AN INCREDIBLE display of finishing saw Coventry Sphinx get their Midland League Premier Division campaign off to the best possible start with an 8-0 win over Brocton, but manager Stuart Dutton is refusing to get carried away with the result.
After being on the wrong end of a 5-0 scoreline in the first qualifying stages of the FA Cup last week, Sphinx bounced back in style by recording their biggest win in recent years.
Mitchell Thomson scored four times and there were also goals from Daniel Douse and Daniel Harris as well as substitutes Ryan Harkin and Dayle Kenny.
“It was a very good performance and what we did well was take our chances,” said a delighted Dutton. “We created 12 good chances and converted eight and we also had a goal disallowed.
“There are areas of the game I am still looking to improve as we did at times take our eye off the ball but that’s something we will look at over the next few weeks.
“I’m quite happy with the squad we have but will always be looking to improve if the right player becomes available; we are still in the transition stage.
“A great positive for me is the player’s attitude to training and games, it’s been second to none and if we can maintain that throughout the season it will help when the chips are down.”
Dutton made three changes to the side that lost out to Highgate, with Greg Webb and Liam Cairns coming into midfield and Daniel Douse starting on the left.
It took the hosts just 17 seconds Sphinx to take the lead as Brocton were caught cold from the kick off and debutant Douse was able to open up his account early on.
The lead was doubled on seven minutes thanks to a sublime free kick from Thomson after Danny Harris had been fouled and Harris bagged Sphinx’s third with some lovely footwork to create the chance to shoot into the bottom corner with just ten minutes on the clock.
Dutton’s side showed no signs of taking their foot off the gas with Thomson being denied by a brilliant Calum Darrett save but a fourth goal did come in the 19th minute after Thomson robbed the ball off a Brocton defender before slotting the ball past Darrett for his second.
Sphinx picked up where they left off after the break with Thomson getting his hat-trick on 58 minutes thanks to a neat header and the Sphinx man scored his fourth on the hour mark after beating Barrett again with a low finish.
Striker Ryan Harkin was introduced with 20 minutes left on the clock and he made an immediate impression by scoring after just seven minutes of taking to the field with a neat burst of pace before finishing from an acute angle.
The rout was complete in the final minute of play as fellow substitute Dayle Kenny made his way through a flurry of Brocton players before being fouled in the box and Kenny himself got back up to complete the scoring.