FOOTBALL: COVENTRY United’s promotion push hit a halt on Saturday as Terry Anderson’s men were restricted to a goalless draw against Rugby Town.
After losing out to Town by two goals to one in an earlier FA Cup clash, any hopes of United gaining revenge on their local rivals were stopped by a resolute Town back four.
Rugby had an early chance when Ruben Wiggins-Thomas saw his header on two minutes go over the bar.
Both sides then struggled to break each other down as the majority of play took place in the middle of the field.
A corner on 20 minutes provided United with their best chance of the game. But Aaron Opoku’s header was guided straight at Town keeper Niall Cooper.
Star Rugby striker David Kolodynski had a chance to put Rugby ahead, but his strike from a good position was sent way wide.
Town had to rely on keeper Cooper to produce a good save moments later when Lewis Rankin’s curling effort was guided wide as the half ended 0-0.
United were forced into an early chance when Aron Wint was replaced by Donnell Benjamin due to injury.
A rare defensive error from Town allowed Lewis Rankin to find space in the area before blasting his shot wide on 52 minutes.
Town weathered United’s storm, but Anderson’s men continued to press when Donnell Benjamin was set free just inside the area, only to see his chipped attempt land on top of the net.
An early retrieval of the ball saw Terry Anderson sent off in the 73rd minute.
But even without Anderson’s voice from the sidelines United coped well enough.
Rugby’s Wiggins-Thomas saw his weak headed effort fall into the arms of United keeper Richard Morris while United’s Donnell Benjamin couldn’t convert from close range in the closing seconds.
Picture: Martin Pulley.