FOLLOWING an enthralling midweek draw against Westfields, Coventry United defeated Walsall Wood at Sphinx Drive in their latest fixture.
United created plenty of chances throughout the game and despite Walsall playing a direct game, the home side eased to a 2-0 win with a strong overall team performance.
Coventry demonstrated clever build up play, with early chances falling to Ben Mackey who could only shoot wide and Tommy Glasscoe whose shot was saved by a defender off the line.
Joey Butlin brought a great save from home keeper Richard Morris as both teams failed to break the deadlock after the half-hour mark.
The scores remained level even after Mackey went close when heading Glasscoe’s delivery onto the crossbar with the keeper beaten in all departments.
Just when it seemed the red and greens might dominate yet not be clinical in their finishing, they turned the screw on their opponents.
O’Grady picked up the ball and cut inside the Walsall defence before sending a shot high into the air which curled and dipped into the top far corner past the hapless Arnold who could have done little to stop it.
Right back Pierre Moudime was then set-up by O’Grady, though the defenceman’s effort was tipped wide.
Richard Morris was in the thick of the action just before half time as a long high cross to the far post caught the Coventry defence on the back foot.
Fortunately Morris palmed a strongly hit shot onto the bar before safely smothering a deflected close range shot.
A long ball from inside the United half then found O’Grady who was fouled, gifting United a penalty.
Though Cox’s effort was saved, Prinzel scored from the rebound to win the game for United.