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Coalville Town
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M Stenson (16'), E Nisevic (24'), B Hickey (33')
Tue 26 Dec 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 198

Limp Ravens Display Allows Canaries To Fly Away With Three Points

Coalville’s poor record against fellow Leicestershire outfit Barwell continued with a lack lustre performance at the Mander Cruickshank Stadium.

There was no festive joy for Ravens supporters at Owen Street this Boxing Day as the visitors, whose last league win came in early October, dominated from start to finish.

Only one change was made from the side that won so impressively at Warrington, with Kyle Bryant coming in for Cleveland Taylor. And it was Taylor’s organisation that the hosts seemed to be missing as Coalville looked poles apart from the side that won 3-1 on Saturday.

Barwell, coming into the game off the back of a 4-0 defeat to Marine, began the encounter on top, penning the Ravens into their half in the early exchanges.

Although Coalville could have taken the lead in the 10th minute, a slick one two between Nathan Watson and Alex Howes resulted in Watson’s pull back being hacked clear.

Barwell then showed their teeth as the game entered its 16th minute. Jacob Whitmore shimmied past Lee Torr and Howes on the edge of the area before unleashing a low strike that was turned round the post by Matthew Coton.

From the resulting corner, Coton was again called upon, denying Brady Hickey from close range at the near post.

However, the pressure eventually told as the following corner resulted in the breaking of the deadlock. Matthew Stenson rose highest at the back post, meeting Craig Stanley’s corner with conviction as his low header found the back of the net.

The Canaries could have had a swift second as two minutes later Whitmore hoisted his effort over the bar after sprinting onto Declan Towers’ cross-field ball.

It took only five minutes for the away side to find their second, Edward Nisevic strode through the centre with ease before his 20 yard effort flew into the right side of Coton, via a cruel deflection that left the Ravens stopper stranded.

Barwell then effectively sealed the win just three minutes later. Hickey seized on Danny Jenno’s slip before shifting the ball to the right and firing into the top left corner from just inside the box.

Half chances for either side followed, Tom McGlinchey’s well struck half volley sailed just over and Hickey forced Coton to tip his powerful strike over.

Clearer chances were then created by both sides heading into the break. Stenson glanced a free header wide in the 41st minute before cracking a fierce effort off the crossbar from outside the area minutes later. Coalville also had an inviting opportunity of their own, Watson’s corner was flicked goalward by Dean Freeman, but the ball was diverted over by the head of McGlinchey from three yards out.

There were no changes to the score line in the second period, with the half time introduction of Blair Anderson and Jermaine Hollis failing to have the desired impact. Less chances were created by the visitors, yet they were still in control as they eased to a comfortable victory.

The closest the hosts came to a consolation was in the 57th minute as Watson’s shot from a tight angle flew into the side netting.

Coalville will hope to up their game for their next fixture on Saturday, where they entertain league leaders Altrincham.

Key moments

Goal Matthew Stenson scores for Barwell
Goal Edward Nisevic scores for Barwell
Goal Brady Hickey scores for Barwell


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87:00 Sub On
Tom Bates is substituted on for Barwell
87:00 Sub Off
Matthew Stenson is substituted off for Barwell
86:00 Yellow Card
Steve Towers is yellow carded for Coalville Town
84:00 Yellow Card
Jake Heath is yellow carded for Barwell
76:00 Sub On
Jake Heath is substituted on for Barwell
76:00 Sub Off
Brady Hickey is substituted off for Barwell
60:00 Yellow Card
Nigel Julien is yellow carded for Barwell
59:00 Sub Off
Tom McGlinchey is substituted off for Coalville Town
59:00 Sub On
Alex Dean is substituted on for Coalville Town
46:00 Sub On
Blair Anderson is substituted on for Coalville Town
46:00 Sub On
Jermain Hollis is substituted on for Coalville Town
46:00 Sub Off
Kyle Dixon is substituted off for Coalville Town
46:00 Sub Off
Alex Howes is substituted off for Coalville Town
End of period 1
33:00 Goal 0 - 3
Brady Hickey scores for Barwell
30:00 Yellow Card
Daniel Creaney is yellow carded for Coalville Town
27:00 Yellow Card
Matthew Stenson is yellow carded for Barwell
24:00 Goal 0 - 2
Edward Nisevic scores for Barwell
16:00 Goal 0 - 1
Matthew Stenson scores for Barwell
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Coalville Town
  • Barwell
  • 0
  • Matthew Stenson Goal 16:00'
  • Edward Nisevic Goal 24:00'
  • Matthew Stenson Yellow Card 27:00'
  • Daniel Creaney Yellow Card 30:00'
  • Brady Hickey Goal 33:00'
  • Kyle Dixon Sub Off 46:00'
  • Alex Howes Sub Off 46:00'
  • Jermain Hollis Sub On 46:00'
  • Blair Anderson Sub On 46:00'
  • Tom McGlinchey Sub Off 59:00'
  • Alex Dean Sub On 59:00'
  • Nigel Julien Yellow Card 60:00'
  • Brady Hickey Sub Off 76:00'
  • Jake Heath Sub On 76:00'
  • Jake Heath Yellow Card 84:00'
  • Steve Towers Yellow Card 86:00'
  • Matthew Stenson Sub Off 87:00'
  • Tom Bates Sub On 87:00'

Team selection

Coalville Town
  • 1. Liam Castle
  • 2. Elliot Percival
  • 3. Edward Nisevic
  • 4. Craig Stanley
  • 5. Declan Towers
  • 6. Nigel Julien
  • 7. Owen Story
  • 8. Lee Hildreth
  • 9. Jacob Whitmore
  • 10. Brady Hickey
  • 11. Matthew Stenson
  • 12. Jake Heath
  • 13. Michael Turner
  • 14. Tom Bates
  • 15. Callum Ball
  • 16. Guy Hadland

League round up

Other The EVO-STIK Premier Division results

Halesowen Town
Mickleover Sports
Nantwich Town
Rushall Olympic
Hednesford Town
Stafford Rangers
Whitby Town
Warrington Town


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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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