WINGER Kwaku Asiedu claimed a hat-trick of tries as Coventry Development opened their Zoo Sports Shield account in some style.
A 65-metre interception try saw Cov go 7-0 down inside five minutes, but although it took half an hour for them to get their noses in front, the home side were the dominant force throughout with some eye-catching play.
Cov controlled possession after their early setback, and it was a surprise that it took until the 19th minute for them to get any reward – prop Luc Jeannot going over from a line-out in the left corner and Max Titchener adding a fine conversion.
Two tries in as many minutes midway through the second quarter put Cov firmly in charge, the forwards driving over for skipper Matt Price to touch down before Joe Lane carved his way through from inside his own half for a superb score, Titchener convetring both.
Asiedu and Lane crossed for two more tries before half-time, both converted for a 35-7 lead, and Cov’s dominant scrum set up a second for Asiedu who applied a clinical finish with Titchener again on target to continue a fine afternoon with the boot.
Blackheath pulled one back on 54 minutes, but Asiedu completed his hat-trick as Cov moved the ball swiftly from their own 22 before Mike Ryan brought up the half century with a surging run, outstripping the Blackheath cover from outside the 22.
The visitors had the final say with a third try in added-on time, but by then it was much too late.
The game was refereed by Harvey Knight, who is one of 18 lads to come through the Warwickshire Society’s Young Whistlers scheme over the six years it has been running and move into the senior game.