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Coalville Town
Sutton Coldfield Town
D Creaney (11', 30', 45' Pen), N Watson (35')
Full time
J Richards (72' Pen, 76')
Sat 6 Jan 15:00 - The Evo-Stik League - The EVO-STIK Premier Division Attendance 128

Coalville Inflict Defeat on Bottom Placed Sutton

A blitzing first half showing from Coalville – including a Creaney treble – was enough to kill off a struggling Sutton Coldfield.

The Royals, who had already shipped 71 goals going into the contest, conceded a further four as the Ravens ran rampant in the first period. Coalville lead 4-0 at the break thanks to a hat-trick from Daniel Creaney and a goal from Nathan Watson, but took their foot off the gas in the second half, subsequently conceding two consolations courtesy of Justin Richards.

The match, which was the first of 2018 at the Mander Cruickshank Stadium, saw Tommy Brookbanks opt not to make any changes from New Year’s Day’s 2-2 draw at Mickleover Sports.

The hosts started with intent as they took on a very different challenge to the last home game against league toppers Altrincham. And their superiority slowly started to show itself, with Tom McGlinchey sliding through Watson, who twisted and turned before lifting a dangerous cross into the box that was for some reason unoccupied.

Sutton Coldfield (H) 07.01.18
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However, the Ravens took just a further six minutes to gain an advantage. Daniel Creaney netted the first of the afternoon after 13 minutes, getting a slight touch to Nathan Watson’s deflected cross, stretching to divert the ball past the keeper from five yards out.

Moments later, Creaney missed two quick-fire chances, miss-hitting the ball on both occasions after finding himself unmarked when taking advantage of some slack defending from the visitors.

Sutton created their first major chance of the contest in the 24th minute after pressing high up the pitch. Checkaine Steele dispossessed Cleveland Taylor in the centre of the park before sliding the ball through to Louis Briscoe, who surged forward and played through Richards. The Royals striker managed to round Matthew Coton but was denied by an excellent goal saving tackle from Lee Torr.

Three minutes later, Watson broke through the opposing rear-guard after combining with Creaney. The Coalville winger played a slick one two with Creaney and darted into the area, but he was denied by the feet of Nick Draper from a tight angle.

There was little time to rue missed chances though as Creaney bagged his and Coalville’s second on 30 minutes. Watson was again heavily involved as his 20-yard effort was deflected, causing Draper to parry the ball into Creaney’s path, the Ravens number nine then took a touch before slotting home with ease.

Not even the musical encouragement from the travelling Sutton fans could prevent the growing dominance of the Ravens and just five minutes passed before Coalville netted a third. After some sustained Ravens pressure, Steve Towers picked out Watson on the right, who skilfully beat his man, cut onto his left foot and drove a shot low into the bottom corner from inside the area.

Time may have been running out on the clock but there was still time for Coalville to find a fourth, and for Creaney to secure a first half hat-trick, as Reece Webb was penalised for bringing down Creaney in the box. The Coalville forward then stepped up with confidence, coolly stroking the spot kick down the centre – taking his league tally to 13 for the season.

With the game all but won in the second period, the second half was a different story as the Ravens seemed to take their foot of the gas.

However, Coalville did initially pick up where they left off, creating two major opportunities within the first 10 minutes of the second 45.

Alex Howes was denied by a spectacular save from Draper in the 53rd minute after the on-loan Notts County midfielder latched onto McGlinchey’s cutback to the centre of the box.

Watson then missed a glorious opportunity, seeing his effort flash wide after sprinting through on goal.

As the hour mark approached Coalville’s dominance had all but dissipated, with Sutton growing into the contest. Niall Flint wasted a good chance for the visitors, directing a free header over the bar from close range.

The visitors were then given a chance to recover some pride when Danny Jenno was adjudged to have brought down Steele in the area. Richards was on penalty duty, and converted emphatically, smashing the penalty off the bar and in.

The visitors took advantage of some sloppy Coalville play, and a dangerous free kick made things interesting in the 76th minute as Richards appeared to get a slight touch on the delivery, sending the ball past Coton.

In the 83rd minute, Watson had the chance to kill off the game, but skimmed the side netting after being played through by substitute Alex Dean.

Flint almost set up a nervy finish for Coalville, but spurned an 88th minute chance, drifting his shot into the arms of Coton from the edge of the box after breaking forward.

