Coalville Town 2-3 Marine
Ten man Marine win again on the road...
Marine recorded back to back away wins in the Evo-Stik Premier Division as they beat Coalville Town 3-2 at Owen Street on Saturday.
Tommy Lawson’s men were full value for this win, scoring twice with ten men after Tom Field had been sent off early in the second half and having chances to extend their 3-1 lead before the hosts reduced the arrears in injury time.
The visitors, without goalkeeper Martin Fearon on his stag party and striker Josh Amis due to illness, started the game brightly but fell behind with just six minutes on the clock, a free kick from the right being met by Kyle Bryant to glance a header inside Germano Mendes’ right hand post.
The Ravens moved the ball neatly and had a couple more half chances, Tom McGlinchey shooting over the top and Nathan Watson seeing a shot blocked from close range.
The Mariners started to take more control of proceedings as the half wore on and were denied an equaliser by a fine save from Elliott Taylor, the satsuma swarthed shotstopper parrying Dom Reid’s powerful volley from 15 yards.
It was a short lived reprieve though as Lawson’s men equalised straight from the resultant corner, the ball being half cleared as far as Danny Mitchley to shoot, his volley heading for the top corner before taking a touch off Liam Tongue on its way in to the net.
The second half saw unsavoury scenes just before the hour, Alex Howes’ late challenge on Peter Wylie sparking an angry confrontation between them quickly followed by players from both sides pushing and shoving. Field was shown a straight red card for throwing a ball in the direction of the home bench with Wylie and Howes also cautioned, the latter perhaps fortunate to remain on the pitch for the initial foul.
The incident seemed to galvanise the Mariners who proceeded with a text book demonstration of how to play with ten men, defending determinedly and breaking in numbers and at pace when the opportunity arose.
The Crosby club took the lead on 63 minutes, Mitchley looking like he was going to lob the keeper but instead picking out his team mate at the far post, Tongue lashing the ball home from close range to notch his 8th goal of the season.
Seven minutes later it was 3-1, Mendes extending his reach to its full extent to punch clear at the very edge of his penalty area and a lightning fast break from Mitchley playing in Michael Brewster, the popular midfielder rounding the last defender and goalkeeper before knocking the ball in to the empty net.
The Ravens had plenty of possession as they tried to stretch play, but a well organised Marine defence kept them at bay quite comfortably at the expense of a number of corners, all of which came to nought.
McGlinchey came closest for the homesters, his shot from point blank range being kept out by the hulking frame of Mendes, before Brewster had the chance to put the result beyond doubt at the other end after another swift break with substitute George Donnelly, his shot going wide in almost an action replay of his goal.
Coalville reduced the arrears deep in to injury time, Howes curling a nice finish in to the top corner from 25 yards but Marine saw out time to take all three points.
Coalville Town: Elliott Taylor (James Dillon), Cleveland Taylor (Ben Bradshaw), Kyle Bryant, Lee Torr, Dean Freeman, Jermaine Hollis, Tom McGlinchey, Kyle Dixon, Jake Woolley (Alex Dean), Nathan Watson (Cap), Alex Howes.
Unused subs: Steve Towers, Danny Jenno.
Marine: Germano Mendes, Peter Wylie, James Short, Adam Hughes, Kenny Strickland, Billy Smart, Michael Brewster, Tom Field, Danny Mitchley (Cap) (George Donnelly), Dom Reid (James Murray), Liam Tongue.
Unused subs: Niall Watson, Tony Donaldson, Phil Baker.