Coalville’s Poor League Form Continues With Home Loss To Ten Man Marine
A brace from Liam Tongue helped the Mariners on their way to a narrow win at the Mander Cruickshank Stadium, leaving the Ravens with just one league win in the last 13.
Both Coalville and Marine entered Saturday’s contest occupying places in the lower regions of the Northern Premier League, but Marine were in much finer league form in comparison to the hosts -and it showed, even looking the better side after being depleted to ten men early in the second half.
Coalville entered on a high following their impressive league cup semi-final win at South Shields, however Thursday’s lengthy looked to come back to bite a low-energy Ravens side. Three changes were made from the midweek game, with Lee Torr, Kyle Dixon and Jermaine Hollis replacing Danny Jenno, Steve Towers and the suspended Daniel Creaney.
Saturday’s sun soaked setting was mirrored by a bright beginning to the game, with Kyle Bryant stooping to head Alex Howe’s free kick beyond Germano Mendes and inside the far post in the sixth minute.
The high tempo to the contest continued into the 15th minute as Tom McGlinchey lashed a long range effort over the bar before Nathan Watson had a left footed shot from inside the box blocked after latching onto McGlinchey’s knock-back.
Watson then had another close range attempt blocked before Elliott Taylor produced an outstanding save in the 33rd minute, diving to paw away a sweetly struck Dominic Reid volley from just inside the box.
However the save proved to be in vain as Liam Tongue levelled up proceedings just one minute later. The Marine number 10 planted a header past Taylor after Adam Hughes hooked a volley into the danger area following a corner – ensuring the sides remained level as the first period concluded.
There was a fierce edge throughout the battle and unsavoury scenes early in the second half cast the darkest cloud of the afternoon. A major scuffle broke out near the dug-out after a challenge by Alex Howes, with Thomas Field being dismissed after throwing a ball towards the bench. The confrontations spilled into the tunnel after the midfielder’s sending off as Howes and Peter Wylie also received cautions.
In the 59th minute Coalville stopper Taylor was forced off due to injury, with James Dillon taking his place.
Despite the away side being down to 10 it looked as if the Ravens were the depleted side as the Mariners put themselves in control with two quick-fire goals. Cleveland Taylor’s miscued clearance was taken full advantage of in the 68th minute when Tongue tapped home Danny Mitchley’s back post-delivery.
Mitchley remained provider for the Mariner’s third goal, sliding Brewster through on goal after a slick counter. The Marine forward coolly finished his chance, forcing Lee Torr and Dillon to commit themselves before rounding the pair and slotting home. However, there were many complaints from the Coalville bench moments earlier as Mendes looked to handle the ball outside the area.
As the clock ticked away Coalville struggled to breach a military-like Marine back line. And even once it was breached the Ravens had Mendes to compete with, and the visiting stopper pulled off an exceptional save in the 91st minute, using his feet to deny McGlinchey from point blank range after Kyle Dixon’s low cross into the six-yard box.
Howes did instil a slither of hope for the hosts in the third minute of injury time, guiding a 25-yard missile into the top right corner, but it was too little too late as the Ravens fell to yet another league defeat.
Coalville will next be in action on Tuesday evening, where they host fellow strugglers Halesowen Town.