Match talk

Sittin’ in the mornin’ sun…

I’ll be sittin’ when the evening comes
Watching the ships roll in
Then I watch them roll away again, yeah

I’m sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Watchin’ the tide roll away, ooh
I’m just sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Wastin’ time

Well, the bay really is San Fran…the dock is actually  Pier 27 and the ‘wastin” time, well waiting for the boat to set  sail in a couple of hours to Monterey is hardly wasting time, but you kind of get the point. And just to continue in the analogy, the lifts on the boat are all made by Otis and I’ve stayed in Reading several times…

A good day, all-in-all. It’s far too early to tell if the win came at a cost as far as injuries are concerned, but five points to start off the campaign is exactly what was needed and looking at the results today, we should be in second place behind Rosslyn Park who put 62 points past newly promoted Henley. Plymouth, relegated from the Championship last season, beat Richmond, although not convincingly, failing to gain a bonus point. Interestingly, Hull beat Hartpury in what was, for me, the surprise result of the weekend. Scott Morgan wanted his team to hit the ground running and that is precisely what they did and, indeed, Cov had the bonus point wrapped up with only 25 minutes of the first half gone. The fact that we struggled to make that sort of early dominance really tell during the remainder of the match is probably more about being a little ring rusty so early in the season than it is about lacking fitness or the killer instinct needed to finish a team off in the way that Park did against the Hawks. Early days. Never peak too early…

The injuries might be a concern with Hough off and Tincknell iced up at the end, together with Hamilton receiving a nasty blow. Fortunately, there is real depth now in the squad but already this is being tested. However, with Jacques Le Roux back playing for Broadstreet, I guess as soon as one door shuts for one player…

Dom Lespierre was yellow carded against Wharfedale, along with Sam Pailor

Dom Lespierre was yellow carded against Wharfedale, along with Sam Pailor

Loughborough will be smarting from losing away to Fylde in the closest of games, so they will be even keener to get something from their game against us next week. They are never an easy side to pay against, especially away from the Butts (I think they have an artificial pitch now) and Cov will have to ensure they are defensively smarter than they were against Wharfedale for  long periods of the second half. Two yellow cards are a concern; discipline must be worked on – teams like Rosslyn Parkand Plymouth will take full advantage of the situation should they be gifted the extra man by an over generous Cov team.

DSC_0261Still, a brace of tries for both Knox and Tincknell suggests that the desire to attack that was often prevalent last season looks set to continue, which is great news for the Coventry faithful! Congratulations to James and Devlin Hope for scoring their maiden league points in a Cov shirt…

…and talking of shirts, the jury’s still out as far as I’m concerned. Last year’s was the best for sometime, but there’s something not quite so aesthetically pleasing with this one…it’s either the lack of any colour on the sleeves or the lack of the red trim. However, my wardrobe is full of shirts that have no aesthetic appeal (especially the one with flying ducks on it) so I’ll let others better qualified decide on that and say no more on the subject.

I was wrong about the attendance. I was convinced that the pre-season results and general level of optimism around the club at the moment would see a 1600+ crowd, but 1259 seems low to me, even given England were beating Ireland at the same time. Fingers crossed, a win away against Loughborough could see more through the turnstiles in the same way that a run of good results did last season. Still, disappointing really (and here’s me writing this several thousand miles away from Cov – pot, kettle and black methinks).

It will be interested to see how the win is viewed by Scott Morgan. I expect he’ll be pleased that the five points are in the bag,  but there are always improvements to be made. Job done, I guess…but not necessarily a job entirely well done. Against Welsh, Morgan was critical of a lack of concentration and of a loss of focus. Cov appeared to do this again against Wharfedale and I am sure he’ll have a few choice words to say about it behind closed doors. But take nothing away from the team…a great win and one that will set them up well for a tough game next week.

A big thank you to Sam who did a sterling job tweeting the scores and taking photos as well.

Sittin’ here resting my bones
And this loneliness won’t leave me alone, listen
Five thousand miles I roam
Just to make this dock my home, now

I’m just gon’ sit at the dock of a bay
Watchin’ the tide roll away, ooh
Sittin’ on the dock of the bay
Wastin’ time… until next Saturday

2 replies »

  1. Hi Paul…having a great time thanks, but suffering withdrawal symptoms re:Cov! Cov seem to suffer more than most from the vaguaries of the referees whistle and I’m sure there will be a few more comments similar to those you’ve expressed above during the course of the season! But I am unashamedly biaised!
    When I say Would love a return to the simple blue and white hoops of yesteryear!

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  2. Hope you are still having a fantastic time. Was at Saturday’s game and what is generally not mentioned are the things that were being perpetrated away from the ball. I have have always stood by the axiom, you cannot have a game without a referee, I think once again the BPA was used as a referee training exercise . Suffice to say this officiating team missed a lot.
    As regards your comment on the new shirts, I also think the jury is still out. Perhaps for next year the designer should remember that Cov’s nickname is the BLUE and whites, rather than an over emphasis on a preponderance for white. I long for the day of the return of the classic Cov shirt.

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