Coventry outguns brave OAs
Coventry never really broke stride as they cantered to a purposeful victory over an Albanian side which, in crucial stages, was pretty much outgunned. In true gentlemanly fashion the Cov faithful paid tribute to the way the visitors stuck to their guns particularly when losing Tadgh McElroy and Andrew Christie to injury in the first half hour.
On the back foot from the off Albanians conceded 26 points in each half and it was into the final quarter before Ross Parsons registered the Woollams interest with a well taken try after a concerted attack on the left.
Truth to tell Coventry had too much in the locker in attack and defence to be over troubled by the efforts of Ross Hamilton’s men who certainly gave their all in adversity. With little coming from scrum or lineout as the match wore on Albanians were reduced in large part to ferocious defence which can be expected to leak points when the angle of attack changes as rapidly as it did at the Butts Park arena.
Credit where it’s due, Coventry took their opportunities with speed and precision and it must now be admitted they are serious contenders for the Championship at the end of the season.
At the nether end of the table Albanians are ten points behind Loughborough whilst Rosslyn Park and Hull Ionians each have a game in hand. OAs must look to next week’s fixture against the latter club to start recovery.
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Head Coach Gavin Hogg and his management team have a ticklish problem to face in this first match of the New Year against unbeaten Coventry: they may have to travel north with a team very similar to the one which took the field against Ampthill! It will take plenty of effort to ensure this lack of manpower changes (so unlike any other week of this season!) will not unsettle an Albanian side used to starting an outing with a welcoming ceremony for those players who have not yet been introduced to their peers!
It is possible this novel development may allow consistency to trickle down into the playing structure which, though it will certainly confuse spectators, should give the possibility of accumulating more League points in order to drive the club to safer climes in National One!
At the last time of asking Albanians got painfully close to beating the leaders and, though one can never predict any result in this marvellous league, Cov will not have forgotten how narrow their victory was at Woollams last September. For this reason alone warning signs should now be flashing. The Midlanders can be expected to start with a ‘bang’ to try to ensure a sufficient cushion develops between themselves and those who gave them such a fright four months ago.
Albanians need not worry about this match since it could be said they have nothing to lose, playing against this most fancied of sides. Well there is plenty to lose, the foremost of which is self respect and no player will take the field at Butts Park without optimism and firm belief in the art of the possible.
Bearing this in mind the worst we can expect is a cracking game! The best…? Well, anything’s possible!
Happy New Year!
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