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MIXED FORTUNES FOR SONICS

Bristol Sonics supporters were taken on an emotional rollercoaster on Saturday, as the first team fell to another heavy Conference League 3 defeat and the seconds produced a dramatic last-gasp victory that lifts them to the top of the West of England league.The Sonics first team have yet to win in their debut Conference League 3 season, and hopes were raised of a first victory when they narrowly trailed Coventry Bears 18-12 at half time. Yet all hope disintegrated within the first 12 minutes of the second half, as four quick tries from the visitors – including a hat-trick for substitute Rhidian Booth – put the game beyond Bristol.It had all looked so promising. After a slow start, the Sonics were the better of the two teams in the opening period. Running hard and forcing Coventry into uncharacteristic errors thanks to solid defense, the home side came back from 6-0 down following a gift of a try to lead 12-6 after 30 minutes. First, returning winger Mike Norman palmed down a high, cross-field kick from captain Dom Swann and found centre Mike Gatson in support. He strolled to the line unopposed to touch down, before Swann’s conversion leveled the scores.

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