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Bears give spirited Cup performance

Cougar Park Keighley

Cougar Park Keighley

Keighley Cougars 54 Coventry Bears 28

Ladbrokes Challenge Cup 3rd round match

3pm kick off Cougar Park


The Bears travelled to Keighley Cougars and gave their hosts a shock in the first half scorching to a good lead which they held onto until the Cougars pack started to take control and dominate in the second half. There were some good positives for the Bears as a number of players stepped up to the challenge and gave spirited performances against a side that will be pushing for promotion in League One this season.

Scoring was opened when Bears James Redman put Jono Milizewski through behind the ruck and the Bears followed up to score through prop Tommy Holland. Joel James kicked the goal and the Bears were off the mark. Cougars 0 Bears 6.

The Bears were on fire and scored twice more in quick succession through Charlie O'mara. The first was another Milizewski break followed up by Barratt who played the ball quickly for Redman to kick through and O'mara to pounce on the ball wide on the right. The next try came from some sustainable pressure by the Bears and the young halfback O'mara danced his way over and dived under the sticks for a great individual score. This brought the score to Cougars 0 Bears 18 with 23 mins gone in the first half.

5 minutes later Cougars hit back as Hawkyard swept around the back and ran in to score to get the Cougars on the scoreboard. 4-18. After another 6 minutes the Cougars scored again on the right through their centre Martin and it was 10-18.

Some sustained pressure from the Cougars in the middle and they managed to get over again just before halftime as the Bears looked to tire a little. HT Cougars 16 Bears 18.

The second half started with Cougars coming out strong, the Bears defeneded well but 7 minutes in the deadlock was broken and the Cougars scored through Barnes. 20-18.

The Cougars pack started to dominate and for the next 20 minutes it was one way traffic as two trys in quick sucession from Oakes and Ollett do real damage with both trys converted by Brook it was Cougars 32 Bears 18.

4 more from Gabriel, White and two from Martin put the game to bed for the Cougars but the Bears finished strong with trys from Jay Lobwein and Jono Milizewski to give the Coventry side confidence that they can score points against the very best in the division.

Cougars Paul March said that the Bears deserved their points but will expect his side to perform better to their standards over the 80 minutes.

Tom Tsang from the Bears was pleased with how the Bears scored and went about their business early in the game but expected better in defence in the second half as again discipline and concentration was lacking when it was needed the most. 

Full Tom Tsang reaction to follow this week.  

Try scoring sequence:

0-6 - Holland TRY - James GOAL 

0-12 - O'Mara TRY - James GOAL 

0-18 - O'Mara TRY - James GOAL 

4-18 - R Hawkyard TRY - Brook NO GOAL 

10-18 - Barnes TRY - Brook GOAL 

16-18 - Barnes TRY - Brook GOAL 

20-18 - Barnes TRY - Brook GOAL 

26-18 - Oakes TRY - Brook GOAL 

32-18 - Ollett TRY - Brook GOAL 

38-18 - Gabriel TRY - Brook GOAL 

44-18 - White TRY - Brook GOAL 

48-18 - Martin TRY - Brook NO GOAL 

54-18 - Martin TRY - Brook GOAL 

54-22 - Lowbein TRY - James NO GOAL 

54-28 - Milizewski TRY - James GOAL

Referee: J Roberts

Touch Judges: G Melling & H Neville

4th official D McNeice

Commissioner: N Robinson

Teams :


 22 Ritchie Hawkyard

  2 Andy Gabriel

 23 Charlie Martin

 29 Hamish Barnes

  5 Paul White

 14 Adam Brook

  7 Paul Handforth

  8 Scott Law

  9 James Feather

 12 Brendon Rawlins

 17 John Oakes

 25 Darren Hawkyard

 13 Ash Lindsay

Subs (All Used)

 15 Neil Cherryholme

 19 Matthew Bailey

 20 Aaron Ollett

 35 Ross Peltier


  1 Joel James

  2 Ben Warrilow

  3 Brett Barlow

  4 Matt Reid

  5 Hayden Freeman

  6 Charlie O’Mara

  7 Jay Lobwein

  8 Tommy Holland

  9 James Redman

 10 Elliot Liku

 11 Elliott Holton

 17 Chris Barratt (Captain)

 13 Jono Milizewski

Subs (All Used)

 14 Elliot Norman

 18 Alex Beddows

 19 Trae O’Sullivan

 20 Jack Morrison

Bears man of the match was Prop Tommy Holland.

Cougar's man of the match was Winger Hamish Barnes.

Next week the Bears travel to Toulouse Olympique in the League One season opener. Preview to follow this week.  


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