Cov Saints 3 Holy Trinity 1 Match Report BF

Holy Trinity 1 Coventry Saints 3

 

Holy Trinity succumbed to a 3-1 home defeat in a game which was closer than the scoreline suggested.
Knowing beforehand that Saints were a good team in terms of both skill and fitness, Trinity’s objective was to match Saints in all respects and shoot when the chances were on.

Saints started the brighter of the two sides carving out an attack early on. An initial couple of forays for Saints followed which they couldn’t convert.
Trinity then started to forge a way into the game playing some good passing football and matching Saints physically. A good, even match was now on. Trinity in the mid to latter stages of the first half were probably edging the game and had managed a couple of shots on target but nothing significant to trouble the Saints keeper.

The first half ended 0-0 with the evidence suggesting that this was a match that could go either way.
As Trinity have done so often in the early stages of the second half, they made it hard for themselves by conceding early on. A defensive mix up at the back and the ball ricocheting like a pinball outside the Trinity box, Saints took advantage to curl home a great opening goal to break the deadlock at the start of the second half.

Trinity however showed no signs of defeatism from the goal and replied quickly to level the scores through Taft. Taft, a new recruit this season showing good promise, opened his account for the season playing up front with Mayne.

The game stayed 1-1 for a while and a subsequent long range effort from Taft cannoned off the crossbar. Mayne continued his customary good hold up play and it was evident the strikers were playing with more cohesion than before.
Saints’ lead was restored soon after. A cross from the right was misjudged by Hargreaves in goal to make it 2-1. Again, Trinity came forward and pressed for an equaliser but were denied by the woodwork for a second and third time.
Eventually, the game was killed off at the death. Trinity, chasing an equaliser, were caught on the attack and after some weaving play from Saints the ball was struck home to make it 3-1.

The score finished 3-1. For Saints, a hard fought victory. For Trinity, plenty of positives and a morale booster in one of their better performances. There was more synergy between the front players, more physicality throughout the park, and less hesitation to shoot in front of goal. Trinity can look to move forward and take this style of play and attitude into subsequent games.

 

Cov Saints 3 Holy Trinity 1 Match Report JC

Coventry Saints 3 – 1 Holy Trinity

By James Coe

A tough game that hung in the balance, until a resilient Coventry Saints took the spoils.

Coventry Saints started on the offensive, White playing the ball into Coe, who flicked on to Bennett, creating a chance in the first few minutes.

The game remained in the balance for a while, both sides creating half-chances, but playing some good passing football.

The first real chance came in the form of a deep Kev Blow free-kick. He swung the ball to the back-post and right winger Ian Jeffery came close to converting.

Coventry Saints had the best chance to go ahead, as Hirsi played a clever ball in behind the defence to Coe who was coming inside off the left flank. As the ball bounced, Coe’s run took him in-between the centre-back and the goalkeeper and his header hit the side netting.

Trinity had a chance straight after, as the right midfield player cut back inside and put a left footed cross into the forward who headed wide.

All level at the break.

Again in the second half, the sides were to match each other for energy.

Bennett pressed from kick off and the ball broke free for Jeffrey. He drove down the right hand side and crossed in. The Trinity defenders didn’t deal with the cross and the ball fell to Coe with his back to goal. He squared the ball to Wilkinson, who like his name-sake Jonny, was in football’s equivalent to the fly-half position, set on the edge of the box for the perfect goal – in this case a right-footed curling strike into the right hand side of the goal. 1-0 to Saints.

Trinity were to reply almost instantly though. The ball given away from Saints and the team made to pay, as the Trinity forward equalized. 1-1.

The game was a stale-mate for a little while. McCallister was brought on for Sephton and the pack was shuffled.

As Coventry Saints grew in confidence it looked a matter of when, not if.

Coe was replaced by Large and the shape was changed again. Could either team get the elusive goal?

Trinity came close with the central midfielder hitting the outside of the post from around 30 yards out.

It was winger turned full back, Jeffrey who did manage to break the deadlock, a long-range effort that caught the opposition keeper off-guard. 2-1 Saints.

Again, the woodwork denied Trinity as a shot ricochet off the Saints keeper, Davies, and onto the post, only to be collected by Davies.

Saints managed to see off the game, as some intricate passing from Hirsi, Bennett and White resulted in Adam Hirsi slipping a ball through to striker Lee Bennett. He faked with the left, cutting inside the defender and slotting underneath the opposition goalkeeper. Final score 3-1 Saints.

