NORTH WALES CRUSADERS made it three wins from their last three games with a 36-12 victory over Coventry Bears.
Entering the game on the back of victories over Hemel Stags and West Wales Raiders respectively, Anthony Murray’s side saw off a spirited Coventry side at the Butts Park Arena to extend their winning streak to three games.
The visitors started brightly as their defensive pressure forced Coventry into spilling a kick on the last tackle earning Crusaders a repeat set.
Making use of their good field position, the Welsh side opened the scoring with seven minutes on the clock. As the ball was shifted out wide, Earl Hurst spotted a gap in the Bears’ defence which he ran through to score.
However, Crusaders weren’t having it all their own way. Back-to-back errors from the visitors allowed Coventry repeat sets. However, the Bears failed to make their position count as they were taken into touch before the ball could be grounded.
Rewarded for their efforts in defence, Crusaders doubled their advantage. As Kenny Baker broke the line, he found Ryan Smith with an offload who in turn found Karl Ashall who crossed beneath the posts.
The Bears looked to respond immediately as a Ben Stead grubber kick caused problems for the Crusaders defence who eventually gathered the lose ball, keeping their clean sheet in tact.
With 25 minutes gone, Murray’s side further extended their lead. After gathering a high-kick from Ashall, Alex Trumper did well to keep the ball alive on the last before finding Baker who glided over the whitewash.
Despite having several opportunities in the Coventry half, Crusaders failed to add to their advantage before the break as the Bears held strong in defence.
On the back of errors from Crusaders, the Bears opened the second-half scoring through Reece Rance who broke from inside his own half before outpacing the defence to cross the line.
Crusaders responded almost immediately as a quick play of the ball fooled the Coventry defence leaving Aaron Moore to dart through a gap to score.
Minutes later the visitors added another. A fantastic move saw the ball shift through several hands ending up with Gavin Conroy who scored in the corner.
The Welsh outfit then crossed for their third in as many minutes. After Dan Norman made good yards, Moore sent Baker through the Coventry defence to score.
Following a period in defence, Crusaders ran in their seventh of the afternoon. Moore continued to cause problems for the Coventry defence as he sent a pass out wide to Dale Bloomfield who crossed in the corner.
With four minutes remaining, the hosts grabbed a consolation try. Having kept the ball alive on the last, Jason Bass powerd his way over in the corner.
However, it was too late for the Bears to mount a comeback as Crusaders returned to Wrexham with the two points.