LOWLY Gresley delivered a blow to Premier Division title-chasers Coventry United by holding Terry Anderson’s high-fliers to a goalless draw last weekend.
In a week in which United were dumped out of the FA Vase by Worcester City, further disappointment was suffered on Saturday after dropping points in Derbyshire in the latest round of Midland Football League action.
The Red and Greens were firmly on top in the encounter, which was played on a pitch resembling a quagmire by the full-time whistle, but could not find the decisive goal against a Gresley side playing the majority of the second half with ten men.
United, who remain second, are in Midland Football League Premier Cup action tonight (7.45pm) away to Kirby Muxloe, prior to Saturday’s (3pm) home league game with Worcester City.
FELLOW Premier Division rivals Coventry Sphinx had their league meeting with Lye Town postponed on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch at Sphinx Drive.
With tonight’s (7.45pm) home game with South Normanton Athletic given the green light, 16th-placed Sphinx will hope to have built some confidence going into Saturday’s (3pm) trip with Tividale.
A STALEMATE with Nuneaton Griff ended GNP Sports’ two-match losing run in Division One last weekend.
Shamir Alam’s side last played in the 8-0 thrashing of Polonia Coventry in the Coventry Evening Telegraph Cup, but found it more difficult against stubborn opposition in Nuneaton – who dropped deep to prevent GNP from finding a clear route to goal.
The best chance of the game fell to Chris Lloyd, who nudged an effort past the onrushing Griff ‘keeper Joe Salisbury and the post in a one-on-one situation.
Another opportunity came to the forward, but he was unable to direct Ben Martin’s drilled cross on target.
Down the other end, Jack Tregartha was kept busy by Ross Proudlock’s low drive which required an outstretched hand to tip the ball wide as the two sides cancelled each other out.
Eleventh-placed Sports host Stafford on Wednesday (7.45pm) before they complete a home double-header at Sphinx Drive against Stapenhill on Saturday (3pm).
COVENTRY Copsewood have dropped to 13th after stumbling to a 2-1 loss to Rocester at Allard Way.
Dave Freeman put the ball on a plate for Madundo Semahimbo to score the only goal of the first half on 19 minutes, only for Rocester’s Jordan Dodd to restore parity within two minutes of the restart.
While Dale O’Donnell performed heroics between the sticks for Copsewood, he was unable to deny substitute Luke Smith from scoring the winner four minutes from time in an agonising finale.
Joe Conneely and Neil Collett’s troops aim to improve their standing of 13th at home to basement boys Stafford Town on Saturday (3pm).
THE WEATHER put an end to hopes of Coventry Alvis’ Division Two meeting with Earlswood Town taking place at the weekend.
A positive weather forecast looks set to allow the re-arranged Coventry Evening Telegraph Cup derby with Division Three outfit Coventry Plumbing to finally take place on Wednesday (7.45pm), before a Les James Challenge Cup tie at FC Stratford on Saturday (1.45pm).
POSTPONEMENTS for both Coventry Plumbing and Coventrians meant there was no Division Three action for the city’s sides.
Plumbing were due to visit Enville Athletic, but made light of the situation by holding an extra training session, while Coventrians’ away day at Shipston Excelsior was called off.
A Birmingham Saturday Vase (1.45pm) meeting with Enville awaits for Plumbing, while Coventrians welcome student side WLV Sport on Saturday (2pm).