts

Attendance: 442

NEXT HOME GAME: SUNDAY AUGUST 16TH South Wales Scorpions 3pm kick off.

Next week the Bears travel to Barrow on Saturday.


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