Hersham boys, Hersham boys Lace up boots and corduroys Hersham boys, Hersham boys They call us the Cockney cowboys
Sham 69 – Hersham Boys
As I start writing this post both the official Coventry Rugby website and the unofficial Messageboard are down.
Unlike myself, as I’m quite upbeat…
Whilst I imagine both are undergoing some sort of update at the moment, it is frustrating not to be able to access reports of the game or, more interestingly, the usual weekly report from one of the coaches regarding Saturday’s performance against Hartpury. They are always of interest but this week’s will be particularly so. (nb – the website is back up and the match report and coach’s comments are there to be read. Many thanks, again, to JW for keeping us so well informed. Last season had the website been unavailable for a couple of days I don’t think too many people would have worried, or possibly even noticed – just shows how much better the communication is these days). Continue reading “Is there enough depth to the current squad, possible recruitment and those Hersham Boys…?”→
Hard to be sure Sometimes I feel so insecure And love so distant and obscure Remains the cure
All by myself Don’t wanna be, all by myself anymore
Eric Carmen – All By Myself
According to The Rugby Paper, there were 677 at College Stadium (really?), Hartpury, to watch Saturday’s National 1 game against Coventry.
Now I’m not great at guestimating numbers, but I would imagine almost a third of those present were Coventry supporters.
Given yesterday’s gate was 384, yes 384, up on their average gate for the season (according to Statbunker), then I’m probably erring on the side of caution.
And it’s worth just stopping to contemplate the significance of that for a moment. Hartpury have an average attendance of 293 (not including yesterday’s), with a season’s high of 500 prior to our visit, to watch a team running away with the league, playing some fantastic rugby in the process and with several players who are clearly destined for bigger and better things.
5 games unbeaten, supporters talking about the remainder of the season with increasing confidence, performances improving significantly over the last few games…
…and then along comes Hartpury College.
And with Hartpury, along comes the reality check.
However good we are and, in terms of National 1, I saw nothing in the game to make me believe we are anything but a top 3 or 4 side at the moment, we have a long journey ahead of us if we are to reach the levels that Hartpury achieved out on the pitch yesterday.
And not just reached…maintained for the duration.
We must aspire to reach those levels – (and well done to Covkid for saying as much…). We’ve heard talk several times over the course of the season about producing an 80 minute performance. Well, yesterday we certainly saw one.
Sadly not from us though.
To bastardise Pierre Bosquet’s infamous quote:
C’est magnifique, mais ce n’est pas Le National 1….
Before we get too despondent, having watched a pretty decent percentage of Coventry games both home and away in the last 6 years since we dropped into National 1, I don’t think any of the promoted sides during that period have been as strong or as clinical as Hartpury College have been since September… Continue reading “C’est magnifique, mais ce n’est pas Le National 1….”→
After a couple of weeks away and having missed what appears to have been two very decent Cov performances since the Christmas break, I’m really not sure what to expect this afternoon.
We’re all very aware of Hartpury’s unbeaten run and any team that’s won 18 games on the trot must be clear favourites, either home or away, and with Coventry only managing two wins and a draw from their travels so far this season, well on paper it looks a pretty uneven contest.