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MATCH REPORT Wanderers cut loose to crush Coventry

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Hat-tricks came from either wing through Scott Armstrong and Vasily Artemyev, while Alex Wootton and Tom Stephenson both provided second half braces. Danny Hobbs and Ben Nutley had also crossed before the break while Will Hooley scooped a 14-point haul firing over seven conversions.

Right from kick off the Wanderers' intentions were clear. Running from deep, a score after just two minutes owed as much to Danny Herriott's chase as Alex Day's good kick and with the former helping Artemyev turn over, the score was on a plate for the Russian.

Hooley missed with the extras but was on target moments later as the Wanderers breached the home line again. There was barely time for the Nighthawks to draw breath before Matt Williams was piercing through in midfield and his wide pass freed Armstrong, who ran home the score from halfway.

The winger was the beneficiary of some fine work again five minutes later, quick hands including a peach of a pass from Noah Cato laying on the third after a scrum against the head and the fourth was quick in coming too - this time the forwards with the swift passing and Hobbs playing the role of winger.

After Coventry worked their way within five metres with their first possession, the Wanderers reassumed control - though they were made to wait until the half hour for a score. Like the old favourite bus cliche though, two came along at once, Ben Nutley driven over by his forwards before the back three combined to tee up Artemyev's second of an increasingly foggy evening.

Simplicity was proving the key to the Wanderers' scoring and with ball again shipped wide, Artemyev was merely a spectator as the spare man outside of Armstrong, who completed his hat-trick with all but the final act of the half, Hooley adding a fourth conversion from wide.

His next shot was the easiest of the evening and took the Wanderers to a half century - Luther Burrell and Stephenson combining for the latter to go under the posts. The visitors emptied their bench, but one who remained was Artemyev and his spritely burst up the left ultimately laid the foundations for Wootton - the shadow of a figure crossing on the opposite flank.

The young winger would double up before the hour, but not before working well in tandem with Anders Mogensen in a sweeping counter from deep, Stephenson again adding the final burst to go beneath the sticks.

There was life in Coventry yet though and after the visitors conceded a cheap penalty, a cross kick into wide open space allowed Liam Munro to reward an effort that had been limited to defence for most all of the evening.

It was a rare moment of joy for the home side, however, who moments later failed to deal with a powerful surge from Ross McMillan and the work had been done for Artemyev to complete his hat-trick, Hooley unfortunate to strike a post from wide for the second time.

That was all she wrote, one final chacne going astray for the Wanderers and the referee bringing an end to a second half few inside the stadium saw with any clarity, except on the scoreboard.


2mins WAND Try Artemyev 0-5

4mins WAND Try Armstrong Con Hooley 0-12

9mins WAND Try Armstrong 0-17

13mins WAND Try Hobbs Con Hooley 0-24

31mins WAND Try Nutley 0-29

33mins WAND Try Artemyev Con Hooley 0-36

37mins WAND Try Armstrong Con Hooley 0-43


43mins WAND Try Stephenson Con Hooley 0-50

48mins WAND Try Wootton 0-55

53mins WAND Try Stephenson Con Hooley 0-62

58mins WAND Try Wootton Con Hooley 0-69

60mins COV Try Munro 5-69

66mins WAND Try Artemyev 5-74


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