2nd August 2014, 20:31
Late try takes the spoils for Cougars
Valley Cougars move up to second.
NOTTINGHAM OUTLAWS 22 VALLEY COUGARS 24
Valley Cougars move up to second in the National Conference South following a dramatic win in Nottingham on Saturday.
The Cougars travelled to Nottingham with five players making their Conference debuts - Stefan Jones who was man of the match, Clive Robinson, Luke Price, Lloyd Collins and Jamie Marsh.
Cougars scored five fabulous tries but not before Nottingham had taken the lead through Paul Calland, who was returning after a long spell on the sidelines through injury, that Matt Shields converted.
The Welsh levelled with a long range effort where Lee Goddard made a dash down the line to put a try on a plate for Chris Speck. Goddard's kick made the score 6-6.
The second was again from a good peace of Goddard play with a pin point kick gathered by Mike Hurley and flicked to Jamie Marsh to crash over before Adam Morgan crashed over from short range, Goddard converting.
A good passing move set Jimmy Goodwin up for a try back for Nottingham before an individual effort from Cougars' Ian Newbury, collecting a kick and running the full length to score and make it 20-10 to the Welsh at the break.
Nottingham fought back in the second half and tries from Goodwin and Adrian Chima, both converted by Shields, gave them a 22-20 lead with full-time looming.
The winner came just minutes from the end. It was a great move down the left hand slide that saw a bullet pass from Goddard who offloaded brilliantly to Ben Burgess to score the winner.
Cougars coach Paul Emanuelli said: "I'm so proud of the boys today, we really did play well for almost the whole 80 minutes. Their attitude was brilliant and they got the win that they deserved. I couldn't be prouder."