Fixture: Coventry Sphinx v Boldmere St Michaels
Date: Friday 28th December, 2018
Venue: Sphinx Drive, off Siddeley Avenue, Stoke, Coventry, CV3 1WA
PREVIEW: Two form sides meet at Sphinx Drive on Friday evening. Both teams have lost just once in their last six fixtures and both teams have scored 16 goals in those six games. Coventry Sphinx are in 4th place and will be looking to close the gap on the leaders who are now just four points ahead of them. Boldmere are in 8th place and a win for them will put them level on points with 5th place Shepshed Dynamo.
Updated 16:10 - 27 Dec 2018 by Sharon Taylor
COVENTRY SPHINX: Coventry Sphinx won the Coventry derby on Boxing Day and that took them to within four points of the league leaders. That win also lifted them to the top of the current form table with five wins from their last six games. Their only blip was a 2-0 defeat at Lye Town. November ended with a 5-1 win at Wolverhampton Sporting and December started with a big home win against Highgate Utd. A penalty shoot out win over Coventry Utd then sent them into the quarter finals of the League Cup. Defeat at Lye Town followed but Sphinx responded with a marvellous 4-0 win at Leaders Ilkeston Town. They then ended Shepshed’s 18 game unbeaten run when they beat them 2-1 at Sphinx Drive. Boxing Day success followed and now they face the task of taking on 8th place Boldmere St Michaels.
THE OPPOSITION: Boldmere have been on a fine run of form recently but that run of good results ended on Boxing Day when they suffered a 4-0 defeat at Shepshed Dynamo. Before that defeat they had put together a seven game unbeaten league run which included wins away at Westfields and Sporting Khalsa. Draws are rare away from home for Boldmere with just one of their 12 away games ending all square.
PREVIOUS MEETINGS: This will be the first meeting between the clubs this season but there have been many meetings between the clubs in recent years. Last season we had to wait until the last game of the season to welcome Boldmere to Sphinx Drive for a league match. Ryan Harkin scored the solitary goal of that game to give Sphinx the win. In February, the clubs were involved in an entertaining 2-2 draw at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground. Boldmere raced into a two goal lead after goals from Nesbitt and Shaw but a Luke Downes drive pulled a goal back for Sphinx just before half time. Sphinx completed the comeback with a Harkin strike in added time to take a point.
ADMISSION: Adults £6, Over 65s £5 and Under 16’s FREE (I.D may be required).
BAR FACILITIES: Our clubhouse is located adjacent to the car park before you pass through the turnstiles and here you will find a well-stocked bar showing live sport with an outdoor seating area. Our clubhouse also houses the toilet facilities which can be found on your right as soon as you enter the building through the main entrance. Sky Sports will be on in the bar before and after the game.
The bar has a wide selection of drinks on tap and they include Carling (£3.20), Coors Light (£3.20), Worthington (£3.10), Strongbow (£3.50) and Guinness (£3.60).
FOOD: Hot food, Snacks and hot drinks will be available pitch side from “The Cabin”
MATCH DAY PROGRAMME: Our new look programme also has a new editor with Chris Nee bringing his experience and knowledge of football writing to the Coventry Sphinx Match Day Programme. The programme is full colour and is packed full of original and fresh content and is great value for £1.50.
CLUB SHOP: Here you can buy your copy of the popular Match Day programme as well as take a look at our range of club merchandise which includes Mugs, Pin Badges and our brand new design of scarves and key rings.
TRAVEL: Coventry train station is a short taxi journey away or a 30 minute walk. Any bus service from the city centre that uses the Binley Road will also take you to Sphinx Drive. Get off the bus opposite the Bulls Head Pub, cross the Binley Road and walk down Bulls Head Lane at the side of the pub. Then turn right just after the New Inn Pub to continue on Bulls Head Lane. Take the second left into Siddeley Avenue and after 50 yards turn left into Sphinx Drive which will take you up to our ground.
PARKING: We offer FREE parking at Sphinx Drive but please follow the instructions of the car park attendants and arrive in good time to ensure you get a space. On street parking is available locally but please park considerately to our neighbours.
OFFICIALS: Ashley Devonport, Steven Johnson and Josh Boyd