By John Wilkinson, Coventry Telegraph.
October 29 2012
COVENTRY felt a real sense of injustice as, for the second week running, they were undone by a score deep into stoppage time.
And although they perhaps had only themselves to blame for being in that position, it is impossible not to feel sympathy after a closely-fought game where the rub seemed to go squarely with the home side.
Without openly saying so, Cov must have been seething at the performance of referee Terry Hall, who at times in the second half resembled a windmill, waving his arms in the air as the ball bobbed from side to side.
Fylde’s first try should never have been allowed, coming from a quick line-out where the throw clearly failed to travel the required five-metres but, as with a string of early forward passes, was missed by the officials who had no microphone contact.
It did not get any better as Cov, clearly on top up front in the first half, suddenly found the penalties going against them in the later stages of the game when there was no distinct change in what was happening at the scrum.
And the tipping point came five minutes from the end of normal time when Luke Myring, who had won two or three turnovers for Cov in the same way during the game, was yellow carded for contesting possession, on his feet, at the tackle area inside his own 22.
For the time remaining, Cov were under siege and when Fylde rejected an equalising kick in front of the posts and ran the ball, the extra man told as prop Danny Birchall squeezed over with the final whistle blown immediately after the failed conversion attempt.
It was a most frustrating end for Cov, who appeared to have done enough when a Cliffie Hodgson penalty early in the final quarter pushed them in front for the second time in the game, but on reflection they will agree that they let too many chances slip by.
The first came and went in the opening minutes when, after a line-out drive, Cov failed to get over from a penalty into the left corner, and they were made to pay when they were then turned over midway inside the home half and Oliver Viney chased down a kick ahead to score, Chris Johnson converting.
Hodgson opened Cov’s account with a penalty before converting when Greg Evans linked with Heath Stevens to send the supporting Ben Toft in for an excellent try on the left. Cov’s lead lasted three minutes, Viney claiming his second try with Johnson converting before adding a penalty for 17-10.
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