A much-changed Ampthill traveled to the Butts Arena to play a Coventry side on the new 4G pitch.
The warning signs were apparent after a poor first half, when the A’s backline appeared unable to make any tackles stick and A’s possession was seemingly turned at will by a well-drilled and efficient Coventry side.
Turning round 24 v 7 down, the less said about the second half the better in what turned out to be the worst performance of the season against a strong and physical home side. Some of the defending was schoolboy level and a number of the A’s players will have to take a long hard look at themselves.
The final score was a fair reflection of a dominant home performance but you can recognise the efforts of the A’s bench which certainly lifted the mood and helped secure a four-try bonus point.
Head Coach Paul Turner said.
“We gave a lot of players the opportunity to secure a place in the side and a number of them haven’t taken that opportunity. I was really disappointed with our lack of defensive application and our attitude was very poor on the day.
If we play like that against the holders Ealing at home next week it could very well be a cricket score so we will be looking for those selected to give us a response.”
Thanks to Iain Frankish, Actuance Photography for images