Ravens Edge Past Warwick To Progress In FA Cup
Coalville came out on top in this Emirates FA Cup First Qualifying clash at the Mander Cruickshank Solicitors Stadium. It was a scrappy affair with the hosts shading it but were made to work hard for the victory by the visitors
In the opening moments the hosts went on the attack’s and a through ball to forward Tolani Omotola saw him bear down on goal but Warwick’s keeper Charlie Bannister raced out of his box and out in a sliding tackle to clear the danger.
With just 11 minutes on the clock The Ravens broke the deadlock. Tim Berridge flicked the ball over his head on the half way line and left Jamie Tank in his wake and put a low cross into the box which Otomoloa flicked into the bottom corner of the goal to put Coalville one up.
It was all Coalville pressure at this point and Andrew Wright forced a save from Bannister and Scott McManus saw a goal bound effort blocked by defender Sean Castleton.
Ryan Ebanks had made a bright start to the game and as he raced past Warwick left back Richard Powell he went down with an injury to his leg, the winger was unable to continue and was replaced by Lee Cox.
The lively as ever Tim Berridge was causing problems for the Warwick defence, the forward picked up the ball on the half way line before leaving three Warwick defenders in his wake before being brought down twenty yards out. The resulting free kick was taken by Scott McManus, his left footed low effort was inches wide after taking a slight deflection of a Warwick player.
The amount of chances were adding up now for Coalville, Tom McGlinchey played a neat one two with Tolani Omotola before McGlinchey's low effort was saved by Bannister, moments later Bannister was called into action again to deny McGlinchey with another low shot.
Omotola was showing his pace and power as he stood up Sean Castleton on the left wing before breezing past Castleton and driving into the box, the forward's attempted square ball across the box was blocked away by a Warwick defender to deny the waiting Berridge to double the Ravens lead.
On the stroke of half time Warwick danger man Trea Bertie used his pace to try and get past Kyle Bryant and the Ravens defender made a clumsy challenge. Referee Shaun Barry issued a yellow card and from the resultant free kick Martin Slevin hit it towards goal. Coalville goalkeeper Max Smith-Varnam looked like he had a regulation save to made but somehow in the wet conditions allowed the ball to squirm from his grip and into he back of the net for an equaliser in what was Warwick's first attempt of the game.
This goal galvanized Warwick and rocked the Ravens, in stoppage time Warwick almost went in front. Another piece of sloppy defending from Coalville saw Luke Cole unmarked in the middle of the box with an empty net to aim for and the ball at his feet. A last ditch tackle from McManus saved The Ravens day and sent the teams in level in a game that in truth Coalville should have been out of sight after 30 minutes.
The first real chance of the second half came 15 minutes in, Andrew Wright's corner was gathered by Scott McManus who passed back out to Wright, the midfielder took one touch onto his right foot and unleashed a powerful effort from just outside the penalty area on the right wing which Bannister touched onto the top of the crossbar.
Smith-Varnam was called into action moments later, Trea Bertie's cross from the left hand side was met by Ben Mackey but the forward headed into the hands of Smith-Varnam when he probably should have done better. Bertie was then shown a yellow card by the referee for simulation, the forward advanced into the box and as he came close to Smith-Varnam he already looked to be going down, the referee let the play go on as Coalville had the ball and then went back to book Bertie at the next stoppage.
The Ravens then had 3 chances in a 5 minute spell, firstly Joe Doyle-Charles tried an effort from just inside the penalty area which went narrowly over the bar, then Charlie Bannister under pressure from Tim Berridge miscued his clearance straight to McGlinchey who advanced into the box, Bannister redeemed himself with a fine save to turn McGlinchey's effort around the post. Joe Doyle-Charles then whipped in a dangerous low cross from the right hand side which just evaded Scott McManus by inches at the back post.
Coalville were finally back in front after 77 minutes, Tim Berridge laid the ball off to Andrew Wright who then found Tom McGlinchey in acres of space on the left wing, McGlinchey dragged in Castleton before dropping his shoulder and moving the ball on to his right foot bamboozling Castleton and finishing well low in to the bottom left corner.
McGlinchey then had a chance minutes later in almost a carbon copy move, this time Steve Towers picked out McGlinchey again in acres of space on the left, this time his low effort was saved well by Bannister.
Daniel Creaney had a chance to put the game to bed 3 minutes from time, the tireless Berridge hassled and harried Castleton on the right flank before disposessing the Warwick defender of the ball, he then picked out the unmarked Creaney in the box but his shot was saved by the feet of Bannister who had produced a sterling performance to keep his side in the game.
This would prove to be the last chance of the game and the Ravens ran out 2-1 winners and now progress to the Second Round Qualifying of the FA Cup. The draw for the next round takes place on Monday at midday.