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First Team - Match centre

Coalville Town
M Dodd (34'), J Archer (90')
Full time
L Cox (53')
Mon 2 Oct 19:45 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 640

Coalville Go Down Fighting At Stourbridge

In a game where the Ravens were good value for a point a late Jordan Archer strike meant heartbreak and back to back defeats for the first time since August.

An injury during warm up for key figure Danny Jenno meant a reshuffle of the pack for Coalville just twenty minutes before kick-off. Lee Cox came into the side and captain Steve Towers joined Dean Freeman at the heart of the Coalville defence.

The opening fifteen was dominated by the confident hosts who were coming off the back of another magnificent FA cup victory. The dangerous Devarn Green testing Matt Coton after driving at the heart of the Coalville defence.

That woke Coalville up, and moments later Nat Watson slipped the ball inside Josh Green for Tom McGlinchey to run on to but the wingers low cross was a tame one and easy for Stour stopper Gould to gather.
Coalville then had another good chance as Blair Andersons free kick evaded Matt Gould and Dean Freeman was inches away from connecting with the ball at the back post but defender Jack Duggan just did enough to prevent him from doing so.

Paul McCone then headed over for the hosts, a long Tom Tonks throw causing problems and although the Coalville defence dealt well with them all night the home skipper met this one only to see the ball go over the bar.

The home side then made their first half pressure count, a ball into the box was met by Leon Broadhurts and even though Matt Coton made a good save to deny him he couldn’t prevent the ball squirming across the face of goal to the delight of Matt Dodd who had the easy task of smashing home to put the West Midlands outfit ahead.

Coalville very nearly responded just before half time as Blair Anderson teased his man before chipping the ball to Nat Watson who found himself unmarked but could only volley wide from the centre of the Stourbridge box, a rare off moment for the number ten who was a problem for the hosts all night.

HT: Stourbridge 1-0 Coalville.

After the break Coalville flew out the blocks and it was all black and white pressure and it took just twelve minuets for the Ravens to make it count. Watson’s delicious ball cut the Stourbridge defence in half and after Blair Anderson chopped back inside he crossed the ball to the back post where midfielder Lee Cox slid in to level the score up at 1-1.

Coalville continued to pressure after the goal and moments later had a penalty appeal as Jermain Hollis had the ball inside the box with his back to goal only for McCone to come straight through the back of him, collecting the ball as well but a challenge from behind which infuriated the Coalville bench when the referee said play on.

A lapse of concentration from Cleveland Taylor then allowed the dangerous Matt Dodd to run inside the box but his cut back was hacked away by Steve Towers.

Nat Watson then headed a Bryant cross wide and Tom Tonks dragged a shot wide up the other end as both sides looked for a winner in a finely poised game.

A real chance for Stourbridge then followed, Matt Coton originally clawed Forde’s deep cross away and Jack Duggan headed wide from the resulting corner and probably should have done better and hit the target.

Paul McCone then had another chance as the ball fell to the big man’s feet on the edge of the area but he blazed hit shot high and wide, a let off for Coalville.

Then the real sucker punch for Coalville, as the ball was delivered into the box Jordan Archer looked like he controlled with his arm before driving the ball past Coton, taking nothing away from the fine finish it looked a poor decision from the referee to miss the handball in the build-up.

A late Watson corner caused confusion for a moment but with the goal coming so late it gave Coalville little time to respond and the whistle blew on an enthralling game, a real advert for NPL football but left Coalville wondering how they didn’t come away with a point.

FT: Stourbridge 2-1 Coalville.

Key moments

Goal Matt Dodd scores for Stourbridge
Goal Lee Cox scores for Coalville Town
Goal Jordan Archer scores for Stourbridge


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90:00 Goal 2 - 1
Jordan Archer scores for Stourbridge
86:00 Sub Off
Tom Tonks is substituted off for Stourbridge
86:00 Sub On
Danny O'Callaghan is substituted on for Stourbridge
79:00 Yellow Card
Kyle Bryant is yellow carded for Coalville Town
76:00 Sub On
Will Mellors-Blair is substituted on for Coalville Town
76:00 Sub Off
Tom McGlinchey is substituted off for Coalville Town
72:00 Sub On
Ryan Rowe is substituted on for Stourbridge
72:00 Sub Off
Matt Dodd is substituted off for Stourbridge
67:00 Sub Off
Daniel Creaney is substituted off for Coalville Town
67:00 Sub On
Massiah McDonald is substituted on 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
53:00 Goal 1 - 1
Lee Cox scores for Coalville Town
End of period 1
34:00 Goal 1 - 0
Matt Dodd scores for Stourbridge
11:00 Sub Off
Darryl Westlake is substituted off for Stourbridge
11:00 Sub On
Josh Green is substituted on for Stourbridge
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Stourbridge
  • Coalville Town
  • 0
  • Darryl Westlake Sub Off 11:00'
  • Josh Green Sub On 11:00'
  • Matt Dodd Goal 34:00'
  • Lee Cox Goal 53:00'
  • Blair Anderson Sub Off 62:00'
  • Ollie Bassett Sub On 62:00'
  • Daniel Creaney Sub Off 67:00'
  • Massiah McDonald Sub On 67:00'
  • Matt Dodd Sub Off 72:00'
  • Ryan Rowe Sub On 72:00'
  • Tom McGlinchey Sub Off 76:00'
  • Will Mellors-Blair Sub On 76:00'
  • Kyle Bryant Yellow Card 79:00'
  • Tom Tonks Sub Off 86:00'
  • Danny O'Callaghan Sub On 86:00'
  • Jordan Archer Goal 90:00'

Team selection

  • 1. Matt Gould
  • 2. Aris Christophorou
  • 3. Darryl Westlake
  • 4. Paul McCone
  • 5. Jack Duggan
  • 6. Aaron Forde
  • 7. Matt Dodd
  • 8. Leon Broadhurst
  • 9. Jordan Archer
  • 10. Devarn Green
  • 11. Tom Tonks
  • 12. Danny O'Callaghan
  • 13. Stuart Pierpoint
  • 14. Ryan Rowe
  • 15. Josh Cooke
  • 16. Josh Green


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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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