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BRISTOL BACK INTO BATTLE AGAINST BEARS

Bristol Sonics return to Conference League 3 action on Saturday (July 14) with a tricky trip to Butts Park Arena, home of high-flying Coventry Bears.It will be the Sonics first outing in a fortnight, after last week’s game at Kippax Knights was postponed due to heavy rain in West Yorkshire.Bristol, who remain winless in their debut Conference League 3 season, have shown signs of definite improvement in recent weeks and will be keen to step it up against championship-chasing Coventry.The Sonics provided 2011 winners Huddersfield Underbank-Rangers with a tough test a fortnight ago at Aretians, and Head Coach Karl Fearnley is keen for his charges to build on this improved form.Fearnley said: “Over the last month we’ve been getting better week by week, with very few bad performances. Although we lost against Huddersfield, we were more than a match for them for long spells. That’s been the story of our season. This week, I’m looking for a proper 80 minute performance. If we can do that, Coventry will have to be at their best to get the result they’re looking for.”When the sides met in Bristol last month, the contest was close until half time. In the second period, Bristol imploded, allowing Coventry to stroll to a comfortable victory. Bristol Sonics captain Dom Swann is determined that won’t happen again.Swann said: “Against Coventry we were excellent in the first half, but for some reason we just couldn’t keep it up. On Saturday we won’t allow that to happen again. We’re going to be committed for the full 80 minutes. We struggled a bit out wide against them last time out, but we’ve been working on that in training. We’ll be ready.”Bristol have tasted victory over Coventry in the past, but have not beaten the Championship One-chasing side, a team keen on turning professional, in their last three outings. To change that record, the Sonics will need to be at their very best.Fans wanting to travel to Coventry can do so on the team coach, which leaves Clifton RFC at 10,30am. A small charge will be made to help cover travel costs. Fans who can’t get to the match will be able to follow score updates on http://www.twitter.com/BristolSonicsRL

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