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Skolars edge the victory

COVENTRY BEARS 28 LONDON SKOLARS 30  MIKE HYDE   Butts Park Arena, Coventry,Good Friday,  Photography by Dave Jessop    The scoreline shows how tight this was but cannot show the drama, the comebacks, the controversy and the final heartbreak endured by Bears fans as the Skolars’ final conversion went in off the post in the last minute.    Skolars had kicked off on a gloriously sunny afternoon where every tackle resulted in a cloud of dust. After the Bears first set, they were in possession and very soon pressing the home side hard on their line.    Having come close, it was Joe Brown who opened the scoring, and Neil Thorman added his first conversion of the game.    The Bears tried to claw themselves back into the game and both sides played some entertaining and attacking Rugby before a flowing move and a powerful finish by Jordan Williams extended the Skolars lead, and another successful conversion made it 0-12.  The Bears needed to score and the home fans thought they had done so, as did the Bears players celebrating on the field, even the referee seemed to think so at first but a consultation with the linesman saw no try given.  Minutes later the same happened again and iit felt like this was not going to be the Bears’ day  Finally the pressure brought a try, courtesy of Toby Richardson from close quarters. Nick Newman’s conversion followed to bring the home side back into the game.  Then, just before half time, Sam Davis’s try and Newman’s second conversion brought the Bears level at half time, so all was to play for in the second half.  The Bears were in the ascendency as play restarted, but the game between two very evenly matched sides then turned rather scrappy, with dropped balls and errors from both sides as much on display as good lay-offs and a variety of tactics.  Half way through the half the lead was retaken by the London side as LilessMacani crashed over on the right. Thorman’s kick failed to add the two extra points, but they came Skolars way a couple of minutes later thanks to a penalty kick.  A twelve point margin was restored when Jordan Wlliams weaved over the line for a converted try.  Once again the Bears had to fight back, and they did.  A brace of tries by Elliot Hall were converted by the in-form Newman, and the two sides were equal, setting up an exciting finish.  Then with two minutes to go, Hayden Freeman seized on a grubber kick to put the Bears in the lead for the first time, but the difficult conversion was missed.Having trailed by twelve points twice, it looked like the only scoreline that really matters, the one at 80 minutes, would belong to the Bears.  But the Skolars heads did not go down, and LameckJuma pulled the away side level in the very last minute; 28-28.  All now rested on Thorman’s conversion, on the left side. The ball went spinning into the air, this looked close, very close. It hit the post, then cruelly fell over the crossbar, leaving the Skolarsexstatic, and the Bears devastated.  Time now to lick wounds and regroup before the next home game, which may or may not be at the BPA due to ground maintenance. See the website and social media for updates.  Quote from Tom Tsang:    It's always tough to lose in this way, and a lot of focus will be put on the end of the match. But it was our poor start to each half that really cost us the game. We made too many errors forcing passes which let Skolars off the hook, when we were in good field position.  I have to praise the enthusiasm and character of my side though. To come from behind twice and take the lead towards the end of the match shows improvement from previous performances.  This league is proving to be very unpredictable, with all teams beating each other. We know we are very close and now look forward to having a consistent schedule with weekly games and hope to build momentum over the second half of the year.      MATCHFACTS  BEARS   1 Elliott Hall   2 Hayden Freeman   3KadeemWillams  4Kam Pearce-Paul   5 Errol Carter   6 Mitch Shaw   7 Nick Newman   8Peter Ryan  9 Nathan Conroy  10Lewis Taylor  11Jacob Jones  12 Chris Barratt  13 Kieran Sherratt    Subs (all used)  14 Sam Davis  15 Toby Richardson  16Harry Kaufman  17Cameron Stewart    Tries: Richardson (21), Davis (38), Hall (69,75), Freeman(78)  Goals: Newman 4/5     SKOLARS     1 Joe Brown   2 LilessMacani   4Omari Caro  3Craig Mullen    5 LumeckJuma  6James Barran  14 Richard Wilkinson  10 Malakhi Lloyd-Jones   9 Neil Thorman  20 Matthew Ross  11 Jordan Williams  12 Lamont Bryan   7 Michael Bishay  Subs (all used)  13 Liam Scott  16 Jonathan Magrin  15 Rinaldo Palumbo  22 Robert Tullato     Tries: Brown (2), Williams(18,61), Macani (53),Juma (79)  Goals: Thorman5/6  Penalty count: 15-8  Half-time: 12-12  Referee: Mr Race   Attendance: 353  SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-6,0-12,6-12,12-12; 12-18,12-24,18-24,24-24,28-24,28-30


COVENTRY BEARS 28 LONDON SKOLARS 30

MIKE HYDE

Butts Park Arena, Coventry,Good Friday,

Photography by Dave Jessop  

The scoreline shows how tight this was but cannot show the drama, the comebacks, the controversy and the final heartbreak endured by Bears fans as the Skolars’ final conversion went in off the post in the last minute.

