22nd Nov, 2019

Gardner screamer sets up Grimsby tie in the Vase - Coventry non-league round-up

Ben Tyler 4th Nov, 2019

A HOME game against Grimsby Borough awaits Coventry United after the Red and Greens progressed to the third round of the FA Vase.

Terry Anderson’s men edged Midland Football League Premier Division rivals Long Eaton United 1-0 on Saturday, thanks to a 48th-minute stunner from Matthew Gardner.

The result was a fair one on the balance of play, with United having the better opportunities during an end-to-end first half in which Joe Cairns fluffed the best opportunity from six yards out.

A show-stopping strike from Gardner helped make amends within minutes of the restart – the striker’s ninth goal of the season.

Lewis Ison should have done better when meeting a ball to the back post, only to find the arms of the Long Eaton keeper.

The visitors were reduced to ten men in injury time, moments before Coventry’s journey into the last 64 of the Vase was confirmed.

Coventry will play their step nine opponents of the Northern Counties East League Premier Division at Butts Park Arena on Saturday November 30, but next visit Long Eaton in a league meeting on Saturday (3pm).


COVENTRY Sphinx were out of action at the weekend, following the postponement of their league meeting with Haughmond at Sphinx Drive.

Lee Knibbs’ men hope for a more positive outcome for their trip to Lye Town on Saturday (3pm).


DIVISION One outfit GNP Sports suffered the same fate when their trip to Heath Hayes was rained off.

They host Stafford Town on Saturday (3pm).


A home clash with Chelmsley Town awaits Coventry Copsewood on Tuesday night (7.45pm), before another game at Allard Way against Leicester Road on Saturday (3pm).


THE Coventry derby between Division Two Alvis and Division Three Plumbing in the Birmingham Saturday Vase takes place on Wednesday (7.30pm), following the weekend’s postponement.

This weekend, Alvis go into another all-Coventry tie away to Colliery in the Coventry Charity Cup, while Plumbing are away to Continental Star in the league (both Saturday, 3pm).

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