October 27th, 2016

Back-to-back wins for Coventry United in the Midland Premier League

COVENTRY United recorded back-to-back wins in the Midland League Premier Division thanks to a comfortable 4-1 victory over Brocton on Saturday, reports Keith Green.

Torrential rain leading up to kick-off could not take the shine off a commanding Coventry with Joshua O’Grady, Kevin Thornton, Mykel Beckley and Christopher Cox all getting their names on the scoresheet at Sphinx Drive.

There were plenty of individuals that shone through with Kevin Thornton in particular having an exceptional game, but it was an overall excellent team performance.

The only downside for Anderson being the forced withdrawal of striker Ben Mackay before the first half had ended.

Brocton struggled throughout to get hold of the ball, yet it was the visitors who almost snatched an early lead after a towering header from a high cross rattled the United bar.

The home team soon grew into the ascendancy and it seemed the only way for Brocton to stop the onslaught was through constant fouling.

An impressive marauding run down the left side from Lewis Hudson saw his shot saved before Coventry switched the emphasis to the right.

Slick passing between Pierre Moudime and Thornton resulted in O’Grady picking up the ball on the edge of the box and curling an unstoppable shot into the top left corner.

Minutes later Thornton picked the ball up and jinked his way between Brocton players leaving himself a one-on-one with the keeper which he finished well.

Coventry were playing some nice football now and seemingly able to switch the point of attacks at will.

O’Grady scored another at the start of the second half, although team mate Mikel Beckley may argue that he got the final touch.

Brocton somehow managed to find a goal following a hopeful punt up the field that sprung the offside trap, United will be disappointed not to keep a clean sheet.

Saves throughout the second period from Brocton goalkeeper Aiden Stone kept things respectable before Chris Cox finished things off with a rasping low finish into the corner of the net to make it 4-1.

Revenge was not on the cards for Coventry Sphinx after they fell to a second defeat in seven days to Shawbury United in the Midland League Premier Division.

After losing out 3-2 in the FA Vase last week, Sphinx fell one goal short again on Saturday after losing 4-3 in a thrilling encounter at the Wem Sports Centre.

Ryan Harkin fired Sphinx into the lead but three goals before half-time from Nathan Hodge, Charles Knowles and Stuart Ellis put Shawbury United in control at the break.

Jamie Towers got the visitors back in the match but hodge bagged his second to make it 4-2 with 20 minutes remaining.

There was time for Jackson Downie to convert a penalty and set up a tense finale but Sphinx were unable to find an equaliser.