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Bumper crowd roar Coventry Bears to victory

Coventry Editorial 12th Aug, 2014 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A BUMPER crowd roared the Bears to a six-try victory over Eastmoor and the club’s managing director has welcomed a new fan base on their journey towards professional rugby.

Over 500 supporters watched the Bears secure a comfortable 32-8 win at the Butts Park Arena on Saturday which pushes them up to fifth in the National League Division Three.

But the win will perhaps be more remembered as a taste of things to come for the Bears who will enter the professional ranks for the first time next year and are hoping to attract more supporters through the gate.

“This was a great result for us which was made even better by the fantastic support shown by the crowd.” said Alan Robinson.

“Many supporters stayed to support from the earlier Coventry Rugby game as well as lots of new supporters coming for the first time to check out the Rugby League action.

“The Coventry public seems to be starting to back us on our journey towards bringing professional Rugby League to Coventry in 2015.”

The visiting Dragons took the lead early on when prop Ryan Bowie went over for a try in the ninth minute.

But that lead was short-lived when second row David O’Connor crossed for the home side’s first try of the afternoon on 17 minutes which Stephen Coleman successfully diverted.

The tide began to turn in Coventry’s favour with two converted tries inside the space of five minutes by Chris Dixon who scored his sixth try of the season on 26 minutes and Ryan Jenkins forced his way over the line minutes later.

Despite the visitors replying with their second try the Bears took at an 18 – 8 lead into the break and three unanswered tries by Duncan Barrett and two from winger Liam Scott wrapped up a comfortable win.

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