Coalville Dig Deep To Continue Cup Run
A Creaney treble and McGlinchey double ensured the resilient Ravens progressed past Alvechurch in a high octane tie.
On a day when the country remembered, it was a game for Coalville to remember as, despite being down to 10 for almost the whole second period, they dug deep to secure passage to the next round of the FA Trophy.
The Ravens made the trip across the Midlands to Lye Meadow, where they faced an in form Alvechurch, who sit second in the division below.
Ultimately, although down a man, the Ravens’ class shone through as they backed up last round’s win at nearby Redditch with a determined display against a side that at one point looked destined to level things up.
Two changes were made from the side that lost to Ashton last week, with Danny Jenno and Matt Coton making their first starts since returning from suspension.
The start of proceedings saw Coalville start the much brighter of the two sides, with the referee’s whistle commencing a flurry of Ravens ravages.
Blair Anderson picked up the ball in dangerous positions on the left multiple times in the first five minutes. The tricky winger produced the first effort of the tie after three minutes, seeing his low shot deflect wide for a corner.
And the resulting corner created a further opportunity. Anderson picked out Nathan Watson, who was lurking at the edge of the area, before Watson’s low left-footed drive was met by the strong arm of Lewis Gwilliams.
The visitors then took a deserved lead one minute later as Tom McGlinchey prodded home after Daniel Creaney flicked on Dean Freeman’s long throw into the six yard box.
Matthew Coton prevented an instant equaliser with a terrific save to deny Daniel Dubidat at the other end. The Coalville stopper effectively spread his body to block Dubidat’s point-blank header after a cross to the back post.
Creaney then lashed a first time effort over for the away side one minute later following a fierce Anderson cross, the last piece of action before the game began to settle down.
Alvechurch slowly started to see a larger share of the ball as the first half progressed, but a lack of decision making and poor execution meant they were unable to exploit a number of dangerous situations.
Freeman denied Yusifu Ceesay in what was the home side’s best chance of the spell. The Coalville centre half threw his body in the way of Ceesay’s volley from inside the box.
Dave Bellis then spurned a decent chance for the hosts. The Church midfielder wrestled the ball off Lee Torr on the right but could only muster a tame cross that rolled into the welcoming arms of Coton.
Kyle Dixon then had a low shot blocked and Tom Turton spooned a first time shot high and wide before Coalville strengthened their grip on the game. Anderson laid the ball off to the overlapping Torr on the left flank, the left back then produced a pin point cross to find the unmarked Creaney, who planted his header firmly into the net.
Dubidat had the chance to give the hosts hope going into the break, heading wide following a free kick in the fourth minute of injury time.
With Coalville comfortably cruising after the break, it was all just a bit too straight forward, so it was no surprise that the Ravens found themselves with a problem minutes into the second period as Dixon was harshly dismissed.
The Coalville midfielder was shown a straight red after a late, but by no means dangerous, tackle on Alvechurch skipper Jamie Willets, where he neither went in two footed, off the ground nor with his studs up.
Nevertheless, the hosts were handed a much needed lifeline, and Willets converted the Church fans into believers with a looping header over Coton in the 52nd minute to narrow the lead after a deep free kick.
Coalville then had to withstand the expected barrage of Alvechurch pressure, but knew that if they were to escape unscathed, they had a good chance of hitting the hosts on the break.
And the pressure was endured, largely thanks to an impressive string of saves from an in form Coton.
Coalville’s returning number one first tipped over Mitch Botfield’s stinging strike from 25 yards before parrying away a close range header seconds later.
Three minutes later, Coton pulled off an outstanding save, somehow tipping Dubidat’s powerful effort wide after the forward found himself in the area and looked certain to score.
The visitors then made Alvechurch well and truly pay for their wastefulness. Creaney silenced the Church fans with a moment of genius, pouncing on a sloppy pass from Willets, spotting the keeper off his line and executing an inch perfect 45 yard lob to restore Coalville’s two goal lead.
The Ravens then did excellently to soak up any late pressure from the increasingly desperate hosts, before hitting them on the break in an attempt to finish the contest.
In the 83rd minute, Creaney completed his hat-trick with another fine strike. The Coalville number nine completed a sweeping team move started by McGlinchey with an accurate curling finish into the bottom right from outside the area.
McGlinchey topped off an impressive final 25 minutes with a fine fifth. Cleveland Taylor played a long pass to Nathaniel Dixon, who pulled the ball back for McGlinchey to stride into the right side of the area and arrow a precise shot low into the opposite corner.
Next up for the Ravens is an away tie at Buxton in the Integro Cup, before a return to league action with a trip to Lancaster City.