Creaney Hat-trick Helps Ten Man Ravens Ease Past Stamford
Coalville progressed to the third round of the League Cup with a rampant second half performance – despite playing with 10 men for over 70 minutes.
The Ravens followed up Saturday’s 3-1 win at Nantwich with a convincing second round win over Northen Premier League Division One South outfit Stamford, making it ten goals in two ties for Coalville, who defeated Buxton 5-3 in round one.
A total of seven changes were made to the side that were victorious at the Weaver Stadium, with Jamie Hannis, Jacob Spence, James Carvell, Blair Anderson, Alex Howes and Kyle Dixon entering the fray, as well as a first appearance in three months for Alex Dean.
It was a tetchy start to the contest, with neither side creating much of note for a considerable amount of time.
The first shot on goal came from Bradley Fortnam-Tomlinson in the seventh minute, who plucked Joe Burgess’ long pass from the air but failed to test Hannis, producing a tame shot that trickled gratefully into the Ravens’ stopper’s clutches.
Both sides then penetrated one another’s back lines within a minute but lacked that all-important clinical edge as James Carvell’s low drive failed to find a black and white shirt before Harry Peasgood’s swerved cross went amiss for the Daniels.
Controversy then ensued in the 17th minute, with Jacob Spence dismissed for a poorly timed challenge on Sam Hollis in the centre of the park. It was a needless challenge and deserving of a yellow, but the decision to brandish a red seemed a harsh one.
And after a stagnant period, where Coalville had to adjust to finding themselves a man down, the visitors took full advantage by gaining the lead after 38 minutes. Some high pressing from Stamford allowed Liam Adams to find space and force an impressive save from Jamie Hannis, but the ball was eventually laid into Fortnam-Tomlinson inside the box by Jordan Smith, who accurately curled his effort into the right of the goal.
But the lead didn’t last long as Alex Howes found an equaliser just two minutes later. The Notts County loanee jinked towards the edge of the area before whipping the ball into the bottom right corner.
The away side could have easily gone into the interval a goal ahead, creating a flurry of opportunities in injury time. Adams was firstly denied by an excellent diving block from Cleveland Taylor before his second bite of the cherry concluded with Stamford’s number seven firing wide.
Hollis also could have restored the advantage, directing his free header wide at the back post after Burges had latched onto Smith’s knock down and produced an appetising lofted cross.
There was one change made by the Ravens for the beginning of the second period, with Carvell making way for Daniel Creaney – and what an effective substitution it proved to be.
The Coalville frontman sliced the hosts ahead on the hour mark, finishing from close range after Alex Dean’s low cross caused havoc in the visitors’ box following a swift counter attack.
Dean again had a vital role to play 14 minutes later as he was brought down in the area when striding into the box. Creaney took responsibility and comfortably side-footed the spot-kick down the centre.
Creaney then completed his triple in the 80th minute, rising to meet Tom McGlinchey’s corner and guiding his header past Daniel Haystead, clipping in off the right post.
Stamford’s confidence was severely shot, allowing Coalville to pounce and net a fifth and final goal. Kyle Dixon received a pass from McGlinchey on the cusp of the area before arrowing a fiercely struck shot into the bottom left corner.
Hannis and Steve Towers were on hand to deny the Daniels a late consolation, with Hannis twice halting Smith before Towers made a crucial block to prevent Fortnam-Tomlinson from point blank range.
Next up in the fixture calendar for the Ravens is a trip to Whitby on Saturday in the Northen Premier League.