October 27th, 2016

Sphinx continue impressive start after second win

Updated: 4:38 pm, May 07, 2015

LUKE Hopkins was full of praise for goalscorer Chris Gumery after his brace against Shepshed Dynamo earned Sphinx their second win of the season.

Two first half goals were enough to give Sphinx all three points at home on Monday evening and the win pushes them up to fifth in the newly formed Midland Football League Premier Division.

Boss Hopkins made several changes to the side that lost 4-1 at Quorn on Saturday and he admits his side made hard work of the win.

“We managed to get two early goals both from Gumery and then we stopped.” said Hopkins. “I think we thought it was too easy.

“We had chances in both the first and second half to make it three or even four but we didn’t and that’s the difference in finishing first, second or seventh. We need to learn to kill games off.

“It was nice to see Gummers (Gumery) get his goals. He had a few chances where he’s hit them too sweet and keepers have pulled off good saves, but I added him to squad to get them glancing goals we haven’t scored.”

Sphinx are next in action when they travel to Heather St Johns this Saturday in the FA Cup and Hopkins is hoping to address his team’s away form.

He added: “Not many teams come to our place and boss us, but we need to improve the away form and to do that I think we are lacking a little experience.

“That doesn’t go against what Sphinx is all about in giving young players chances and again on Monday we had two youth team lads on the pitch and five players who finished their youth football last season.

“We have the FA cup on Saturday and its must win game for this club.

“It would also set up a nice home tie with Bedworth so it makes for an interesting tie to follow if we are successful.”

In Division One, Alvis Sporting recorded their first win of the season in style thanks to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Nuneaton Griff on Saturday.

Alvis are now playing their home games at Southam United while a legal dispute holds up the addition of floodlights and a new stand at Green Lane.

They took the lead through Michael Healy on the half-hour mark and ten minutes later the new strike force of Leon Kelly and Healy, combined for Kelly to net from close range for his second of the match.

Griff improved in the second half but with 20 minutes remaining Dean Kimberlin netted the final goal of the match to seal the win.

Elsewhere Coventry Copsewood maintained their unbeaten start to the season thanks to a narrow 2-1 win on the road at Studley.

Both sides are back in action this Saturday when Alvis visit Pershore Town while Copsewood travel to Highgate.

Former Sky Blues academy player Ashley Cain in action against Shepshed Dynamo. (s)