Match Report – Skolars vs Bears

4th May 2021

LONDON SKOLARS 22

COVENTRY BEARS 28

Skolars suffered a narrow loss in their final pre-season friendly, with fellow BetFred League 1 side Coventry Bears holding on for victory after Skolars had pulled back an early deficit.

Coventry opened the scoring after Reece Rance took advantage of a Skolars’ error from a high kick. They scored a second after Dan Coates and Matt Welham combined in a break to put Skolars onto the backfoot, before moving the ball to the right. With an overlap Charles Hammond had go for an intercept to stop a try, but he couldn’t gather the ball clealy and Jack Dawson picked up the loose ball to score.

Skolars had to defend again after they gave away a penalty for offside at the kick-off and they went further behind when. Kieran Sherratt scored the Bears’ third try. Skolars got back into the game with two tries late in the first half. First Mike Greenhalgh raced onto a Neil Thorman kick that bounced awkwardly for the defence. Four minutes later Omari Caro intercepted a pass ten metres from his own line before racing downfield leaving Skolars 10-18 behind at half-time.

Coventry extended their lead.when Haydn Freeman took a Dan Coates kick a kick to the left. However, a Coventry error in their own half allowed Skolars to attack and Lamont Bryan powered over from two metres out. A Jacob Thomas break was continued by Iliess Macani to set up an attacking position for the home side, Phil Lyon following up his grubber kick to score with Neil Thorman converting to level the scores.

Skolars were the strongest team at that point but a sidestep by Jordan Paga found enough of gap in the defence to touchdown with Coates adding his fourth conversion of the afternoon. That gave Coventry a six point lead and Skolars couldn’t find a way through the defence in the final stages.

LONDON SKOLARS

1 Iliess Macani

2 Omari Caro

3 Jonah Varela

4 Kam Peace-Paul

5 Charles Hammond

6 Phil Hammond

7 Jacob Thomas

8 Christian Gale

9 Tom Firth

10 Eddie Mbaraga

11 Adam Vranos

12 Mike Greenhalgh

13 Rob Oakley

Subs (all used)

14 Louis Singleton

15 Michael Sykes

16 Neil Thorman

17 James Tyas

18 Errol Carter

19 Marcus Hockey

20 Josh Dalton

21 Lameck Juma

22 Lamont Bryan

Tries: M Greenhalgh (31), Caro (33), Bryan (58), Lyon (63)

Goals: Thorman 3/4

COVENTRY BEARS

1 Nathan Hill

2 Reece Rance

3 Jack Dawson

4 Matt Welham

5 Hayden Freeman

6 Jordan Paga

7 Dan Coates

8 Peter Ryan

9 Chris Collimore

10 Josh Dunne

11 Jed Charlton

12 Elliott Townsend

13 Kieran Sherratt

Subs (all used)

14 Dan Bedford

15 Delanie Bedward

16 Brad Sheridan

17 Douglas Chirnside

18 Morgan Dawes

19 Kadeem William

20 Harry Kaufman

21 Darius Hamilton

Tries: Rance (5), Dawson (19), Sherratt (27), Freeman (55), Paga (67)

Goals: Coates 4/5

Penalty count: 5-6

Half-time: 10-18

Referee: Cameron Worsley

SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-6, 0-12, 0-18, 6-18, 10-18; 10-22; 16-22, 22-22, 22-2


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