October 20th, 2016

Coventry Sphinx move out of the bottom three after a mixed bag of Easter results

Updated: 5:28 pm, Mar 30, 2016

IT PROVED to be a mixed bag of results for Sphinx over the Easter period after a 1-0 win at home to Stourport moved them out of the Midland Premier Division bottom three but on Easter Monday they tasted a 6-3 defeat at Coleshill Town.

The windy conditions certainly played their part on Saturday as Sphinx came up against a Stourport side sitting comfortably in mid-table and they proved to be a tough nut to crack on a blustery day at Sphinx Drive.

Mitch Thomson had an ealry effort after weaving his way into the box before unleashing a shot but the Stourport keeper was equal to it, while at the other end Ash Malhotra produced a fine save to stop the visitors from taking the lead.

The wet and windy conditions worsened in the second half but Sphinx showed plenty of resolve and character to take the lead on 54 minutes.

Keiran Nesbitt powered into the penalty area before being brought down by the Stourport goalkeeper. It took a while to take the spot kick as the referee weighed up a possibility of a red card but he eventually settled for a yellow and Jackson Downie and tucked the ball into the corner of the net.

Within minutes of taking the lead Sphinx had a great chance to increase it when Thomson was played through on goal but the visiting goalkeeper did well to clear the danger.

Mitchell Johnson had a chance to put the game beyond doubt after getting past the Stourport back line and although his shot had the keeper beaten, a defender was able to make an important intervention on the line.

On Monday Sphinx were in action again but they found themselves on the wrong end of a 6-3 scoreline.

The visitors went 2-0 down after 18 minutes thanks to a brace from Danico Johnson but Kieran Nesbitt scored six minutes before the break to keep Sphinx in the match at half-time.

Mykel Beckley edged the hosts further in front but once again they were pegged back when Jackson Downie converted a penalty to make it 3-2 on 54 minutes before a goal from Zuhayb Abdirahman pulled the visitors level.

But goals from Luke Barlone, Simeon Cobourne and Beckley again saw Coleshill Town claim all three points.