By Brian Dick, Coventry Telegraph.
October 9 2012
COVENTRY’S second string Nighthawks failed to take flight on a predictably disjointed first outing of the season.
The side, made up of fringe first team players and several academy products, rarely troubled the Midas men from Stourbridge who built an early cushion.
In the end there was late drama as the local rivals swapped converted tries but it was Stour’s Kyle Garner whose 80th minute score proved decisive and handed his side a 21-14 victory.
Cov’s only tries came from centre Callum MacBurnie and wing Aaron Takarangi but even those highlights had an element of fortune about them and, a few decent individual performances aside, it was an entirely forgettable occasion. When Cov did have chances in advanced positions their set-piece invariably misfired or their handling let them down, which meant all the visitors had to do was kick their penalties and score a couple of mauled tries.
Stour’s full back Sam Baker landed three first half goals and when Stefan Cooksammy rode a driven lineout all the way to the line early in the second half they looked clear.
To be fair to Cov they dug in and when, in the 53rd minute, Stour lost possession in their own 22 MacBurnie hacked through and accepted a kind bounce to touch down under the sticks. Lee Chapman’s conversion halved the deficit.
Stourbridge bounced back and spent ten minutes in the Coventry 22 and instead of kicking any of their several penalties to the posts, they repeatedly went for the corner.
Cov disrupted well, even though Tom Poole was yellow carded for pulling down a maul, and a good scramble defence extricated the hosts.
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