24th Apr, 2019

Sphinx make mincemeat of Quorn to end winless run

Ben Tyler 8th Apr, 2019 Updated: 9th Apr, 2019

COVENTRY Sphinx ended an eight-match winless streak thanks to their 4-3 away win against Quorn in the MFL Premier Division.

The three points proves invaluable for Sphinx, and moves them up to seventh, ahead of their Leicestershire opponents.

Sphinx were made to do it the hard way by recovering from a goal down to mount a comeback win, in a game which included a penalty save to deny Quorn.

Liam Kay and Charlie Faulkner were brought into the team which displayed early initiative in searching for an opener, going close on a number of occasions.

Quorn also had a few chances of their own, but had the clinical edge to take the lead.

A swerving hit that was parried away by Sphinx keeper Tom Cross fell to Stephen Hart who gratefully struck the rebound into the net.

Sphinx’s promising play up to that point was rewarded when Ryan Harkin met Callum Woodward’s centre to equalise with a near-post header almost immediately after falling behind.

That was how the scores would remain at the break, despite Joel Grandison and Faulkner going close with efforts on goal.

A handball early in the half presented Sphinx with a penalty, which Woodward made no mistake in firing to the keeper’s right.

The crowd gathered at Sutton Park must have been feeling a case of déjà vu when for the second time in the match, an equaliser was struck almost immediately after a lead was taken.

Hart fired his second of the game past Cross, before his side were awarded a penalty of their own after a handball by Coventry.

Unlike the visitors, they would not be successful from 12-yards, as Cross leapt to his left and heroically kept out the spot kick.

Hart almost made amends when thumping a drive against the post as both sides engaged in an end-to-end spectacle searching for the winner.

A free-kick from the edge of the penalty area proved the perfect opportunity for Woodward to fire his second of the game, nestling his dead ball strike into the bottom corner past the outstretched Taylor McMillan.

The visitors backed up the go-ahead goal with a fourth, courtesy of Alex Pearson – who met the through pass after making a drifting run from the left, before cutting the ball back inside and drilling home.

Kai Tonge’s injury-time goal proved nothing more than a mere consolation, as Sphinx held on for a deserved win.

Sphinx are back on the road on Friday when they visit sixth-placed side Boldmere St Michaels in Sutton Coldfield (7:30pm), a team they can surpass in the table should they win.

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