FOOTBALL: GOALS from Stuart Beavon and Jodi Jones helped Coventry City round off their pre-season campaign with a fine margin win against Nuneaton Town on Sunday.
The Sky Blues were in action twice over the weekend as part of the Boro Tournament, which included Nuneaton Town, PSV Jong, Glasgow Rangers XI, Wolves XI and a Liverpool XI.
Six games took place at the Coombe Abbey Arena – and Mark Robins’ men first faced Liverpool XI on Saturday afternoon.
Saturday’s game ended in a goalless draw as Peter Vincenti and Marc McNulty both came closest for Coventry, but both failed to find a breakthrough.
Unsurprisingly, Mark Robins opted to field a completely different XI for Sunday’s fixture against Nuneaton.
Stuart Beavon’s well placed header handed Coventry the lead early on before Ryan Beswick’s second-half strike brought Nuneaton Town level.
It was only with eight minutes remaining that Jodi Jones’ 25-yard strike put the Sky Blues back in front.
And Robins’ men held their one-goal lead until the final whistle.
Earlier in the game, Stuart Beavon’s opening goal was helped tremendously by a pin-point cross from Jodi Jones on the wing.
Jordan Ponticelli, who found the net against Mickleover last week, should have doubled Coventry’s advantage straight away when he broke free in the area.
The teenager however could only curl his attempt straight into the arms of Belford.
Next it was Jones’ turn to cause problems, rattling the frame of the goal from range after Dion Kelly-Evans picked him out in space.
Beavon too came close just before the break with a header almost identical to the one that opened the scoring but this time is sailed wide.
The Sky Blues started the second period in similar fashion to how they ended the first.
Kwame Thomas should have done better after a brilliant over-the-top ball from Jones saw him in on goal but the forward sliced his effort wide from close range.
Nuneaton did enjoy their fair share of chances across the second half, Brady Hickey with the most clear-cut on the hour – but Charles-Cook got down well to parry his shot away from danger.
Kyle Finn looked lively and almost made an instant impact after coming on to replace Kwame Thomas midway through the second half.
Finn picked out Beavon in the six-yard box but the former Burton man was quickly charged down by Belford.
Nuneaton drew level with 15 minutes remaining as Callum Ball’s searching cross floated over everyone in the penalty area and dropped to the captain who was waiting at the far post.
The game looked certain to end as a stalemate until Jones turned his marker on the edge of the Nuneaton area and curled his shot spectacularly into the far bottom corner, well out of the reach of Belford.