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Sphinx bounce back to winning ways

Sphinx bounce back to winning ways Sphinx bounce back to winning ways
Updated: 4:53 pm, May 07, 2015

SPHINX bounced back from two consecutive heavy defeats to claim a 4-1 victory at home to Brocton in the Midland League Premier Division.

After tasting back-to-back 5-0 defeats in previous weeks, Sphinx produced one of their best performances of the season to record their second win in nine matches.

Skipper Ashley Jackson fired Sphinx ahead on from the penalty spot just before half-time after Jacob Dodds had been fouled inside the area.

Ashley Cain doubled the home sides’ advantage on 52 minutes before David Ablewhite pulled a goal back for Brocton.

But two late strikes from Aaron Opoku and Jackson Downie ensured Sphinx took all three points which keeps them 14th in the table.

“The attitude in the squad was spot on and I think the couple of bad results had pulled the lads together as a unit.” said manager Luke Hopkins.

“They realised they are all in it together and they were the only ones that could get us out of a losing run.

“We made a few changes to the starting 11 and gave it a fresh sense with players moving about on the pitch to try to get a reaction and it worked.

“I’m glad Aaron got his goal, he deserved it massively, he was brilliant and I need that week in week out now. That’s his challenge, to finish the season on a high.

“The lads were all round brilliant on the day. It was nice to see some players doing jobs and roles for the team and perhaps learning bits and pieces about themselves to become a more complete player.”

In Division One, Alvis Sporting crashed to one of their worst defeats of the season after losing 3-0 at basement boys Pelsall Villa.

With the advantage of a heavy sloping pitch in the first half, Alvis were unable to profit by the conditions as the scoreline remained goalless.

And Pelsall scored three goals in eight minutes midway through the second period by Callum Phillips and a brace from Spencer Blackham to move within three points of their opponents.

Coventry Copsewood also tasted defeat after losing 2-0 on the road at Hinckley.

This Saturday Sphinx host Rocester at Sphinx Drive, Alvis entertain table-toppers Hinckley at Southam and Copsewood host Cadbury Athletic.

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