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Coalville Town
Mickleover Sports
K Dixon (24'), D Creaney (68'), N Watson (71')
Full time
A Morris (46' Sent Off), J Walsh (84' Sent Off)
Thu 22 Mar 19:45 - The Integro League Cup 17-18 Attendance 52

Coalville Ease Past Mickleover To Reach Semis

The Ravens overcame Sports with relative ease, navigating a physical Integro Cup tie which saw the visitors eventually reduced to nine men.

Coalville returned to the Mander Cruickshank Stadium for the first time in over a month, and they did so with a swagger, making light work of an aggressive Mickleover side.

Thursday’s opponents, who sit five places higher than the Ravens in the NPL, were never really able to match the tempo of the hosts, and their frustration overcame them, resulting in a series of late tackles and deserved cards.

Two changes were made to the side that fell to a heavy defeat at Stafford at the weekend, with the two Kyles – Dixon and Bryant – coming in to replace Jermaine Hollis and Alex Dean.

Mickleover demonstrated their physical intentions within the first five minutes, with Alex Morris recklessly challenging Kyle Bryant right in front of the dug-out. But despite protests from players and staff alike, Morris escaped with just a yellow.

The first shot of note came the way of Nathan Watson for the Ravens as the attacker tricked his way inside the box before rolling a sluggish shot towards the bottom left, allowing the keeper to gather.

An opening 20 that was short of opportunities was soon forgotten, with a flurry of chances inbound. In the 22nd minute, Andy Dales darted down the left before whipping a dangerous cross into the centre. The ball was almost converted by Coalville’s own Lee Torr, but fortunately Elliott Taylor was well placed to palm it away.

And that proved to be a turning point as the Ravens took the lead just two minutes later as the result of a set-piece. Watson’s initial free kick from an inviting position smacked against the wall, but fell kindly to Kyle Dixon 25 yards out, with the midfielder finishing emphatically - lashing a thunderous first time effort into the top right corner.

Minor chances followed for both sides, with Daniel Creaney heading narrowly wide on two occasions and Torr halting Dales with an exceptional last ditch tackle.

A golden chance then fell to Matthew Barnes-Homer in the 43rd minute after John McGrath’s header set him up perfectly inside the box, but the Sports man somehow blazed over from a matter of yards out.

Despite a few mistakes in the first half, Mickleover stopper Lewis King kept his side in the game on the brink of half time, tipping Watson’s drilled free kick just wide of the left post.

But King’s heroics seemed they would all go to waste within just 10 seconds of the second half when Morris committed his second bookable offence, this time on Bryant – and was duly dismissed.

Coalville may have had the man advantage, but hesitancy at the back allowed Sports two excellent chances for a leveller. First, in the 54th minute Dales shrugged off Bryant before curling a shot well over. The same player then spurned an even more presentable opportunity as his shot was heroically cleared off the line by Danny Jenno after he nipped in to take advantage of a defensive mistake.

Not long after Cleveland Taylor had a goal disallowed for offside the Ravens actually did put themselves two goals to the good, and largely thanks to Taylor. The fullback - turned winger for this game – curled in a pinpoint cross for Creaney, who initially headed against the bar before nodding home the bouncing rebound.

The game was then well and truly sealed moments later, with Taylor again providing a quality delivery, this time for Watson who leaped to divert the ball home from three yards out.

The game was well over as a contest, but this didn’t stop Mickleover’s continual quest for cards – this time Jack Walsh was dismissed for a second yellow in the 85th minute.

The impressive Ravens result send them through to the semi-finals of the Integro Cup, but attention will first be switched to Saturday, when they face Whitby Town at home.

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Key moments

24:00
Goal Kyle Dixon scores for Coalville Town
46:00
Red Card Alex Morris is sent off for Mickleover Sports
68:00
Goal Daniel Creaney scores for Coalville Town
71:00
Goal Nathan Watson scores for Coalville Town
84:00
Red Card Jack Walsh is sent off for Mickleover Sports

Highlights

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84:00 Red Card 3 - 0
Jack Walsh is sent off for Mickleover Sports
80:00 Yellow Card
Jack Walsh is yellow carded for Mickleover Sports
77:00 Sub On
Jack Walsh is substituted on for Mickleover Sports
77:00 Sub Off
Louis Briscoe is substituted off for Mickleover Sports
77:00 Sub On
Jake Woolley is substituted on for Coalville Town
77:00 Sub Off
Nathan Watson is substituted off for Coalville Town
75:00 Sub Off
Cleveland Taylor is substituted off for Coalville Town
75:00 Sub On
Bradley Munn is substituted on for Coalville Town
74:00 Yellow Card
Andy Dales is yellow carded for Mickleover Sports
73:00 Yellow Card
John McGrath is yellow carded for Mickleover Sports
71:00 Goal 3 - 0
Nathan Watson scores for Coalville Town
69:00 Yellow Card
Tom Burgin is yellow carded for Mickleover Sports
68:00 Goal 2 - 0
Daniel Creaney scores for Coalville Town
63:00 Sub Off
Tom McGlinchey is substituted off for Coalville Town
63:00 Sub On
Ben Bradshaw is substituted on for Coalville Town
57:00 Yellow Card
Nathan Watson is yellow carded for Coalville Town
51:00 Yellow Card
Kyle Dixon is yellow carded for Coalville Town
46:00 Red Card 1 - 0
Alex Morris is sent off for Mickleover Sports
End of period 1
40:00 Sub Off
Lewis Belgrave is substituted off for Mickleover Sports
40:00 Sub On
Matthew Barnes-Homer is substituted on for Mickleover Sports
24:00 Goal 1 - 0
Kyle Dixon scores for Coalville Town
23:00 Yellow Card
Pablo Mills is yellow carded for Mickleover Sports
7:00 Yellow Card
Alex Morris is yellow carded for Mickleover Sports
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As it happened

  • Coalville Town
  • Mickleover Sports
  • 0
  • Alex Morris Yellow Card 7:00'
  • Pablo Mills Yellow Card 23:00'
  • Kyle Dixon Goal 24:00'
  • Lewis Belgrave Sub Off 40:00'
  • Matthew Barnes-Homer Sub On 40:00'
  • Alex Morris Red Card 46:00'
  • Kyle Dixon Yellow Card 51:00'
  • Nathan Watson Yellow Card 57:00'
  • Tom McGlinchey Sub Off 63:00'
  • Ben Bradshaw Sub On 63:00'
  • Daniel Creaney Goal 68:00'
  • Tom Burgin Yellow Card 69:00'
  • Nathan Watson Goal 71:00'
  • John McGrath Yellow Card 73:00'
  • Andy Dales Yellow Card 74:00'
  • Cleveland Taylor Sub Off 75:00'
  • Bradley Munn Sub On 75:00'
  • Jack Walsh Sub On 77:00'
  • Jake Woolley Sub On 77:00'
  • Louis Briscoe Sub Off 77:00'
  • Nathan Watson Sub Off 77:00'
  • Jack Walsh Yellow Card 80:00'
  • Jack Walsh Red Card 84:00'

Team selection

Mickleover Sports
  • 1. Lewis King
  • 2. Reece Horne
  • 3. Lewis Belgrave
  • 4. John McGrath
  • 5. Pablo Mills
  • 6. Tom Burgin
  • 7. Andy Dales
  • 8. Jake Scott
  • 9. Evan Garnett
  • 10. Louis Briscoe
  • 11. Alex Morris
  • 12. Jack Walsh
  • 13. Morgan Williams
  • 14. Ben Turner
  • 15. Clinton Morrison
  • 16. Matthew Barnes-Homer

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