Coalville will hope to replicate the performance – particularly in the first half – when they welcome Leicester Road in the Leicestershire Challenge Cup on Tuesday.

Key moments

11:00
Goal Daniel Creaney scores for Coalville Town
30:00
Goal Daniel Creaney scores for Coalville Town
35:00
Goal Nathan Watson scores for Coalville Town
45:00
Scored Penalty Daniel Creaney scores a penalty for Coalville Town
72:00
Scored Penalty Justin Richards scores a penalty for Sutton Coldfield Town
76:00
Goal Justin Richards scores for Sutton Coldfield Town

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Highlights

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89:00 Yellow Card
James Beresford is yellow carded for Sutton Coldfield Town
84:00 Sub On
David Howarth is substituted on for Sutton Coldfield Town
84:00 Sub Off
Louis Briscoe is substituted off for Sutton Coldfield Town
79:00 Sub On
Lewis Probert is substituted on for Sutton Coldfield Town
79:00 Sub Off
Lee Smith is substituted off for Sutton Coldfield Town
77:00 Sub Off
Alex Howes is substituted off for Coalville Town
77:00 Sub On
Alex Dean is substituted on for Coalville Town
76:00 Goal 4 - 2
Justin Richards scores for Sutton Coldfield Town
73:00 Yellow Card
Tyler Little is yellow carded for Sutton Coldfield Town
72:00 Scored Penalty 4 - 1
Justin Richards scores a penalty for Sutton Coldfield Town
65:00 Sub On
Blair Anderson is substituted on for Coalville Town
65:00 Sub Off
Jermain Hollis is substituted off for Coalville Town
63:00 Yellow Card
Danny O'Callaghan is yellow carded for Sutton Coldfield Town
55:00 Sub On
Kyle Dixon is substituted on for Coalville Town
55:00 Sub Off
Steve Towers is substituted off for Coalville Town
54:00 Yellow Card
Louis Briscoe is yellow carded for Sutton Coldfield Town
45:00 Scored Penalty 4 - 0
Daniel Creaney scores a penalty for Coalville Town
End of period 1
35:00 Goal 3 - 0
Nathan Watson scores for Coalville Town
30:00 Goal 2 - 0
Daniel Creaney scores for Coalville Town
11:00 Goal 1 - 0
Daniel Creaney scores for Coalville Town
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Coalville Town
  • Sutton Coldfield Town
  • 0
  • Daniel Creaney Goal 11:00'
  • Daniel Creaney Goal 30:00'
  • Nathan Watson Goal 35:00'
  • Daniel Creaney Scored Penalty 45:00'
  • Louis Briscoe Yellow Card 54:00'
  • Kyle Dixon Sub On 55:00'
  • Steve Towers Sub Off 55:00'
  • Danny O'Callaghan Yellow Card 63:00'
  • Jermain Hollis Sub Off 65:00'
  • Blair Anderson Sub On 65:00'
  • Justin Richards Scored Penalty 72:00'
  • Tyler Little Yellow Card 73:00'
  • Justin Richards Goal 76:00'
  • Alex Dean Sub On 77:00'
  • Alex Howes Sub Off 77:00'
  • Lee Smith Sub Off 79:00'
  • Lewis Probert Sub On 79:00'
  • Louis Briscoe Sub Off 84:00'
  • David Howarth Sub On 84:00'
  • James Beresford Yellow Card 89:00'

Team selection

Sutton Coldfield Town
  • 1. Nick Draper
  • 2. Tyler Little
  • 3. James Beresford
  • 4. Reece Webb
  • 5. Michael Townsend
  • 6. Orrin Pendly
  • 7. Danny O'Callaghan
  • 8. Lee Smith
  • 9. Justin Richards
  • 10. Louis Briscoe
  • 11. Checkaine Steele
  • 12. Lewis Probert
  • 13. Matt Waters
  • 14. Niall Flint
  • 15. David Howarth

League round up

Other The EVO-STIK Premier Division results

0
1
Altrincham
Halesowen Town
1
3
Nantwich Town
1
5
Hednesford Town
1
1
Mickleover Sports
Warrington Town
1
0
Buxton
Whitby Town
0
5

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# Team Pl Pts
12. Buxton 27 39
13. Lancaster City 26 38
14. Coalville Town 30 38
15. Barwell 28 36
16. Nantwich Town 25 32
17. Matlock Town 28 32
18. Stafford Rangers 26 32

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