A closely contested match, with chances for both sides and a game played in excellent spirit. In the end a resilient performance from Saints to take away the three points as they edge up the table and into second.

Line-up: Scott Davis, Ben Gaut, Phil Thompson, Kevin Blow, Mark Sephton, Adam Hirsi, Rich Wilkinson, Dan White ©, Ian Jeffrey, Lee Bennett, James Coe
Subs: Callum McAllister, Will Large
Manager: Mark Sephton

Man of the Match: Rich Wilkinson – back into the starting XI, Wilkinson was instrumental in breaking up play and starting attacks from midfield, giving the team energy and discipline. His goal broke the deadlock and he showed outstanding composure to curl the ball into the net – an excellent all-round performance.

Meredith 1 BEC 2 Match Report SD

 

Both teams went into the game unbeaten in their first two games. A top two in the table clash which was tight and tense from start to finish. Meredith started quickest putting early pressure on BEC which was rewarded when Joel Harding scored (with his brand new boots- photo) within the first 5 minutes. For much of the first half Meredith soaked up a lot of pressure but Nathan Faulkner, goalkeeper, was not troubled only being called to make the occasional save as the defence dealt with each attack comfortably. 1-0 at half time.

Meredith came out a lot stronger and more focused second half but were soon to be slowed down when BEC were awarded a penalty as Darius Bristow was adjudged to have brought down an opposing player. The Meredith players and bench were not happy with this decision as they felt the ball was played, but the referees decision stood and the penalty was converted, 1-1.

This seemed to spur Meredith on as for much of the second half they put the BEC defense under pressure. Early on two very clear opportunities were spurned, chances they would rue. During a 5 minute attacking spell Meredith hit the post four times, the bar twice and the BEC keeper pulled off a worldy of a save. The best opportunity was a header from Harding which looked to be going in, and had the player and team celebrating, only to see it hit the woodwork.

BEC were very unlucky not to be awarded a second penalty when Scott Bambrick clearly brought down their striker in the box with only a corner given by the referee.

The game looked to be heading for a draw but BEC won a series of throwings and a corner in the last minutes. With only seconds on the clock BEC launched a final throw into the Meredith penalty area, the throw was met by the head of the defending Kyle Aubrey for him only to see it hit the back of his own net! He was devastated, as were the whole of the Meredith team. For BEC it was pure joy as they stole a late victory taking them clear top of the league.

Final score MRBCFC 1 BEC 2

 

Arypt 7 Elim 5 Match Report JC

A glorious day of sunshine at Ullathorne made for a great game of football. The match finally began, late because of a change in pitch. Elim started the brightest. Creating chances and carving through the ARYPT defence with ease. Elim went one up with a speculative effort from wide right, it was a great strike that sailed into the bottom left corner. Soon after it was two with an easy through-ball and smart finish.

ARYPT then got a foothold in the game after a tactical change, playing good football keeping the ball on the floor, a nice move down the right and a beautiful cross into the box followed by a powerful finish from Bradley Prior for two one. ARYPT were then playing some nice football pushing to get level. Elim hit ARYPT on the break with another superb through ball, the striker one on one shot over the bar, the keeper clattered into the forward and the referee awarded a penalty. Strongly contested by ARYPT. Elim buried it for 3-1. Elim then made it 4-1 with a good finish.

ARYPT kept heads high and pushed hard for a goal to get back into the game and their efforts were rewarded with a fantastic finish from centre back Craig Eaves, a shot from just outside the box into the bottom right hand corner of the net. ‘Take a bow son’. The come back was on. 4-2.

ARYPT continued to show great character and desire and pulled back another after some neat football and firm finish from Hugh Williams. ARYPT kept up the pressure before half time and grabbed another goal with a great strikers finish by Rob Spillane making it 4-4 at half time. The game was in the balance with two teams really pushing hard for the win, a fantastic advert for the church league.

The second half started less frantically with both teams playing good football trying to get a break through. A contested free kick saw the ARYPT captain sent off for foul and abuse language. A surprise to all!

ARYPT had their backs to the wall for 5 minutes getting the 10 men organised, Elim took advantage of this and scored after a scramble in the box. 5-4 to Elim.

The setback didn’t deter ARYPT who kept pushing and pushing for an equaliser. The passion and commitment payed off with a lovely move and finish. 5-5. Even with 10 men ARYPT kept pressing for the winner.

Another tactical decision and some fresh legs changed the game. ARYPT keep the pressure on with the red card galvanising the team. A corner into the box and some pulling and pushing, a penalty award to ARYPT. Up stepped Ryan Welsh, it was never in doubt with a calm finish into the bottom left corner. 6-5.

