Noth­ing phases Maisey’s fi­nal kick

The Rugby Paper - - National League 1 - ■ By JOHN WILKIN­SON

FLY-HALF Will Maisey kicked a stop­page time penalty to edge Coven­try to their sixth straight win in a nervy fin­ish at Butts Park Arena.

The visi­tors went in front af­ter just two min­utes, tak­ing ad­van­tage of some weak home de­fence to put Chris Smith over for a try which Ge­orge Cullen con­verted.

Cov replied with a James Stokes try af­ter a su­perb break by Sam Tuitupou, but al­most im­me­di­ately Cullen kicked a penalty for 10-5 to the visi­tors.

Tuitupou pounced for an op­por­tunist try, con­verted by Maisey, but the visi­tors re­took through Cullen’s boot.

Cov were back in front two min­utes later, a Stokes break lead­ing to a try for An­thony Ma­toto which Maisey con­verted from wide out.

But af­ter a lengthy stop­page fol­low­ing an in­jury to Pete White, Cullen’s third penalty closed out the half at 1916 to the hosts.

A Rory Banks try re­stored the Stort­ford ad­van­tage be­fore an ex­change of penal­ties be­tween Maisey and Cullen left the visi­tors two points to the good deep inside the fi­nal quar­ter, but Stokes raced in for his sec­ond try to put Cov back on top at 27-24.

Cullen tied the scores with his fifth penalty but Maisey landed the de­cid­ing kick to win the game.

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