11th Dec, 2016

Plenty of effort in drawn games for Coventry & North Warwickshire

Steve Carpenter 4th Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A BUSY weekend saw Coventry & North Warwickshire claim two points from two matches which inluded at ten-goal thriller against Sutton Coldfield in the Midland League.

Two points keeps Coventry tenth but a victory for Sikh Union increases the threat of relegation for teams at the wrong end of the table.

The weekend started with a fiery 1-1 draw at home to Hampton-in-Arden in a match that saw a flurry of yellow cards.

Coventry began the first half on top and they were soon in front when Dom Bell set up Austin Pritchard to fire home and Bell came close with an effort soon after at the far post.

Bell also had a shot saved shortly before the visitors pulled level thanks to a Daffyd Bowles short corner goal.

After the break the game turned into the a less calm affair with yellow and green cards being dished out.

The hosts shoud have taken advantage of their numerical advantage but they came up against a resilient Hampton goalkeeper who made a series of impressive saves.

Aiden Johnson in the Coventry goal was hardly troubled but dealt well with anything that came his way.

The following day Coventry were at home again and showed their fighting qualities by twice coming from two goals down to draw 5-5 draw with Sutton Coldfield.

Sutton were able to take the initiative by scoring twice early on but within five minutes the home team came back strongly with Bell scoring twice to pull the home side level.

This should have given parity as the half drew to a close but Sutton scored again in the last minute to take a narrow 3-2 lead into the break.

As the second half started Sutton again went two goals ahead thanks to a short corner, but Bell responded immediately from a corner to clock up his hat-trick.

James Thysse fired in the equaliser to make it 4-4 and Austin Pritchard, Ben Clarke and Tom Hancock made inroads into the Sutton defence, only for a fifth goal to be conceded.

With ten minutes remaining Coventry won a short corner from which Bell was able to convert for 5-5. Both sides created chances in search of a winner but both were made to settle for a point.

Coventry still need to pick up points to avoid the drop but have only lost twice in their last six games and they travel to Birmingham this Saturday to take on Edgbaston.