Ravens Progress With Convincing Win Over Nirvana
Coalville came from a goal behind to brush aside Leicester Nirvana and progress to the next round of the Leicestershire Challenge Cup.
Following a string of disappointing results in the league, Coalville secured a morale boosting 6-1 victory against Leicester Nirvana, who are situated two leagues below the Ravens.
Despite the superiority of Coalville in terms of their standing the football league pyramid, the form was the opposite, as they faced an unbeaten Nirvana side sitting at the summit of the United Counties Premier Division and looking for a 13th consecutive win.
But the quality of Coalville told, hitting six without reply after going behind, largely thanks to a Nathan Watson masterclass, as the Ravens winger had a direct hand in all six goals.
Tommy Brookbanks named a strong side for the encounter, making four alterations from Saturday’s loss at Witton. The Ravens boss brought in Charlie Gatter, Tom McGlinchey, Kyle Dixon and Blair Anderson to replace Kyle Bryant, Will Mellors-Blair, Jermain Hollis and Massiah McDonald.
It was the visitors who surprisingly started on the front foot and came within inches of taking the lead in the sixth minute. James Bessey-Saldaha unleashed a rasping strike from the edge of the box, which smacked against the crossbar and bounced onto the goal line.
Nirvana then found a shock lead just two minutes later as Gelson Patricimo jinked into the area from the right flank before squaring the ball to Jordan Nelson who guided the ball past Coton.
Coalville responded well to the setback, creating a host of chances immediately after the goal. Watson’s defence splitting pass in the 10th minute played McGlinchey one on one, but he could only direct his low shot at the feet of Shay Carter.
The Ravens found the equaliser in the 16th minute. Daniel Creaney’s knock down fell perfectly to Watson, who deftly nicked the ball past the keeper.
However the leveller didn’t supress the threat of the opposition, with Patricimo continuing to cause problems. The Nirvana number seven glided through the centre of the park before laying off a pass to Will Gonga, whose curled shot was caught by Matthew Coton with ease.
Creaney then headed the Ravens into the lead after 28th minute, guiding a header past Carter following a lofted free kick from Watson.
Carter then prevented the hosts from adding a third minutes later, tipping over McGlinchey’s fiercely curled shot after some quick, slick interplay with Watson.
Coalville gave themselves some much needed, and much deserved, breathing space just before half time. Watson bagged his second of the game, stroking home a pull back from Kyle Dixon following his surge down the left.
The Ravens maintained their high tempo at the beginning of the second half, turning on the style as they netted a further three in the space of nine minutes.
Lee Cox got on the scoresheet in the 52nd minute, sliding the ball low into the net after latching onto a pass from Watson.
Watson then completed his hattrick five minutes later, nodding the ball in at the back post after a deep corner from Blair Anderson.
The scoring was then rounded off in the 61st minute, Watson’s close range strike was initially kept out by the keeper but the ball diverted off Ryan Calver and into his own net for a sixth.
Coalville went on to comfortably see out the remaining half an hour and will hope the win provides the side with some momentum heading into Saturday’s Northen Premier League clash with Buxton at the Mander Cruickshank Stadium.