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.