Elim then started to push more for an equalisers, ARYPT held firm and had some good chances on the break. Elim kept pushing and pushing but ARYPT had the answers. ARYPT managed to capitalise after some great work from Sean Langford breaking up play in midfield and Rob Spillane scored his well deserved hat-trick.

What a great game with two teams fighting for the win, an absolutely brilliant advert for the league.

 

Athletic Mosaic 4 Meredith Road 2 Cup Game Match Report SD

A highly competitive game as the league champions Mosaic took on the league and cup runners up Meredith Road in the first Group A game of this year’s competition. After an end to end start to the game, with Mosaic’s pace causing Meredith some worries and with high pressure being put on the Mosaic back four at the other end, both goal keepers were busy

(Photo: Mosaic Keeper making a save from a Kyle Aubrey shot). It was Meredith who scored first when their new signing, from Elim, Stuart Wheatcroft followed in on a saved shot to put the ball in the net. Mosaic soon equalised with the Meredith Keeper beaten at his near post. A great first half of football ended with score at 1 all.

Meredith found the second half to be frustrating, which was not helped by the referee. Early on a Mosaic player was judged to have been held back in box and they were awarded a penalty. The penalty was initially saved by the keeper only to be put in net on the follow up. Mosaic then scored another making it 3-1. The game was sealed as the Mosaic striker was fouled in the box with the resulting penalty converted, after a retake for encroachment. Meredith kept the pressure on throughout the game with a very well taken consolation goal from Kurtis Luford.

A great game of football played in a good spirit by both teams, final score 4-2, Meredith making it hard for themselves if they want to make another Final.

 

St John Fisher 0 Elim 1 Match Report RI

St John 0-Elim Pentecostal FC 1

Saturday 30th September marked the first cup game of the season for both teams New to the Coventry Church league St Johns Fisher welcomed Elim Pentecostal FC .

St John was on paper the better team after having already recorded a win in the league, as for Elim they have only managed a draw in the League so far.
Elim had a host of attacking options to welcome back after their last game which was a defeat to Meredith 2-0 .

St john went for the standard 4-4-2 formation.
Elim player manger Ryan Ireland went for a 4-1-4-1 formation.
St John’s started the better of the two teams and looked to try and pass their way through to Ireland goal. It took around midway in the first half for Elim to really click as a team and trouble St John’s an early chance which came to Moroney who narrowly place a left footed shot over the opposition bar. The game seemed well balanced and both teams seemed comfortable in attacking areas.

The first half possession belonged mainly to St John’s who seemed comfortable with the ball. Elim had not really got out of first gear and this was noted by manger Ryan Ireland finally when the whistle blew for half time Ireland summoned his team “ I dont care if we lose guys but I want to know we gave everything in the game so be prepared to task some risk lads”.

The second half saw Elim look a lot more comfortable on the ball and the team talk looked to have given the players confidence to go and grab the game by the scuff off the neck.

Elim looked like a changed team and defensive midfielder Hurry decided to man mark tall St Johns central midfielder who seemed the catalyst for all of St Johns positive work.

The game deadlock was finally broken when referee gave a free kick midway into St John’s half for a mis-timed tackle. The responsibility of taking the free kick came to Moroney who delivered the ball high in the St Johns box into 6’7″ central defender Reid who was by far the tallest player on the pitch who coolly nodded the ball down to right winger Aidan Rhodes, who found himself in a bit of space in the box and calmly slotted the ball under St John’s keeper.

The Elim goal gave the players a tremendous lift and you could see in all the players even from Abba Beko on his debut for Elim who calmly spun his marker around and picked out a pass to scorer Rhodes. Elim had a good range of youth and mature players who have been with the club for many years. It was now down to them to help guide the youth through the game and try and secure their first win of the season.

St John really threw everything at Elim after going a goal down and were unlucky not to be level in the game even their keeper tried to grab a late goal to at least level up the scores.

In the latter stages of the game St John substitute striker managed to wiggle free from defender Reid in Elim’s area near the touchline who upended the striker and the referee had no doubt in his mind to award the penalty kick. Defender Reid just looked astonished with the decision to award the penalty and knew he might have just cost his team a vital win.

Now it was in the hands off player manger Ireland to see if he could keep his clean sheet that would see Elim with their first win of the season. St Johns fans were all jumping up and down and making their voices heard.

