Coalville Record Six In A Row With Victory Over Lowestoft
Coalville made it six league wins on the bounce but they were made to work hard for it by visitors Lowestoft Town
Adam Stevens was forced into making changes to the starting eleven with both Max Smith-Varnam & Dean Freeman unavaliable, in came Nottingham Forest Loanee Rudolfs Sohola for his debut & Danny Jenno who made his first league start of the season.
The Ravens made the early running with Tom McGlinchey having an early chance, McGlinchey received the ball from Andrew Wright on the left hand side, he skipped past Henry Pollock and his low effort on goal was saved by Lowestoft Keeper Elvijs Putnins.
Moments later and Scott McManus was the next to come close for the hosts as he met Alex Dean’s free kick on the run at the back post but his volley fell just the wrong side of the post. Lowestoft's first chance of the game fell to Connor Deeks but he headed over from close range when well placed. The lively Connor McKendry then forced the first save from Debutant Rudolfs Sohola, McKendry advanced into the box before cutting on to his left foot and unleashing a powerful effort which Sohola parried away and Joe Doyle-Charles cleared away the loose ball to avert danger for the Ravens.
Elvijs Putnins was called into action again for Lowestoft as he pushed away a fierce drive from the edge of the box by Andrew Wright.
The breakthrough came in the 25th minute. A Lowestoft attack was broken down in the Coalville half, Tolani Omotola ran powerfully at the visiting defence before slipping in McGlinchey in the box who dropped his shoulder to beat his defender and calmly place the ball beyond Putnins.
Omotola then had a chance to increase the lead as his shot from an intercepted backpass was straight at the keeper.
HT: Coalville 1-0 Lowestoft
The first chance of the second half for Coalville came only two minutes in, firstly Tom McGlinchey's low effort was palmed away by Putnins, Tim Berridge then blocked the attempted clearance by Ross Jarvis and picked up the rebound which he squared across goal to his strike partner Omotola at the back post but Omotola fired his shot way over the bar.
Putnins then pulled off an outstanding save to deny McGlinchey his and Coalville's second goal, Alex Dean's cross was cleared away to the edge of the box and McGlinchey hit a right footed effort first time which looked destined for the far corner but Putnins managed to get finger tips onto the ball to push the ball onto the post.
The chances kept on coming for Coalville, the dangerous Alex Dean twisted inside and outside on Lowesfoft substitute Connor Ingram and then delivering a pinpoint cross which was met by the head of Andrew Wright, the midfielders header glanced narrowly wide of the far post. Tim Berridge then collected a high ball out of the sky with an excellent touch and advanced into the box before sliding the ball across goal to Coalville substitute Daniel Creaney whose effort from close range was saved well by Putnins.
After a number of stoppages due to injuries the referee signalled seven minutes of stoppage time, in the first minute of stoppage time Putnins was called in action for what would be the final time to again deny Creaney, the tireless Berridge advanced down the right flank before hitting a low across across the box to Creaney who collected the ball and on the turn shot towards goal but Putnins got down low to palm the ball away.
Coalville managed the remaining minutes of stoppage time to professionally to record their 6th consecutive league victory.
Tollgate Brewery Man Of the Match: Tom McGlinchey.
FT: Coalville 1-0 Lowestoft