St John Fisher 4 Holy Trinity 1 Match report MM


St John Fisher recorded their first ever league win, with a 4-1 victory over Holy Trinity.

After a cagey opening 10 minutes, Fishers took the lead through Man of the Match, Danny Peak, who latched on to a through ball, calmly finishing from a tight angle.

Opportunities came and went begging for Holy Trinity, who were denied the chance to equalise thanks a to a superb double save from Fishers keeper, Michael McCann.

Fishers capitalised shortly after and made it 2-nil. After some great work from midfielder Sean Taggart, striker Jack Kemp, broke behind the Trinity back line and slotted home for his second goal in two games.

Fishers weren’t finished thou, as Ryan Leybourne added a third before half time, rifling home from inside the Trinity box.

Half time came and went before Fishers added a 4th. The impressive Jaime O’Hara, scoring what was the pick of the goals. The central midfielder provided an emphatic finish, firing home from outside the area, to round off a stunning Fishers move, which included 16 passes without reply.

Fishers failed to add a 5th after a host of chances and were made to pay, as Holy Trinity’s number 9, rounded the Fishers keeper to slot home a consolation for the away side.

The win lifts Fishers in to 6th spot, with Elim FC up next for the Wyken side.


St John Fisher Manager, Michael McCann:

“We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, but we are delighted with today’s win. It was cagey and tense at times, but we managed the game well and took our chances when they came. We played some great football at times and I’m delighted with the effort of our boys. Full credit to Holy Trinity, they are a good side and I’m sure they will pick up results this season.”

St John Fisher 4 Holy Trinity 1 Match Report TH

St John Fisher 4 Holy Trinity 1

Holy Trinity finished their second game of the season against new boys St John Fisher with a 4-1 defeat.
Trinity were keen to get their season off to a win following their 2-2 draw against Elim two weeks prior whilst Fisher would have been keen to turn around their 9-2 defeat for their opening game at home.

Prior to the game, it was announced that Nutting will take up the captaincy for Trinity this season who we all wish the best of luck and are sure he will do a great job of skippering Trinity. There were also new faces in the Trinity camp following a recruitment drive to the team who we wish the best of luck in their time with the team. There was also the return of Foster in central defence to partner Nutting.

The game started fairly evenly with Trinity starting out making plenty of attacks down the right wing in the first ten minutes but nothing clear cut came to avail. The game then became more even with Fisher coming back into the game and playing some good football.
It was the home side who broke the deadlock first. An attack into the penalty area took multiple ricochets before Fisher slammed the ball home to make it 1-0.

Trinity tried to forge a way back in but were held up by a hardworking midfield and a sturdy defence to prevent the visitors drawing back level. Fisher’s advantage however, clearly seemed to spark confidence in the team and were prevented from furthering their lead but for a couple of saves from Hargreaves.

Fisher’s persistence however finally bore fruit when they doubled their lead following an attack into the penalty area with a one on one and then further extended their lead shortly afterwards to make it 3-0 towards the end of the first half.

Having read that the margin of Fisher’s defeat wasn’t a fair reflection of their previous game, it was evident that this was a fair statement from their previous opponents Meredith. Trinity in the meantime wouldn’t be blamed for feeling shell-shocked!

Trinity however didn’t cave in following the goals and managed to forge some good moves; the fast pace of Smith and some stubborn moves brought out a couple of decent blocks from the Fisher keeper along with a solid back line.
Half time came and the scoreline remained at 3-0. Shortly into the first half, Fisher scored yet again to make it 4-0 with a powerful shot right down the middle of the goal. Trinity however salvaged some pride by pulling a goal back midway through the second half; a good attack down the middle resulted in Black making it 4-1.

A goal apiece in the second half is what both teams ended up with. Barring a couple of saves a piece from both keepers, neither keeper had any other significant contributions to make. Fisher were doing more of the attacking with some good passing and movement but equally, Trinity were there to cut out the attacks with the defence looking more resolute in the second period. Trinity furthermore looked for a second goal to reduce the deficit but this time, it was only in vain.

Trinity will ultimately feel disappointed by not being able to win following the draw with Elim, but will take positives in drawing the second half and with playing much better football in that period combined with having new faces in the team. Hopefully having the team gel with the new faces and consistency in playing will start to yield better results over time.

For Fisher, with a performance like that, other teams may well start viewing them as tough opponents and they will probably beat a few teams over the season.