The game was now in the hands of two players. St John’s penalty taker did not look comfortable taking the penalty he stroked the ball right down the middle, Ireland managed to push the ball over his bar and out for a corner.

St John after that still looked to try and make amends for their penalty miss but the game was finally up a few minutes after their penalty kick . Elim grabbed their first win of the season and hope that there are many more good results to come in the future.

Ireland after the game said “ I wanted to dive left for the penalty but the pitch was too boggy and couldn’t move my feet but luckily the player just kicked It down the middle and I managed to push it over the bar .“ .

 

Cov Saints 4 Wanderers 2 Cup Match report JC

By James Coe

Another well-rounded performance from Saints, seeing off Wanderers for the second time in two matches, this time in the cup.

The game started fairly end-to-end, with both teams having a share of chances – the best of which fell to Wanderers in the opening exchanges; Scott Davis denying the opposition strikers on several occasions.

It was Saints who drew first blood though, with excellent pressure from the midfield three. It was Dan White who managed to loop a ball towards Lee Bennett, who in turn showed pace and strength to break through one on one.

Bennett converted with a deft lob to the goalkeeper’s left. 1-0 Saints.

Saints converted again after Tom Partridge was fouled roughly 25 yards from goal. The provider turned the scorer as Dan White stepped up and put the ball into the top right corner in spectacular style.

Dan White then had a goal disallowed, as his second free-kick of the game was ruled out – the linesman judged that James Cox was offside as he jumped over the ball. Still 2-0.

Saints had another chance to make it three, as Kevin Blow played a beautifully weighted ball out to the Saints’ left hand side. Winger James Coe brought the ball down and delivered a deep cross to the arriving Callum McAllister, whose volley was narrowly past the post.

2-0 to Saints at the break.

Saints had created chances in the first half, but still hadn’t found their final gears to see off the match. After pressing well and keeping the ball for longer periods, the second half was looking more like the Saints we have seen over the last few matches.

Ben Gaut came on at right back to replace Phil Thompson as the second half resumed.

The third goal came as Lee Bennett drove down the right hand channel and pulled back a ball towards James Coe. After an initial right footed shot was blocked by the defender, Coe finished with his left just a few yards from goal. 3-0 Saints.

Rich Wilkinson joined the game in the second half and his energy and work rate helped continue Saints’ good pressure and create chances going forward.

There were several opportunities from wide areas, crosses, corners and channel balls, but the Wanderer’s keeper was having an excellent game, denying Saints on several opportunities.

It was Wanderers who managed to draw the next blood, as a snapshot from the edge of the area wrong footed Scott Davis in the Saints goal and found the back of the net. 3-1.

Wanderers began to enjoy a few spells of possession and looked to close in on the Saints’ goal in similar fashion to the game two weeks previous.

The away side struck again, as a low cross from the centre midfielder found the late arriving player at the back post. He tapped the ball home from close range. 3-2.

Jonathan Stobart came on in a more advanced role, adding some additional energy and a more defensive mindset to the right wing.

Saints came agonisingly close as McAllister drove forward and played a ball into the left hand channel. Coe in turn crossed early and it was a whisker away from the diving Wilkinson, who was about an inch away from making it four.

Wilkinson then surged down the right hand side and his pulled back cross was a perfect height for super striker Dan White to head home at the front post. 4-2 to Saints.

Some good football played, with the game being played in a great spirit from both sides. In the end the final quality of the home side and their resolute defending saw Saints take home the spoils.

 

Line-up: Scott Davis, Phil Thompson, James Cox, Kevin Blow ©, Mark Sephton, Adam Hirsi, Callum McAllister, Dan White, Tom Partridge, Lee Bennett, James Coe
Subs: Ben Gaut, Rich Wilkinson, Jonathan Stobart
Manager: Mark Sephton

Man of the Match: Dan White – showing why he is a ruthless goalscorer with two goals (one of which was an outstanding free kick) and an assist to help Saints to the win.

 

Steve Ward Tribute

A last match was held at Coundon Hall Park on 23 September to say goodbye to Affinity and to give a deserved thanks to Steve Ward for his years as a player and manager.

Gifts were passed to Steve from the many who came to play and they also gave generously towards 2 charities, Mind and Diabetes UK and raised £300.

The game was kindly refereed by Dave Copping and was played between Affinity 2017 and Affinity Old Boys. In an open affair the result was 10-6 to Old Boys.

