8th Apr, 2020

United await verdict of FA investigation - Coventry non-league latest

Ben Tyler 26th Feb, 2020

COVENTRY United’s fixture with Heather St John’s is the subject of an FA investigation following a heated meeting at St John’s Park last weekend.

The Red and Greens, who currently top the Midland League Premier Division, were leading 2-1 up until the 87th-minute abandonment after a succession of incidents involving Coventry’s travelling support.

A United fan invaded the pitch in the closing moments before assaulting a Heather player, while threats were made from another away supporter towards the home side.

It followed a first-half incident in which a Heather player spat on Coventry’s Riley O’Sullivan in the aftermath of United’s opening goal.

Terry Anderson’s side will now eagerly await an update on any possible punishment, with the outcome of the result hanging firmly in the balance.

Should the result stand, it would be a significant one in deciding the race for the league title and promotion, given the four-point lead that United currently enjoy at the top of the pile.

Josh O’Grady’s stunner from the edge of the area sent the visitors back in front on 65 minutes, following a first-minute opener from Riley O’Sullivan that was cancelled out by Kieran Clarke’s penalty on the stroke of half-time.

In what had already been a heated game prior to later events, both sides played the majority of the encounter with ten men, after red cards were displayed to Coventry’s Aaron Williams and the hosts’ Brett Fellows inside the opening ten minutes.

United are now due to visit mid-table AFC Wulfrunians in Saturday’s meeting (3pm).

Elsewhere at the top, defeat for fellow challengers Newark Flowserve at Sporting Khalsa moved the latter into second place on 52 points, one point above the Nottinghamshire side, after a 2-0 win at the Aspray Arena.

THERE WAS nothing controversial about Coventry Sphinx’s impressive 1-1 draw lower down in the table.

John Woodward and Shaun Thomas’ 14th-placed side took a valuable point against promotion-chasing Romulus, who are fifth, at Castle Vale Stadium.

Mo Billy had initially given Sphinx a 25th-minute lead with a well-taken finish, only for the Roms’ Kieron Donnelly to restore parity five minutes later – a scoreline which then remained until the final whistle.

With the Coventry derby in midweek rained off, Sphinx turn attentions to a home game with Sporting Khalsa on Saturday (3pm).


DISAPPOINTMENT was felt all round by Coventry’s Division One sides.

While GNP Sports were out of action after the postponement of their home meeting with Lichfield City, Coventry Copsewood slipped to a 16th defeat this term to Kirby Muxloe.

The visitors from Leicestershire returned from Allard Way with all three points after a comfortable 3-0 victory, achieved through Bakary Mass, Suleiman Nassor and Andre Williams strikes.

Muxloe’s Mass finished off a swift breakaway on 26 minutes to give his side the lead, while another Copsewood error allowed the visitors to launch an attack on the stroke of half-time and double their advantage through Williams.

A third followed from Nassor with a far-post finish ten minutes from time, confirming a result which had been known for most of the encounter.

On Saturday, both sides are in action, with 11th-placed Sports heading to leaders Leicester Road and Copsewood in 15th hosting strugglers Cadbury Athletic.


DIVISION Two outfit Coventry Alvis will hope to play their first game in three weeks this Saturday in their scheduled trip to Coton Green (3pm).

Jamie Burkacki’s side last appeared in the 3-2 defeat to Fairfield Villa on February 8, having recently had games against Boldmere Sports & Social Falcons and Feckenham called off.

In the reverse meeting between Green and Alvis, positioned in seventh and eighth respectively, it was the Coventry side who came out on top in a 4-2 win in the Les James Challenge Cup in October.


COVENTRIANS were out of action after their home fixture with Upton Town was postponed.

This weekend, they meet second-bottom AFC Solihull and will be keen to avenge a 4-1 reverse in their last meeting in March last year.

Then, Andy Matthews’ double and goals from Steven Mason and Jon Hamer proved too much for Coventrians who replied through Lewis Chester.

With the possibility of going fifth come Saturday evening, the seventh-placed Coventrians will be baying for blood in the 3pm kick-off.

INKBERROW dumped Coventry Plumbing out of the Les James Challenge Cup after a 2-1 defeat on Saturday.

The result ends Plumbing’s progress in this season’s competition at the quarter-final stage, having leaked two goals to Chris Dyson and George Thomas either side of Charlie Cook’s leveller.

Kev Kingham’s men will attempt to put their cup misery behind them when returning to Division Three action at home to Leamington Hibernian, who are 13th, on Saturday, aiming to improve their standing of eighth.

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