October 1st, 2016

Hard earned point for Coventry Sphinx away at Shepshed Dynamo

SPHINX maintained their steady start to their 2015/16 Midland League Premier Division campaign after claiming a hard-earned point on the road at high-flyers Shepshed Dynamo on Tuesday night.

Luke Hopkins’ side earned their second win of the season on Saturday thanks to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Boldmere St Michaels.

Luke Downes and Richard Blythe gave Sphinx a 2-0 lead at the break and a second goal of the match for Blythe two minutes from times earned the hosts all three points.

And they took that confidence into Tuesday’s clash against a Shepshed side who had won their opening three matches of the season.

Hopkins named a full strength side for the trip to the Dovecote Stadium but found it hard going against the hosts with Levi Porter proving to be the dangerman for the hosts.

But Sphinx goalkeeper Carl O’Neill was in fine form and did well to deny Porter on 28 minutes before Shepshed struck the post one minute before half-time.

The visitors defended superbly after the break and kept the visitors at bay to come away with a share of the spoils which leaves them ninth in the table on seven points.

In Division One, Coventry United maintained their 100 per cent winning start by thrashing Atherstone Town 6-1 on Tuesday night.

Edwin Greaves’ side made it six wins out of six thanks to goals from Joshua O’Grady (2), Joshua Blake (2), Jean Dakouri and Ross Briscoe and currently sit six points clear at the top of the league.

And in Division Two, Alvis Sporting recorded their third consecutive away win in eight days by defeating Droitwich Spa 3-2 on Saturday.

The visitors led by a Shane Brassigton goal at the break, and Brassington doubled the scoreline just after the interval.

Droitwich came back strongly to level the score, but Dean Kimberlin headed the winner with two minutes remaining.

Assistant manager, Rob Kimberlin, said: “The lads were a little under par on the day. However, it was good to see that they showed a lot of character, and that they ground out a more than satisfactory three points to continue to head the table.”

This weekend Sphinx visit Rugby Town in the FA Cup, Coventry United host Pershore Town and Alvis visit Earlswood Town.

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