September 28th, 2016

Sphinx in four-midable form

COVENTRY Sphinx continued their pre-season schedule on Saturday with an impressive 4-0 victory over Worcester City.

The Sphinx have been busy assembling a squad that is capable of challenging at the top of the Midland League Premier Division and their victory at Sphinx Drive indicates they are making very good progress.

Former professional and Rugby Town assistant manager Craig Herbert has joined the coaching team and a number of players have followed him from Rugby Town including Mitch Piggon, Lewis McBride, Richard Blythe and newly-appointed captain Robbie Banks.

The addition of more players from higher levels such as Mitchell Thomson and Tom Bates alongside the retention of the core of last season’s squad has created a real buzz around the club.

Worcester City play three levels above Sphinx but they were dispatched comfortably as midfielder Thomson produced a hat-trick of fine finishes inside 46 minutes and centre forward Piggon added a fourth to secure a fine victory.

Young striker Jacob Dodds created the first two goals with his tenacity and the balance between experience and youth is looking good, however manager Luke Hopkins is still looking to strengthen his squad further so it promises to be an interesting season at Sphinx Drive and they are certainly a club to keep an eye on.

The pre-season schedule continues at Sphinx Drive on Friday (7.30pm) when Northern Premier League side Barwell are the visitors. Barwell are expected to have former Coventry City players Kevin Thornton and Iyseden Christie in their squad so it is a fixture to look forward to.

This is quickly followed by the last pre-season home match on Monday at 7.45pm versus Cadbury Athletic.

The Midland Football League Premier Division campaign starts on Saturday, August 8 when the Sphinx travel to Long Eaton United.

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