Struggling Hill suffer third defeat in three
UNADVENTUROUS tactics are taking their toll on Coney Hill's survival bid this season as they remain firmly rooted to the bottom of the table following their third loss from three.
The Gloucester outfit are still minus five points in Tribute South West One West after league officials penalised them for failing to field a team for a fixture last season.
They were riding high following cup glory over Old Centralians in April.
But the taste of victory is fast becoming a distant memory as they try to move on from their latest debacle – a 34-5 demolition by Weston Hornets at Metz Way.
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It could become very lonely at the bottom for Leon Liggett's legion, whose short and narrow game plan was swiftly dismantled on Saturday.
Complaints were made at the scrum as it seemed the Hornets were hassling Coney Hill's front row by binding early.
But while it was admittedly a nuisance early on, the home side had little or no comeback over the full 80 and can only accept, if they are honest, that they simply couldn't handle the shove.
Liggett is confident his team can turn round their early slump however.
Following his side's slow start, he said: "We needed to look after the ball a bit more.
"When we did some really good work we would lose the ball in the tackle and it cost us.
"Hopefully we can pick up a win soon, if not for our league position, for our morale at least."
The Hornets took a 10-point lead through an early drive from prop Alec Chase, bookended by a penalty and conversion from full-back Max Gaulton.
Gaulton gratefully added another three points from 30 metres and, while the Hornets continued to pile on the pressure, their opposition had little more than limp clearances in response as well as a bout of the proverbial aerial ping-pong.
To their credit, Coney Hill's lineout did rise to the occasion at times and it was the continued fast thinking of their scrum-half Craig Holder which eked out a handful of openings from the quick tap.
And it was the quick tap that finally unhinged the Hornets.
Holder fed his captain Andy Macrae as their opponents back-pedalled.
The barrage continued for some time although without a conclusion until a burrowing drive from lock Steven King finally brought some respectability to the score line.
But what hope Coney Hill had was squandered soon after, and in some style.
Jack Gadd, a colossal centre, sold a dummy and then gifted his winger, Charlie Carter, a route to the try line with a delicate backhand pass out of the tackle.
And the 22-year-old giant continued to break the gain-line in the second 40 minutes, teaming up well in midfield with his younger brother Joe Gadd, and teeing him up for the first of a second half brace.
Coney Hill did well to slow the onslaught after flanker Sam Attwooll was binned for straying offside at the breakdown on his own try line.
But, for all the battering and no break-through, they could do with playing some simple heads-up rugby away to Thornbury this Saturday.