FOOTBALL: A LATE strike from Jarrell Hylton sank the hopes of Coventry Alvis as their Midland Football League First Division relegation battle continued against Cadbury Athletic.
Goalless until the concluding five minutes, the game turned on its head when Hylton’s effort earned Cadbury the three points, ensuring Alvis remain bottom of the league table.
After beating Cadbury Athletic twice this season, Jason Pyott’s men entered the game confident they could dig a result out of this crucial encounter.
They should’ve took the lead after four minutes when Isa Abraham put through on goal.
But the forward hesitated in front of net, allowing Cadbury’s defence to backtrack and recover the ball just yards from goal.
With the pitch beginning to cut up, Abraham out paced the Cadbury defence on 34 minutes. His low cross was met by Luke Wilson, who slid in under pressure to deflect the ball agonisingly close to the target.
Five minutes later, Wilson hit a 25yard drive wide.
Though both sides couldn’t be faulted for a lack of effort, Alvis threatened little in the second half.
Barnes produced a fine diving save by Tregartha, and on 75minutes substitute Jarrell Hylton hit the Coventry Alvis bar with a long range effort.
But the real blow came with five minutes left when Hylton broke clear to score the winning goal, despite protests for offside by the Alvis defence.
Pyott said: “I am very disappointed that we did not get at least a draw.
“I also thought the goal merited an offside decision, but all in all I was proud of the input of the team on a tricky surface.”
Alvis travel to Coventry Alliance side Canley Sports and Social for a quarter final clash in the Coventry Charity Cup on Saturday before returning to Green Lane on Wednesday evening to entertain Paget Rangers in a league fixture.