THE finish to Saturday’s game against Birmingham Moseley was just as nerve-wracking for Coventry’s coaches as it was for their fans – although Brendan Burke admitted that it was also a gripping experience from the sidelines.
“It was very exciting for everyone, and it showed the character of the lads,” said the backs coach after Cov’s 26-23 win.
“A few weeks ago we probably wouldn’t have come back after that purple patch they had to take the lead, but the lads really fronted up and came back which was great to see.
“Some parts of the game we did really well. At the start we played well to get a nice try and a good lead, but unfortunately we just made some stupid mistakes and compounded that by making more which then led to a try for them just before half-time.
“That’s always a bad time to give away a try, and if we’d looked after ourselves a bit better I think we could have had a couple more scores in that first half and a bigger lead.
“Perhaps we did lose concentration to let them in for their second try, it’s something we seem to do and need to look at, but luckily enough the lads came back strongly from it.
“The crowd was fantastic, just unbelievable, and certainly played their part – I don’t think you are going to see that anywhere else in National One, and to get the support we do every second Saturday is just great.”
Competition for places in the back division is strong which, says Burke, makes selection difficult for each game.
“It’s horses for courses – each lad brings something different to the team and this week we went for the back line which we thought would do the job,” he said.
“Next time we could change it again and come at it from a different angle, we’ve got such a variation of back players that we can chop and change.
“They put pressure on each other, and it’s great that we can bring Will Maisey off the bench to kick the winning points – he was disappointed he wasn’t starting this week and he’s done everything we’ve asked of him through the season. He’s biting at the heels of Tony Fenner to get a start and it’s very, very close between them.
“We’ve got two weeks off from playing now so the lads can re-energise and come back pretty fresh. It will do them good to get away from it and spend time with their families.
“We’ll put Moseley to the back of our minds now and concentrate on the next test at Macclesfield.”