FOOTBALL - Coventry Sphinx edged out by Corby - The Coventry Observer

FOOTBALL - Coventry Sphinx edged out by Corby

Coventry Editorial 10th Oct, 2023 Updated: 10th Oct, 2023   0

COVENTRY Sphinx saw their two-game winning run come to an end after slipping to a 1-0 home defeat against 10-man Corby Town.

Khris Oti’s fortuitous goal just before the hour mark settled the game while Corby substitute Danny Setchell saw red late on for two yellow cards at the Sphinx Industrial Supplies Arena.

The result means Coventry sit 15th in the Northern Premier League Midlands table, two points clear of the relegation zone.

Sphinx goalkeeper Keelan Fallows made a superb early save to keep the scores level when one-on-one with a Corby attacker before the visitors curled narrowly wide from distance.

Corby went close again as Callum Milne shot over the crossbar when under pressure before Kalern Thomas’s effort deflected inches over the angle of bar and post

The visitors continued to test the Sphinx goal after the break as Fallows made another excellent save, low down, at full stretch.

From the resulting corner, Corby took the lead as substitute Oti forced the ball home at the back post with Sphinx defender Louis Guest and goalkeeper Fallows in close attention.

Sphinx struggled to create a meaningful chance all afternoon as Matty Shipman headed Callum Woodward’s dangerous free-kick over the bar.

Corby were then fortunate to avoid a red card after Setchell’s late challenge on Woodward left Sphinx’s captain requiring several minutes of treatment before leaving the pitch on a stretcher.

Setchell eventually saw red on 80 minutes after picking up a second yellow card for a foul on Joe Pursey on the edge of the penalty area.

Despite the man advanatge, Sphinx were unable to carve out a clear opening as the home side slipped to their third one-nil home defeat of the season.

Sphinx are next in action away at Shepshed Dynamo on Saturday, October 14 with kick-off at 3pm at the Dovecote Stadium.

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