Sometimes the river flows but nothing breathes.
A train arrives but never leaves.
It’s a shame…
But it’s then, then that faith arrives
To make you feel at least alive.
And that’s why you should keep on aiming high,
Just seek yourself and you will shine.
M People – Search For The Hero
Thank goodness the waiting is finally over…
For Cov supporters this is the big one…the one we’ve all been waiting for.
Yes, Moseley might have won the game first leg back in September…
…but that was merely the dress rehearsal.
This is the main event. A one-off matinée performance.
The stage is set, the lines have all been learned.
This is the one that really counts, at home, in front of what looks as if it’s going to be a big, big crowd, the vast majority of whom will have come to see a Coventry win.
Interest in the game has been building up steadily over the week, with Coventry’s Twitter feed working overtime to promote the game and generate plenty of comment on social media, including some friendly exchanges between supporters which has been great to follow.
It’s a game that has captured the imagination of plenty of supporters, many of whom will have been absent friends over recent months but for whom the lure of a home fixture against a Moseley side riding high in National 1 is just too great to ignore.
The rod has been cast, the bait taken and the line reeled in. In a few hours time we get to see the catch…and let’s hope it’s a big one this time. On too many occasions in recent months the hook has failed us and we’ve been left with an empty net.
The players will be well aware of the importance of the game to the supporters and they are sure to get a warm reception out on the pitch today, even before the game has begun and they come off the pitch from the warm up. They all know what they have to do, they all know the challenges in front of them this afternoon, it’s just a matter of whether they can perform to the script on the day.
If, and it is a big if, Coventry do perform to their potential and we play as well as we know we can, then with home advantage I don’t think, no matter how well Moseley play, that they’ll beat us.
The problem is, of course, we have yet to see a Coventry performance where we have played to their full potential over the course of 80 minutes.
And if we don’t again today, then it’s a question of how much we allow Moseley to get into the game. We have the scrum and lineout to cause Moseley difficulties and behind the pack the likes of White, Fenner, Stokes, Howe and Trimble have the ability to open up any defence in our league…and with Wheatcroft and Hircock providing the ammunition, Cov need have no fear of Moseley…just respect for them.
Searching for heroes? No need…anyone of the Cov squad has the potential to be a hero today…
At training on Thursday, Coventry looked like they were really in the zone…and if they come out and put pressure on Moseley from the kick off, then looking at Moseley’s result against Hartpury, if they do struggle early on, the could well find there is absolutely no place to hide at the BPA – the crowd will make sure of that.
If we win the toss, I’d opt for the kick off and ask Tony Fenner to stick one up into the clouds and test the Moseley receivers from the start…there will be no shortage of noise as the Coventry players chase the kick, that’s for sure. A fumble and a first scrum in the opening seconds could put Moseley on the back foot from the word go.
And the louder the crowd, the more the players will respond…
Whatever the result, it’s about pride and passion out there this afternoon. And although I do think we have the edge over Moseley at home, there’s not going to be a lot between the teams and for me, the real difference is going to be about which of the two sides wants the win the most. Play as we did against Hartpury or Plymouth and it will be tough for Moseley, but play as we did against Blaydon or Old Albanian and we’ll make it difficult for ourselves.
We have to starting beating the teams above us over the remainder of the season if we are to progress into a team that is capable of making a sustained promotion challenge next season.
What a great fillip it would be if we can gain revenge on Moseley for the loss back in round 2 of the campaign – it would set us up brilliantly for the remaining 14 games after the Christmas break and might well add a couple of hundred to the next home game as well.
There are players, too, who might not have performed as well as they, or the coaches, had hoped up to now who will be anxious to impress before contracts come up for review or renewal…there’s no better way to answer one’s critics than to respond under pressure.
This is a squad that was brought together to begin a journey, a journey which will take the club to the top of this league and into the next. The players who are with us now won’t necessarily be the same ones who see us into the promised land, but they all have their part to play. We have yet to travel any great distance and need a big win, against a top team, to really send us on our way.
We won’t have a better chance of beating a top three side this season than today, with Plymouth and Hartpury both being away from home after Christmas. If we are to make a statement…
then please Cov, make it today…
…in front of a crowd that will be willing the side on and who will undoubtedly drink the bar dry after the game should we win…
Searching for a hero?
Not come 4.50 pm this afternoon.
And hopefully, he’ll be wearing blue and white.
Shut the door, turn up the volume, close your eyes and imagine Cov 5 m out from the Moseley line with the feed and, this time, with a referee who has a bit of bottle…
Heather Small – this is a brilliant performance of a brilliant song…