Cov Saints 5 Wanderers 1 Match Report DL

Saints march in as Wanderers left rocking at Graceland.

Cov Saints 5 The Wanderers (QRBC) 1

In a six goal thriller, the Wanderers were left in a nightmare, their defence frozen, paralysed, as the beastly Lee Bennett struck with a brace, heading the Saints up the table and leaving the Wanderers to close their eyes and hope that this was just in their imaginations.

After an evenly balanced opening 20 minutes, which saw three long-range shots on target from the Wanderers, Coventry Saints gained a throw in on the right. Quickly taken by Lee Bennett, the ball was returned to him over the left back’s head. Bennett’s beautifully weighted, looping cross to the far post evaded the right back and was volleyed into the roof of the net by the Saints late arriving left winger. 1-0.

And more was to come in that vein. Three lofted crosses, three headers converted. And just for variety, a goal from a low shot into the bottom left corner after an excellent cut back from the bye line.

But this would be to greatly understate the Wanderers contribution to a really enjoyable match. With 12 shots on target other than the goal, QRBC never looked out of the game. After forcing an excellent double save from the Saints’ keeper mid way through the second half and two goal line clearances, The Wanderers might well count themselves unlucky. Certainly, the Saints seem blessed to have converted 5 of their 7 chances on target.

The Wanderers – the Queens Road team that has, phoenix like, risen again after several seasons dormant – must be hoping that this baptism of fire is only required once, but with the same fixture to be played in the cup next week, they might well fear that it is a result to be born again…

Elim 0 Meredith Road 2 Match Report SD



A tough day out for Meredith as they faced Elim at the Memorial Park. Elim had a number of players missing, meaning their manager Ryan Ireland needed to go in goal, as they sought to better last season’s result where they had lost 6-0 to Meredith.

The first half was very competitive with Meredith putting a lot of pressure on the Elim defence. They had a number of shots but many were off target although one great shot from Kyle Aubrey was saved brilliantly by the stand in keeper (photo).


The score was 0-0 at half time.

The second half was much of the same with Meredith continuing to put the pressure on and Elim defending strongly. A substitution was made by Meredith, with Kurtis Ludford coming on for Luke Sampson, which had an immediate impact as he ran down the left wing and pulled the ball back across the edge of the box, the resulting shot was saved by Ireland but the loose ball fell to the feet of Darius Bristow who put the ball in net at the back post. 1-0 to Meredith.

A sense of relief came over Meredith as the game continued with some frustration beginning to show from both teams at times.

Meredith’s second goal was a bit of a scrappy affair, the ball was crossed in with the Keeper attempting to punch the ball clear twice, Elim couldn’t clear their lines and eventually the ball fell at the feet of Darius Bristow once again who took the opportunity and netted his second goal.

A hard fought victory for Meredith against a strong battling Elim side with the game ending 2-0.



AFC Hope 0 Athletico 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 playedwhen AFC were in possession in their own half and after Mosaic helmsman, TomMurphy 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.

Holy Trinity 2 Elim 2 Match Report

After last years 7 goal thriller and EPFC’s last minute winner, this years contest was always going to be tight. A beautiful day in the north of Coventry saw these two teams battle it out.

Holy Trinity controlling most of the early parts of the game playing the ball extremely well down both wings. A few half chances for both teams but nothing really on target and first 20 minutes of the match went by before the first talking point, a beautiful top corner save at full stretch by Elim’s manager come stand-in goalkeeper, Ryan Ireland. Shorter after a spell of pressure from Holy trinity and the deadlock was broken. EPFC gave the ball away cheaply after successfully clearing a corner, leaving the defence open and vulnerable. Holy Trinities let wing, slotting the ball past the keeper.

Shortly after half time came more pressure from Holy Trinity, a ball over the top in which the Elim defence left under the presumption the Holy Trinity attacker was offside saw no whistle from the referee, lifting the ball over the onrushing keeper. Finding themselves 2-0 down EPFC had to dig deep. Left Back Gary Baldwin stopped the ball up deep in his own half. ‘Route One’ was on the agenda and played the ball over the Holy Trinity defence to Matt Moroney who placing the ball to the keepers right. Some good play by both teams followed and valiant defending meant that neither keeper was troubled too much until the last minute of injury time. Moroney with an in swinging corner, headed on by young captain Ben Clark which nestled towards Marvin Hurry with an athletic bicycle kick drew EPFC level.

With no more time on the clock the honours were even. A fair result from a very competitive game.


