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Maisey holds his nerve to steer Cov to top spot; COVENTRY 30 BISHOPS STORT' 27.

FLY-HALF Will Maisey kicked a stoppage time penalty to edge Coventry to a sixth straight win and top spot in National League One in a nervy finish at Butts Park Arena.

Stortford went in front after just two minutes, taking advantage of some weak home defence to put Chris Smith over in the right corner for a try which George Cullen converted.

Cov replied three minutes later, a superb break by Sam Tuitupou setting up an unconverted try for James Stokes, but Cullen kicked a penalty for 10-5 to the visitors.

Tuitupou pounced for an opportunist try, converted by Will Maisey, but Stortford hit back through a second Cullen penalty on 22 minutes Cov were back in front two minutes later, a Stokes break leading to a try for Anthony Matoto which Maisey converted from wide out, but Cullen's third penalty closed out the half at 19-16 to Cov.

A Rory Banks try restored the advantage to the visitors before an exchange of penalties between Maisey and Cullen left the visitors two points to the good but Stokes raced in for his second try to put Cov back on top at 27-24.

Cullen promptly tied the scores with his fifth penalty, but Maisey landed the deciding kick for a scrum offence.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Oct 8, 2017
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