Skolars had kicked off on a gloriously sunny afternoon where every tackle resulted in a cloud of dust. After the Bears first set, they were in possession and very soon pressing the home side hard on their line.

Having come close, it was Joe Brown who opened the scoring, and Neil Thorman added his first conversion of the game.

The Bears tried to claw themselves back into the game and both sides played some entertaining and attacking Rugby before a flowing move and a powerful finish by Jordan Williams extended the Skolars lead, and another successful conversion made it 0-12.

The Bears needed to score and the home fans thought they had done so, as did the Bears players celebrating on the field, even the referee seemed to think so at first but a consultation with the linesman saw no try given.

Minutes later the same happened again and iit felt like this was not going to be the Bears’ day

Finally the pressure brought a try, courtesy of Toby Richardson from close quarters. Nick Newman’s conversion followed to bring the home side back into the game.

Then, just before half time, Sam Davis’s try and Newman’s second conversion brought the Bears level at half time, so all was to play for in the second half.

The Bears were in the ascendency as play restarted, but the game between two very evenly matched sides then turned rather scrappy, with dropped balls and errors from both sides as much on display as good lay-offs and a variety of tactics.

Half way through the half the lead was retaken by the London side as LilessMacani crashed over on the right. Thorman’s kick failed to add the two extra points, but they came Skolars way a couple of minutes later thanks to a penalty kick.

A twelve point margin was restored when Jordan Wlliams weaved over the line for a converted try.

Once again the Bears had to fight back, and they did.

A brace of tries by Elliot Hall were converted by the in-form Newman, and the two sides were equal, setting up an exciting finish.

Then with two minutes to go, Hayden Freeman seized on a grubber kick to put the Bears in the lead for the first time, but the difficult conversion was missed.Having trailed by twelve points twice, it looked like the only scoreline that really matters, the one at 80 minutes, would belong to the Bears.

But the Skolars heads did not go down, and LameckJuma pulled the away side level in the very last minute; 28-28.

All now rested on Thorman’s conversion, on the left side. The ball went spinning into the air, this looked close, very close. It hit the post, then cruelly fell over the crossbar, leaving the Skolarsexstatic, and the Bears devastated.

Time now to lick wounds and regroup before the next home game, which may or may not be at the BPA due to ground maintenance. See the website and social media for updates.

Quote from Tom Tsang:  

It's always tough to lose in this way, and a lot of focus will be put on the end of the match. But it was our poor start to each half that really cost us the game. We made too many errors forcing passes which let Skolars off the hook, when we were in good field position.

I have to praise the enthusiasm and character of my side though. To come from behind twice and take the lead towards the end of the match shows improvement from previous performances.

This league is proving to be very unpredictable, with all teams beating each other. We know we are very close and now look forward to having a consistent schedule with weekly games and hope to build momentum over the second half of the year.

 

MATCHFACTS

BEARS

1 Elliott Hall

2 Hayden Freeman

3KadeemWillams

4Kam Pearce-Paul

5 Errol Carter

6 Mitch Shaw

7 Nick Newman

8Peter Ryan

9 Nathan Conroy

10Lewis Taylor

11Jacob Jones

12 Chris Barratt

13 Kieran Sherratt

Subs (all used)

14 Sam Davis

15 Toby Richardson

16Harry Kaufman

17Cameron Stewart

Tries: Richardson (21), Davis (38), Hall (69,75), Freeman(78)

Goals: Newman 4/5


SKOLARS

1 Joe Brown

2 LilessMacani

4Omari Caro

3Craig Mullen

5 LumeckJuma

6James Barran

14 Richard Wilkinson

10 Malakhi Lloyd-Jones

9 Neil Thorman

20 Matthew Ross

11 Jordan Williams

12 Lamont Bryan

7 Michael Bishay

Subs (all used)

13 Liam Scott

16 Jonathan Magrin

15 Rinaldo Palumbo

22 Robert Tullato


Tries: Brown (2), Williams(18,61), Macani (53),Juma (79)

Goals: Thorman5/6

Penalty count: 15-8

Half-time: 12-12

Referee: Mr Race 

Attendance: 353

SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-6,0-12,6-12,12-12; 12-18,12-24,18-24,24-24,28-24,28-30

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