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.