Lowfors 2 – 2 Coventry Saints
By James Coe
A hard fought game that saw the Saints come back from a deficit of two goals to finish level.
Lowfors started on the front foot, pressing the ball high up the pitch and getting in behind the Saints’ defence on several occasions. Keeping up the constant pressure, they were able to win a succession of corners and put together some dangerous attacks, getting the ball in from wide positions and using the channels effectively.
Saints were resilient and defended well, but struggled to carve out a clear-cut opportunity until late in the first half, when Tom Partridge’s deep cross from the right wing found James Coe at the back post. His side-footed volley was cleared off the line and despite Saints’ appeals to the referee; he deemed that the ball had not crossed the line.
Dan White and Lee Bennett had half chances from the edge of the area, but there was little joy for Coventry Saints in the first half in the form of any attacking threat.
Whilst Lowfors played the better football in the first half, Saints defended well and both sides went into half time level.
0-0 at the break.
The second half started lively, with both teams enjoying spells with the ball, but it was Lowfors who capitalised first. A surge down the Saints’ left saw a firm, low, cross fired across the box, where the ball was turned in at the back post with a well timed sliding finish. 1-0 Lowfors.
Saints were beginning to get more joy in the attacking areas and it looked like Lee and Dan would combine for a goal, but for the Lowfors defence. They battled hard and the game remained in the balance.
The home side looked to have sealed the game after an error from the Saints goalkeeper. His clearance saw the ball gifted at the forward’s feet. The player showed good composure to loft the ball into the un-manned Saints goal, making it 2-0 to Lowfors.
Down and out? Not on the Coventry Saints’ watch.
Saints began to play more aggressively and the midfield energy from Adam Hirsi and Richard Wilkinson complimented the Saints’ attack.
The Saints’ comeback came in the form of a Coe cross from the left hand side – or at least that was how it was meant. The over-hit cross caught the keeper off guard, who preceded to spill the ball into the net. 2-1.
Saints best opportunity following the goal was a Tom Partridge free kick from the left hand side. The ball was struck well, beating the wall and dipping in-front of the keeper, narrowly missing the far post.
Saints were pushing hard for an equaliser and it was Adam Hirsi who was instrumental, clipping a beautifully weighted 20 yard chip over the Lowfors defence looking for the run of James Coe; he turned the ball goalwards underneath the keeper and onto Lee Bennett who stabbed the loose ball into the net. 2-2.
Emotions were high and it was easy to see by the reaction of the Saints’ players what this meant for the team.
There were flashes of the team’s fast attacking play throughout the match, however Lowfors kept the ball well and didn’t allow Saints to play their football. A frustrating match from a Saints’ point of view, however, an important point salvaged after going 2 goals down.
In the end a fair result, as the teams were tied at 2 goals a piece.
Line-up: Scott Davis, Ben Gaut, James Cox, Kevin Blow ©, Mark Sephton, Tom Partridge, Adam Hirsi, Richard Wilkinson, James Coe, Lee Bennett, Dan White
Subs: Jonathan Stobart, Will Large, Phil Thompson
Man of the Match: Adam Hirsi – excellent energy from midfield, exceptional work-rate and helped the team in both breaking up play and creating attacks.