11th Dec, 2016

Coventry & North Warwickshire continue to seek first victory

Steve Carpenter 27th Oct, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE SEARCH for a first win in the Midland League Division One continues for Coventry & North Warwickshire after they fell to a narroew 2-1 defeat at Hampton-in-Arden on Saturday.

Coventry undertook the short trip to Hampton and came away pointless while Hampton were delighted to gain their first points with a close victory despite conceding early.

It was Shaheen Cummings who opened the scoring for the visitors but not before he had wasted a good chance in the opening minutes, with his shot sailing wide.

Coventry had most of the play in the opening stages and after Adam Merrell had come close witha short corner, Cummings scored the opener by firing home a Ed Benfield cross from the right.

Hampton came close with a short corner before before pulling level on the half-hour mark and they could have gone in front had another effort not struck the post.

The visitors failed to convert a short corner after half-time but then found themselves two players light following a retaliation off the ball.

This allowed Hampton to take control and they duly scored a second to go 2-1 in front.

Coventry applied pressure in the final stages of the match in the hope of salvaging a draw, but they were unable to break down a well organised Hampton defence.

A third defeat in four matches leaves Coventry third from bottom in the league ahead of this Saturday’s home clash against Edgbaston.