The Coventry Jet once again succumbed to defeat at the hands of the Sandwell Steelers putting their record at 0-8 and staring relegation in the face.
The game had gotten off to a good start as the Jets shut down the Steelers passing game and a similar defeat to the last time the teams met didn’t look on the cards from the off. In fact, though the Jets lost impact player Chris “Teflon” Hobbs to a groin injury it was the passing game that took over. QB Josh Rand all completing a fantastic deep pass to Rob Lambert who brought it in 1 handed and ran it in for the 50 yard score.
The Jets D continued to lock down the Steelers, forcing a fumble only for the offence to fumble the next drive, and also giving their offence great field position with a 20 yard punt return. However they were unable to capitalise, the Steelers QB completing a pass to the back of the endzone despite having one Jet wrapped around him, and the Jets missing their FG attempt to leave the teams 7-7 at the half.
The Jets came out sluggish and the Steelers ran down the pitch to put them ahead, the Jets offence letting themselves down with a number of key drops. The Steelers at this point abandoned their passing game and continued to ram the ball down the Jets throat, extending their lead with another TD in the 4th quarter.
Mid-way through the 4th quarter QB Josh Randall went down with a sprained ankle, and with Teflon out with an injury it was left to Safety and captain Josh Cooper to step in at QB, having already stepped in at RB earlier in the game.
In the face of mocking calls from the Steelers side-line Cooper completed a deep pass to WR Rob Lambert to put him near 100 for the game, however he failed to come back for the ball on the next attempt leaving the Jets to punt in the Steelers half, and leaving the game to finish 21-7, though something the Jets can be somewhat proud of given the previous meeting between these 2 sides.
Photos by James Harris Photography