Coventry Sphinx travel to Shropshire on Saturday to get their league campaign underway. Haughmond are based in Shrewsbury and have made a rapid rise up the Non-League pyramid in recent years. They joined the West Midlands Regional League from the Shropshire league for the 2011/12 season and made an immediate impact by winning the WMRL Division 2 and going up as Champions. It didn’t take them long to secure another promotion and as a result they took their place in the WMRL Premier Division for the 2014/15 season. Last season they won that division and now they are set to start their first season in the MFL Premier Division.
Last season’s league winning campaign has some impressive stats as they won the league with a tally of 99 points. That put them 15 points clear of their nearest challenger and they suffered just 3 league defeats all season. The 38 matches produced a total of 135 goals for Haughmond and while they are very much an unknown quantity, they are clearly very used to winning games on a regular basis. Haughmond started their season last weekend with a 3-2 win at Wolverhampton Sporting in The FA Cup so Coventry Sphinx can expect to face a side full of confidence in Shrewsbury on Saturday.
Coventry Sphinx began their season with a defeat in The FA Cup last weekend so they will be looking to get going with a result in Shropshire. Coventry Sphinx had a solid season last season and they ended it with a Top 10 finish in the MFL Premier Division. An intriguing match awaits on Saturday and with player availability expected to improve for Coventry Sphinx they will be hopeful of a result but they know they’ll be in for a tough match and they’ll have to earn anything they get.
MIDLAND FOOTBALL LEAGUE PREMIER DIVISION: Saturday 12th August, 3pm
Haughmond v Coventry Sphinx
VENUE: Shrewsbury Sports Village, Sundorne Road, Shrewsbury, SY1 4RQ
OFFICIALS: Daniel Stokes, Greg Smith and Martin Swinscoe
Updated 21:17 - 9 Aug 2017 by Sharon Taylor