Match Report: Sphinx hit four at Worcester
MFL Premier Division
Wednesday 17th April - The Victoria Ground, Bromsgrove
22’ Charlie Faulkner (Coventry Sphinx)
40’ Alex Pearson (Coventry Sphinx)
51’ Baldwin (Worcester City)
59’ Liam Kay (Coventry Sphinx)
64’ Josh O’Grady (Coventry Sphinx)
76’ Weir (Worcester City)
90’+5 Lemon (Worcester City)
RESULT: WORCESTER CITY 3-4 COVENTRY SPHINX
Coventry Sphinx got their first win at Worcester City on Wednesday night and they did it in style. The score line indicates a close match but Sphinx were cruising at 4-1 and two late goals from the hosts took some gloss off an excellent team performance. Youth team player Alex Pearson had earned himself another start and his Under 18s team mates, Callum Mack and Dan Kelly, also contributed to the victory. Liam Rock also made an unexpected return to the squad which only added to the youthful look to the Sphinx squad.
Sphinx came into the game with a 4-3 win at Quorn and a draw at Boldmere behind them so they had every reason to be in confident mood going into the game against Worcester. They were looking relatively comfortable in the opening stages and an early hopeful shout for a penalty was swiftly waved away after a Pearson shot was blocked. Alex Pearson was the next to threaten with some delightful skill in the penalty box but Worcester got the block in again. Sphinx then got the opening goal with Charlie Faulkner at the heart of it. Good wing play from Faulkner got him a free kick near the corner flag and Josh O’Grady stepped up to take the set piece. O’Grady whipped in a dangerous ball and FAULKNER was quick off the mark to get across the front of the defender at the near post and open the scoring with a firm header. The ball never reached the back of the net but it was clearly well over the line and the officials had no doubt the goal was good. A good start from Sphinx and Worcester were offering no real threat on the Sphinx goal either. Sphinx added to their lead five minutes before half time and it was a peach of a goal from young wide man Alex Pearson. The ball was worked to PEARSON a good 25 yards out in a central position and he took a touch and fired a perfect shot inside the post, low to the keepers left.
Sphinx took a two goal lead into the break and it was no more than they deserved with both wide men getting on the score sheet.
HALF TIME: WORCESTER CITY 0-2 COVENTRY SPHINX
Worcester made a double substitution at half time and Baldwin soon made an impact when he put away the ball after good work from Sinclair. Sphinx responded positively and Harkin had a shot deflected wide after O’Grady had fed him the ball. Sphinx then made their first substitution with experienced right back, Scott Lower, being replaced by up and coming right back Callum Mack who has progressed well in the Sphinx Under 18s this season. Immediately after that substitution Sphinx re-established their two goal lead. Callum Woodward delivered a fierce corner kick that Sphinx put in the net but the referee was insistent that Sphinx had to wait for his whistle. Woodward delivered the corner kick for the second time and it was the same result with Liam KAY rising at the back post to power in an unstoppable header. Sphinx were full of confidence now and it didn’t take long for them to add a fourth. The ever dangerous Josh O’GRADY found the room to shoot and planted a perfect curling strike into the top corner of the Worcester goal.
Sphinx looked in full control of this match now and they would have been disappointed to concede with 14 minutes left on the clock. Lee Knibbs then took the opportunity to freshen up the wide areas of his team with the introduction of 17 year old Dan Kelly and Liam Rock. Goal scorers Faulkner and Pearson were the ones to get a deserved breather. Liam Rock came very close to scoring with his first involvement in the game but his chance was snuffed out. Sphinx continued to create good chances and O’Grady would have been disappointed not to add to his tally when he shot over with the goal at his mercy. Five minutes of added time were played and in the last seconds of the game Worcester nicked a goal back. The resulting kick off was the last kick of the game and despite there only being one goal in it, Sphinx were great value for their win. Once Sphinx had opened the scoring, there looked like there was only going to be one winner in this game and Sphinx got the three points their performance had fully merited.
FULL TIME: WORCESTER CITY3-4 COVENTRY SPHINX
COVENTRY SPHINX MAN OF THE MATCH: Charlie Faulkner
A strong team performance with plenty to be enthused by. Liam Kay and Aaron Stringfellow were strong in the centre of defence and Kay even found time to get himself a goal. Blythe and Woodward are forming a formidable partnership in the midfield and they are complemented well by the creativity of Josh O’Grady. Tonight’s two wide players, Faulkner and Pearson, worked hard defensively and provided a real attacking threat. They both got on the score sheet but Faulkner takes the honours with the Man of the Match this time.
COVENTRY SPHINX TEAM: CROSS, LOWER (Mack 57mins), HUDSON, BLYTHE, KAY, STRINGFELLOW, FAULKNER (Kelly 81 mins), WOODWARD ©, HARKIN, O’GRADY, PEARSON (Rock 81 mins). Unused Subs: Bull
Coventry Sphinx are back in action on Saturday 20th April when they travel to Loughborough University.