Ravens Suffer Injury Time Heartbreak
Missed chances cost Coalville again
Coalville were left frustrated again as they lost out to an injury time goal against Stafford Rangers. The Ravens named an unchanged side from Monday's game against Gresley.
The game opened at a frenetic pace with Stafford having an early chance from header which was well saved by Sean Bowles. This was followed soon after with a Coalville corner that Jamie McAteer headed towards the goal but it was cleared off the line by Stafford's Matthew Wood.
Peter Till was next to try his luck for the visitors as his long range swerving shot effort was saved by Bowles. The game was end to end with both sides testing each other. The Ravens best chance in the half fell to Jake Woolley in the 18th minute. Nat Watson's free kick was flicked on by McAteer and Woolley's back header looked to be going in until Adam Whitehouse produced a magnificent save to claw the ball away from under the cross bar.
The game was held up for 10 minutes as Stafford's Stanley Mugisha and Nathan Smith clashed heads as they went up for a header. After both had received lengthy treatment they returned to the pitch both sporting heavy bandages on their heads.
Deep into the added time Stafford were awarded a free kick on the right hand side. This was floated in and Christain Dacres rose highest to plant his header past Bowles and give the visitors a half time lead.
The second half began with Coalville pushing for an equaliser and Watson had two early chances that were well saved by Whitehouse again. Dean that hit a powerful shit but was he was also thwarted by The Boro stopper.
Stafford almost increased their lead through Dacres after he played a one two with Nick Wellcomme but his shot went just over the cross bar.
Substitute Josh Morrall followed up a clearence from a corner but his long range effort was just off target. With 74 minutes on the clock The Ravens were awarded a free kick which Watson crossed in. McAteer controlled the ball on his chest then flicked it past his marker and half volleyed the ball past Whitehouse to bring the scores level.
Just as it looked as though Coalville had got a deserved point from the game they were undone in injury time. Bowles played a short goal kick out in an attempt to run down time but Stafford quickly won the ball back and Jazz Luckie raced through and slotted the ball past Bowles for a winner with virtually the last kick of the game to keep their play off hopes alive.