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Sphinx dig deep to find late winner - Coventry non-league latest

Ben Tyler 13th Jan, 2020 Updated: 13th Jan, 2020

COVENTRY United go into Wednesday night’s (7.45pm) rescheduled FA Vase tie at Worcester City knowing that a victory will pit them against Atherstone Town in the fifth round of the competition.

After torrential rain in the early hours of Sunday morning rendered Worcester’s Victoria Ground residence in Bromsgrove unplayable, the tie was moved to midweek.

With a trip to the lowest ranked side left in the competition in Atherstone – who play in Division One of the Midland Football League – on the line, Terry Anderson’s men will not be short of incentives to win their fourth-round tie.

A trip to second-bottom Gresley follows on Saturday (3pm), before the Red and Greens head to Kirby Muxloe next Tuesday (7.45pm) in the Midland Football League Cup to complete a run of three away games on the bounce.

CHARLIE Faulkner put Coventry Sphinx’s three-game losing run to bed after striking a 93rd-minute winner to earn John Woodward and Shaun Thomas’ side a 2-1 win at Lye Town in the Premier Division.

Sphinx had to do it the hard way after going a goal behind just two minutes in when conceding a penalty, one which the hosts’ Reiss Taylor-Randle duly tucked away, to prompt thoughts that the worst was to happen yet again to Coventry.

But when Louis Guest leapt high to meet a corner and divert his header into the net, it was game on again with 16 minutes left to play.

A draw looked a formality, but up popped Faulkner with the finishing touch at the death to earn a first league win in five games for his side.

Sphinx host Haughmond on Tuesday night (7.45pm), prior to Saturday’s (3pm) reverse fixture against Lye Town at Sphinx Drive.

IN DIVISION One, Coventry Copsewood edged past hosts Paget Rangers 2-0 to go 11th.

Similar to Sphinx, Copsewood were on a three-game losing run prior to their trip to Sutton Coldfield, with their previous win coming against Paget in the first fixture at Allard Way back in December.

Dave Freeman and Dan Hoskins struck the vital goals, putting their side in a positive frame of mind before back-to-back home games against Southam United in the Coventry Charity Cup on Tuesday (7.45pm) and Rocester in a league encounter on Saturday (3pm).

A PLACE below them are Shamir Alam’s GNP Sports, who saw their home game against Hinckley AFC postponed last weekend.

They are in action against Chelmsley Town on Wednesday night (7.45pm), before Saturday’s (3pm) trip to Nuneaton Griff.

COVENTRY Alvis left it late to snatch a point in their Division Two encounter with Northfield Town.

An own-goal from a deflected cross gave visitors Northfield a second-half lead following a goalless opening period, with Alvis made to chase the game for the remainder.

Their efforts were rewarded at the death when Mitchell Boe was on hand to turn home a deep cross and earn a deserved point.

Alvis are eighth in the table and host 13th-placed Earlswood Town at Alvis Sports and Social Club on Saturday (3pm), before welcoming Coventry Plumbing on Wednesday (7.30pm) in a rescheduled Coventry Evening Telegraph Cup tie.

PLUMBING’S Midland Football League Challenge Vase match-up with Welland was postponed last weekend.

The Division Three side are yet to play this year, something they hope to change in their Birmingham Saturday Vase (1.45pm) trip to Enville Athletic.

LESSONS were learned by WLV Sport after Coventrians put seven past them in Saturday’s Challenge Vase meeting.

Coventrians ran out 7-1 winners against the university side at the Colliery Sports Ground, much in part to four goals from Nathan McGarrity.

A Josh Dixon brace and one from Liam Connolly completed the scoring.

On Saturday (2pm), they head to basement side Shipston Excelsior in a Division Three match.

Head back to our website at www.coventryobserver.co.uk/sport on Friday for all of the details of the midweek results.

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