Hodgson’s kicks condemn Hawks to their fifth consecutive defeat
COVENTRY fullback Cliffie Hodgson kicked six penalties to send the Hawks to their fifth successive defeat at Dry Leas on Saturday.
The hosts conceded 12 penalties to three in the first quarter of the game. Although Hodgson only had the opportunity to convert three of these into points to give his side a nine point lead during this period, the Hawks’ indiscipline was crucial against a team in the top six of the league.
This poor start to the game by Henley reflected in a disorganised approach to the game in general. They were fortunate that Coventry were not able to take advantage of their resultant dominance and they failed to take the most of scoring opportunities as a result of unforced errors.
The Hawks again suffered from an inability to win ball on their own throw-in the line-outs and during this early period were under pressure in the set scrums losing one put-in against the head.
As the game moved into the second quarter they began to earn some decent possession and for the first time moved into the Coventry half. They kicked to gain territorial position and began to test the Coventry defence with the ball in hand. Their attacking play was based on their traditional use of moving the ball wide but there was little sign of breaking the Coventry defence in the centre.