FOOTBALL - Coventry City begin pre-season with win at Leamington - The Coventry Observer

FOOTBALL - Coventry City begin pre-season with win at Leamington

Coventry Editorial 4th Jul, 2022 Updated: 4th Jul, 2022   0

COVENTRY City came from behind to make a winning start to their pre-season campaign with a 3-1 victory at National League North side Leamington.

The Sky Blues played with a different team in each half, with the majority of the first-team squad handed minutes, which included new signing Kasey Palmer.

However, City made a disastrous start when Dan Turner put the Brakes into the lead after just two minutes in front of a sell out 2,131 crowd at the Your Co-Op Community Stadium.

And the Brakes almost doubled their lead when Devon Kelly-Evans fired past Simon Moore only for Jack Burroughs to make a sensational clearance off the line.

City striker Martyn Waghorn was twice denied by Leamington goalkeeper Jake Weaver towards the end of the half as the Sky Blues trailed heading into the break.

Robins named a completely different team in the second period as City were denied by Weaver once again after he tipped Matty Godden’s effort around the post.

However, the Sky Blues eventually found their equaliser when Godden glanced a header into the bottom right corner from Todd Kane’s cross on the hour mark.

And City completed the turnaround six minutes later when Godden finished at the second attempt from close range after being played through by Ben Sheaf.

The win was sealed when Fabio Tavares headed in at the back post from six-yards out on 73 minutes from Ryan Howley’s cross to cap off an impressive display from the Portuguese youngster.

Coventry have now travelled to Spain where they will play newly-promoted Premier League side Nottingham Forest on Friday, July 8 with kick-off at 6.30pm (UK time) at the Pinatar Arena.

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