NINETIETH-MINUTE heartbreak condemned Coventry Sphinx to a third-straight loss in the Midland Football League Premier Division after going down 3-2 to Newark Flowserve.
Remarkably, neither side found the net in the first half prior to a goal-laden second period in which the deadlock was broken after Colin Smith blitzing run and clinical finish gave Sphinx a 53rd-minute lead.
A penalty taken and scored by Ben Hutchinson restored parity six minutes later, before Newark took the lead through Kyle Dixon’s strike 12 minutes from time.
Just two minutes later the match took another twist when Lewis Noon whipped home a free-kick to set up for a tantalising finale – one which was won when Newark broke away in the final minute and found a winner.
Matthew Cotton was the man to score the decisive goal, breaking Sphinx hearts.
John Woodward and John Thomas’ side look to rectify their recent downturn in form when visiting Lye Town on Saturday (3pm).
GNP Sports sealed their place in the semi-finals of the Coventry Evening Telegraph Cup in sublime fashion by thrashing Polonia Coventry 8-0 at Sphinx Drive.
The visitors from Division One of the Coventry Alliance Football League were unable to live with four-midable forward Chris Lloyd, who led the the way for his Liam Rock (2), Jason Evans and Ryan Isherwood to also register on the scoresheet.
Shamir Alam’s 11th-placed side host Hinckley AFC, who are seventh, in Division One action on Saturday (3pm).
BACK-TO-BACK losses have now been suffered by Coventry Copsewood after Tuesday night’s 2-1 loss at home to high-fliers Brocton.
Jack Weldon put the visitors in front at Allard Way on 17 minutes, only for Jacob Dodds to immediately level from the restart.
Brocton managed to take all three points from their hosts following Regan Smith’s 63rd-minute strike, a lead that remained until the final whistle despite the late dismissal of Weldon for a second yellow card.
After two disappointing results in the space of four days, Copsewood visit Paget Rangers on Saturday (3pm) with redemption at the forefront of their mind.
COVENTRY Alvis’ home tie with Coventry Plumbing in the Coventry Evening Telegraph Cup was called off once more in midweek.
As a result, Jamie Burkacki’s side next get a taste of action in Division Two at home to Northfield Town on Saturday (3pm) in a battle of eighth against third.
Meanwhile, Plumbing go up against Welland in an all Division Three tie in the Midland Football League Challenge Vase (Saturday, 1.45pm).