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Captain Kev Blow had to be withdrawn after an outstanding defensive block saw him pick up an injury in the process.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.