 

AFC Hope 0 Mosaic 1 Match Report PW

Defending champions Atheletico Mosaic bounced straight back with a win on their second game of the season after losing to BEC on the opening day. In an evenly matched game AFC Hope and Mosaic countered each other out on a remarkably small pitch where one goal would separate the Championship chasing teams.

 

 

At half time, the honours were even at 0-0, but it could have been a deluge of goals, but for some outstanding saves from both keepers. In the second half no team was dominant; each had their chances in an often messy game where finding possession in midfield held the keys to easily pushing forward toward the opposition goal owing to the size of the pitch.

 

 

 

There was still plenty of quality being played when AFC were in possession in their own half and after Mosaic helmsman, Tom Murphy scored with 15 minutes to go. Despite attempts from AFC to get an equalizer the strong backline of Mosaic was more than a match for the AFC onslaught that petered out quickly. By then Mosaic were playing some of their best football of the game even threatening to double their lead.

 

 

This game was always going to be low own goals scored and a draw would have been a fair result that both teams would have accepted. However, in a league competition that is always going to be tight at the top this season, one goal was the differences between 3 vital points and leaving the park with nothing.

Cov Saints 5 Wanderers 1 Match report JC

Coventry Saints 5 – 1 Wanderers 

By James Coe

A solid, warranted win for the Saints, after a dominant performance in all areas of the pitch, leaving the home side third in the table.

The game started fairly evenly, with both side enjoying spells of possession, but it was Coventry Saints winger Ian Jeffery who was getting the most joy down the Saints’ right hand side.

His persistent running got the team into good attacking positions, however the Saints forwards just couldn’t carve out the opportunity to break the deadlock.

It was Saints who looked the more likely to score and this did eventually come midway through the first half. Front man Lee Bennett found space on the right-hand side, standing up a lofted cross to the back post which was volleyed into the roof of the net by winger James Coe. 1-0 to the home side.

Saints continued to ramp up the pressure, with the best chance of the remainder of the half falling to Michael Sullivan. His low strike from range was blocked by the opposing keeper and the follow up was struck over the crossbar from Coe.

1-0 at the break.

Saints started the second half well and continued to make progress in the Wanderer’s full back areas. After winning a corner on the right hand side, James Coe’s left-footed delivery was converted by captain Kev Blow, heading in at the back post after a well-timed run. 2-0 to Saints.

An easy day at the office? Wanderers didn’t get the memo. They converted from a long throw in and the momentum was now with the away side. Could Saints quash the pressure? 2-1.

It was Wanderers who began to create some dangerous attacks, the game hanging in the balance. Saints’ keeper Scott Davis pulled off a world-class double save as the striker looked clean through on goal, saving the first shot low down and extending to reach the second attempt.

It was time for Saints to create more chances of their own and the home side began to show their quality. A second corner from Coe was looped high and after it rebounded from a combination of the goalkeeper and the crossbar, striker Lee Bennett was in the perfect position to head home. 3-1 to Saints.

Captain Kev Blow had to be withdrawn after an outstanding defensive block saw him pick up an injury in the process. James Cox came on in his place to keep the defence solid and Callum McAllister came into the game in an advanced midfield position in place of Tom Partridge.

Ian Jeffery’s constant running had been a problem for the Wanderers defence for the entirety of the game and his drive to the by-line and pull back was dispatched on the half volley, low into the bottom corner by substitute Callum McAllister. 4-1 Saints.

Last game’s man of the match, Adam Hirsi, had a notable break from midfield deep into the second half, but the return pass to him from a one-two was slightly over hit.

Saints’ final goal came in the shape of a Lee Bennett header – a well-deserved brace for the striker. The ball was worked well across the midfield and into the left channel and winger James Coe delivered the ball deep to the back post. Bennett and Jeffery were queuing up and it was the Saints number 11 who headed back across the goal in textbook style. 5-1 Saints, game over.

In the end a deserved win for the home team, but a game played in excellent spirit from both sides – firm but fair. The referee allowed the game to flow and this created the opportunity for both sides to play some good, passing football.

Coventry Saints now bolster their campaign with a move up into third position.
Line-up: Scott Davis, Jonathan Stobart, Phil Thompson, Kevin Blow ©, Ben Gaut, Michael Sullivan, Adam Hirsi, Tom Partridge, Ian Jeffery, Lee Bennett, James Coe
Subs: James Cox, Callum McAllister
Manager: Mark Sephton

Man of the Match: Scott Davis, excellent handling and kicking throughout and an outstanding double save in the second-half to keep the score at 2-1, allowing Saints to go on and finish off the game.