Ravens Rue Missed Chances as Second Half Warrington Display Spells a Third Defeat
After a tight first half Warrington dominated the second period, netting three goals without reply to ensure a third successive loss for the Ravens this season.
Following defeats to Farsley and Stourbridge, Coalville sought their first points of the 2017/18 season but ultimately came up short, with Sean Williams, Tony Gray and Joshua Hine sealing a second victory of the season for the visitors.
There were two changes made from Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat to Stourbridge, with Dean Freeman and Ollie Bassett replacing Lee Cox and Ruben Derosiers.
It was a stop-start opening 15 minutes at the Mander Cruickshank Stadium due to a serious knee injury sustained by Warrington’s Liam Hynes, who was forced to leave the field of play after 11 minutes.
The first opportunity of the game came via Joe Pegg after 18 minutes as he worked his way into the opposition’s box before flashing the ball across the face of the goal, unfortunately there were no black and white shirts on hand to convert.
In the 26th minute Coalville created the first clear-cut chance of the game, Nathan Watson slid an inch perfect outside of the boot through ball to Tom McGlinchy but a poor touch from the Ravens’ striker took the ball wide before striking off target.
Watson and McGlinchy combined again five minutes later to almost give the home side the lead, McGlinchy headed just over from 3 yards after Watson headed the ball back into the danger zone following a corner.
Chances were few and far between as the first half drew to close, however Coalville created one last opportunity in the 49th minute, Blaire Anderson sprayed a pass out to Ollie Bassett, who drove into the area before firing in a low cross which was cut out by Anthony Micmillan.
The away side immediately took control of the second half, winning a penalty in the 46th minute after Joe Mwasile’s shot struck the outstretched arm of Kyle Bryant. Sean Williams slotted the spot kick into the bottom right, sending Matt Coton the wrong way to give the yellows the lead.
Ruben Jerome almost added a swift second five minutes later but he failed to connect with the ball inside the 6-yard box following Tony Gray’s overhead kick.
Gray then doubled the lead for the visitors after 57 minutes, poking the ball into an empty net after a mix up in the Coalville defence following a whipped cross into the area.
Watson went close to giving the hosts a lifeline in the 65th minute, drilling a low left footed shot wide.
Warrington responded with a chance of their own two minutes later as Mwasile cut inside before curling a shot towards the bottom right, thankfully Coton was on hand to tip the ball wide.
Joshua Hine all but confirmed the win after 73 minutes, putting Warrington firmly in control after arrowing a shot into the bottom left corner following a darting run down the right.
It was mostly one-way traffic in the closing stages, with Warrington happy to sit on their three-goal lead, restricting Coalville to little opportunities before the match eventually concluded.
The Ravens will hope to get their first points on the board when they visit Grantham Town on Tuesday.