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J Archer (15')
Tue 15 Aug 19:45 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 173

Coalville’s First Home Game Ends in Narrow Defeat

A first half Jordan Archer strike was enough to condemn the Ravens to a second successive defeat.

Coalville failed to bounce back from their opening day defeat away to Farsley as they were beaten by a strong Stourbridge side, who only just missed out on promotion last term, losing 1-0 to Spennymoor in the NPL Play-off final following a 3rd place finish.

Tommy Brookbanks made two changes from Saturday’s loss, with Jermain Hollis, Ruben Derosiers and Joe Pegg coming into the fray in place of Alex Dean, Lee Torr and Dean Freeman.

After a tepid opening exchange, it was the away side that produced the first effort, Connor Gater found space on the edge of the box before seeing his driven shot comfortably parried by Matt Coton.

As the minutes ticked by, Stourbridge slowly began to crank up the pressure on the Ravens and they were rewarded in the 13th minute as the referee pointed to the spot after home debutant Ruben Derosiers brought down Jordan Archer in the box.

It was Archer who took the spot-kick, dusting himself down before tamely side footing his effort towards goal, resulting in an easy save for Coton low to his right.

The penalty acted as a wakeup call for Coalville, who responded with a chance of their own in the 15th minute. Joe Pegg dribbled down the left wing before cutting inside and curling a shot towards the top corner which was pawed away by Matthew Gould.

However, just a minute later Archer redeemed himself for the Glassboys as he opened the scoring. Coton managed to save his initial effort after the striker beat the offside trap, but he emphatically buried the rebound into an unguarded net.

Archer continued to cause problems for the Raven’s defence as in the 18th minute he was allowed a free header in the area, but the ball drifted into the grateful hands of Coton.

Blair Anderson almost found a spectacular equaliser in the 22nd minute as his in swinging wide free-kick cracked the bar.

As the match approached the half hour point Coalville produced a flurry of chances, with the Glassboys looking fragile.

There were headed chances for Steve Towers and Nathan Watson in quick succession on 30 minutes. Aris Christophorou beat Towers to the ball after Tom McGlinchey’s whipped cross before Watson headed wide after finding himself unmarked in the area following a corner, with the Ravens’ winger seemingly surprised the opposing keeper was unable to clear the ball.

There was however no excuse for Watson’s miss five minutes later as Anderson found him in the centre with a pin-point cross following a jinking run before Watson dragged his left foot shot wide from eight yards.

Towers kept the hosts in it minutes before half time, clearing Danny O’Callaghan’s bouncing goal bound effort off the line in the 41st minute.

After another tame start to a half, McGlinchey looked to liven the game up, skipping past two defenders before fizzing a shot into Gould’s grateful gloves.

The visitors had an equally presentable chance four minutes later, but Gater blazed his 20-yard effort over after Coalville failed to clear.

Ollie Bassett and Alex Dean were introduced on the hour mark in an attempt to give the Ravens fresh impetus, and it worked to an extent, with both Bassett and Dean showing flashes of promise, but ultimately the final ball was lacking.

Stourbridge substitute Leon Broadhurst almost doubled the visitors’ lead after 74 minutes, but he was denied by a crucial block from Derosiers after rounding Coton.

The Glassboys again went close in the latter stages as O’Callaghan headed against the crossbar before Archer failed to connect with the rebound from 5 yards.

As the game entered its closing stages, Coalville were in desperate need of a goal, yet a lack of urgency and quality in the final third as well as being tentative on the ball meant the Ravens failed to find that elusive equaliser.

Key moments

Goal Jordan Archer scores for Stourbridge


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80:00 Sub Off
Chris Knight is substituted off for Stourbridge
80:00 Sub On
Josh Green is substituted on for Stourbridge
77:00 Sub Off
Tom McGlinchey is substituted off for Coalville Town
77:00 Sub On
Dylan Garnett is substituted on for Coalville Town
70:00 Sub On
Brandon Hague is substituted on for Stourbridge
70:00 Sub Off
Jordan Murphy is substituted off for Stourbridge
64:00 Sub Off
Connor Gater is substituted off for Stourbridge
64:00 Sub On
Leon Broadhurst is substituted on for Stourbridge
62:00 Sub Off
Steve Towers is substituted off for Coalville Town
62:00 Sub Off
Blair Anderson is substituted off for Coalville Town
62:00 Sub On
Ollie Bassett is substituted on for Coalville Town
62:00 Sub On
Alex Dean is substituted on for Coalville Town
End of period 1
15:00 Goal 0 - 1
Jordan Archer scores for Stourbridge
13:00 Saved Penalty
Matthew Coton saves a penalty for Coalville Town
13:00 Missed Penalty
Jordan Archer misses a penalty for Stourbridge
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Coalville Town
  • Stourbridge
  • 0
  • Matthew Coton Saved Penalty 13:00'
  • Jordan Archer Missed Penalty 13:00'
  • Jordan Archer Goal 15:00'
  • Steve Towers Sub Off 62:00'
  • Blair Anderson Sub Off 62:00'
  • Ollie Bassett Sub On 62:00'
  • Alex Dean Sub On 62:00'
  • Connor Gater Sub Off 64:00'
  • Leon Broadhurst Sub On 64:00'
  • Brandon Hague Sub On 70:00'
  • Jordan Murphy Sub Off 70:00'
  • Tom McGlinchey Sub Off 77:00'
  • Dylan Garnett Sub On 77:00'
  • Chris Knight Sub Off 80:00'
  • Josh Green Sub On 80:00'

Team selection

  • 1. Matthew Gould
  • 2. Aris Chrisophorou
  • 3. Darryl Westlake
  • 4. Paul McCone
  • 5. Jack Duggan
  • 6. Connor Gater
  • 7. Aaron Forde
  • 8. Danny O'Callagahan
  • 9. Jordan Archer
  • 10. Jordan Murphy
  • 11. Chris Knight
  • 12. Ryan Rowe
  • 13. Stuart Pierpoint
  • 14. Leon Broadhurst
  • 15. Brandon Hague
  • 16. Josh Green

League round up

Other The EVO-STIK Premier Division results

Halesowen Town
Warrington Town
Hednesford Town
Nantwich Town
Rushall Olympic
Stafford Rangers
Whitby Town
Stalybridge Celtic


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League table

# Team Pl Pts
18. Rushall Olympic 46 54
19. Marine 46 53
20. Coalville Town 46 52
21. Whitby Town 46 50
22. Stalybridge Celtic 46 48
23. Halesowen Town 46 45
24. Sutton Coldfield Town 46 35

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