Holy Trinity 2 Elim 2 Match Report



Holy Trinity began their season at home in a game which finished honours even.
The home side was skippered by Nutting; Holy Trinity’s player of the season last year. With two sub players to choose from along with new faces and positives taken from Trinity’s final pre-season match last week, the confidence was flowing more today than in previous games.
Trinity started the better side and were indeed carving out the bulk of the chances. A couple of flurries came Elim’s way, but it wasn’t substantial to mount a serious threat to the Trinity defence.

Elim’s goalkeeper in the opening stages was clearly the busier of the two and he had to pull off a smart save to stop Trinity breaking the deadlock. Elim came pressing again; but didn’t have enough in the locker to get a shot on target.
Midway through the first half, the deadlock was broken. Smith had been keeping the Elim defence busy with his runs down the left flank and cut in to unleash an unstoppable right foot shot which this time, the Elim goalkeeper could do nothing about.

For the remainder of the first half, possession and attacking were fairly even with neither goalkeeper troubled and so it finished at half time 1-0 to Trinity.
One of Trinity’s troubles last season was giving away goals in a short space of time when in winning or drawing positions. Come the start second half, Trinity doubled their lead; a good attacking move combined with a defensive mix up at the back allowed Westwood to open his account for the season.

The Trinity goal had seemed to kick Elim into gear and indeed they halved the deficit midway through the second half. A long ball over the top resulted in a defensive mix up at the back which allowed Elim to lob the ball over the onrushing Hargreaves in goal to make it 2-1.

Trinity however kept their positivity and shape and forged a couple of good attacks but couldn’t find an elusive third goal which probably would have killed the game off.
The last ten minutes saw Elim throw everything forward to search for an equaliser. Nutting and Guru were resolute at the back along with Shineton and Milla on the right and left flanks respectively. Elim still pressed and Hargreaves managed to make a smart save from an Elim header which was cleared by Shineton on the rebound.

Elim however still continued to show their stubbornness and were rewarded with an equaliser in stoppage time. A corner came in from the left hand side and the ball in the centre was overhead kicked right in between Hargreaves and Shineton on the line to make it 2-2.
There was barely time to take stock with the whistle blowing about a minute later so it finished honours even for the two teams in the opening game of the campaign.

For Elim, the result will probably feel like a win for them having fought back from 2-0 in the second half. For Trinity however, the result will probably be the opposite throughout the camp.

Arypt 3 AFC Hope 8 Match Report

During a fine summers morning, on a freshly trimmed Whitley common, AFC Hope and ARYPT kicked off the season in a tensely fought goal-fest.

The first half started brightly for the leagues new-boys as they took the lead with Nick Walker carefully teeing up Martin Gormley to slot home the first. AFC Hope continued to further press the ARYPT defence with Gormley adding a second.

However, ARYPT were not giving up that easy, as the tables turned and they won their self a penalty, which was saved initially by the goalkeeper but was put away on the rebound to make it 2-1. Walker soon made it 3-1 shortly after with a side footed finesse into the bottom corner. But again ARYPT fought hard to come back and produced their second, from a lovely bit of counter-attacking football. 3-2 at the end of the first half.

The second half saw Hope extend their lead further with Thompson and Gormley combining to complete the hat-trick and make it 4-2. ARYPT defended brilliantly and kept battling on but Hope added another through Walker’s perseverance, (which could may have well gone in off an ARYPT defender) but he claimed the goal.

Gormley claimed his 4th to make it 6-2, with the seventh coming from a Bosko Balaban-esque finish from the bearded LB Thomas Hall. ARYPT claimed a consolation late on through pride and determination to make the game 7-3. The final attack allowed Hall to smoothly tee up Thompson to lift the ball over the goalkeepers head.

Final score: AFC Hope 8 – 3 ARYPT
MOM: Alex Thompson – For his energy, enthusiasm and his role in creating many opportunities for the Hope lads.


Lowfors 2 Cov Saints 2 Match report

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.

Comeback on?

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.

Meredith 9 St John Fisher 2 Match Report

Last year’s league and cup runners up Meredith Road have started the season with a flying start with a 9 – 2 victory at home to league new boys St John Fisher. The score didn’t reflect the quality of the game though as it was a great contest for 90 minutes with the score 4-0 at half time. Meredith took their chances well with a great second half hatrick from Darren Evans (photo). Meredith’s other goals were shared between Scott Bambrick, Harley Francis and Kyle Aubrey with two each.