5th Dec, 2016

Coventry Sphinx lose again but Alvis progress to semi-final

Steve Carpenter 13th Jan, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016
  1. THE SEARCH for a first win in both the league and cup for Sphinx extended to six matches after Robbie Banks’ side lost 4-2 away at Brocton.

    Sphinx have not won a match since November 14 but they looked on target to get back to winning ways after taking a 2-0 lead on Saturday thanks to first half goals from Lewis Rankin and Jacob Dobbs.

    But mid-table Brocton came from behind with Paul McMahon scoring his first two minutes before the break and he bagged a second on the hour mark.

    Sean William Kinsella bagged a third goal in the 77th minute and eight minutes from time Pierce Luyineula Kiembi wrapped up a 4-2 win for the hosts.

    Elsewhere, a Charlie Cook hat trick paved the way for Alvis Sporting to become the first side to reach the semi-finals of the Coventry Charity Cup after defeating Hawkesmill Sports 4-1.

    With the Hawkesmill Sports ground deemed unfit, the third round tie was switched to the Meriden Sports Complex as Alvis faced their sixth consecutive cup tie away from their Green Lane heartland.

    Cook opened the score on eight minutes by taking advantage of a through ball but the teams went in level at the break with Hawkesmill equalising from a disputed penalty.

    But three goals in 30 second half minutes settled the tie for Alvis side, with Cook scoring two more and Kiam Galdinf also got in on the act.

    “It was a tight game in the first half with some good goalkeeping on both sides,” said Alvis boss Damian Cassidy.

    “However, with some precise finishing from man of the match Charlie Cook, and a good overall display from Stefan McGrath against his ld club, we have done well to ensure the semi-final spot.”

    Alvis Sporting entertain former Southern League side, Paget Rangers, on Saturday which is due to be their first league game since October 31 due to cup ties and postponements, while Sphinx host Long Eaton United a week on Saturday.