By John Wilkinson, Coventry Telegraph.
December 11 2012
COVENTRY came up short again in the second half as Blaydon extended their winning run in National League One to eight games.Taking an 8-3 lead into the break, Cov were well set to push on after a closely contested opening period in which neither side was able to dominate.
But it became an all too familiar story as they were made to pay for a yellow card midway through the third quarter and, behind for the first time, lost the edge to their game as the error count crept up in their attempts to get back on terms.
There was no shortage of effort, but Cov’s attacking threat diminished as the game went on against a well-organised Blaydon side playing with the confidence of a winning run behind them.
And in the end Cov were left with nothing to show for it all when Blaydon’s second try in stoppage time deprived them of even a losing bonus point, which their efforts probably deserved.
Cov’s points all came when Blaydon were a man short, the visitors picking up two yellows in the first half, but it was the third one that proved the tipping point and, in the end, Cov again paid the price for making too many errors in threatening areas and for kicking too much hard-earned possession back to the opposition.
There was little of note in the opening quarter as the two sides cancelled each other out, but the arrival of Lewis Barker on 24 minutes, after an injury to scrum-half Nathan Jones, seemed to bring a sense of urgency to Cov’s play.