Midland Football League Premier Division
Long Eaton Utd 6-2 Coventry Sphinx
Coventry Sphinx have never won at Long Eaton and that never looked likely again within 8 minutes of last night’s match getting underway. An uncontested header was a poor way to start and an exposed O’Connor could do nothing about the lob that gave the hosts a 2-0 lead within 14 minutes. There was no further score in the first half but the Sphinx performance would have to show a dramatic improvement get anything from this game.
There was a brief showing of a lift in performance but the game was effectively put to bed within five minutes of the restart with another one on one opportunity dispatched. Sphinx did manage to pull a goal back quickly with Whitmore’s low cross helped into the Long Eaton net by their own defender. The first Sphinx substitute arrived with Billing coming into the Sphinx midfield to replace Whitmore. Just after the hour mark the lead was extended with a fierce drive from the hosts. With nothing to lose, Sphinx introduced striker Ryan Palmer for midfielder Bilic and youth striker Mo Billy also replaced Sean Kavanagh in the Sphinx attack. Long Eaton added a fifth in the final ten minutes but Mo Billy got Sphinx another consolation goal with a glancing header to open his goal scoring account for the first team. Billy had shown some real glimpses of quality and was linking up well with the likes of Max Howard and his goal gave another indication that he’s ready for first team football. Long Eaton had time to add a sixth with the last kick of the game and a well beaten Sphinx were left to consider what had gone wrong tonight.
The team doesn’t need me to tell them that last night wasn’t good enough. Every team suffers defeat at some point but it was the manner of the defeat that was disappointing. They will soon have an opportunity to show us what they are made of with Coventry United visiting the Ryona Engineering Supplies Stadium on Saturday for an FA Cup tie.
A response is expected.
COVENTRY SPHINX TEAM: CROSS, WHITMORE (Billing 58 mins), HOWARD, KAY, ALBRIGHTON, GUEST, BILIC (R.Palmer 65 mins), WOODWARD ©, KAVANAGH (Billy 72 mins), BARLONE, NOON
Unused Subs: Draper and Whitelaw
MAN OF THE MATCH: MAX HOWARD
Updated 20:25 - 7 Aug 2019 by Sharon Taylor
In my opinion, Max gave us everything you want to see. He never stopped working, never gave up and he is slotting in well into the senior team. Youth keeper Jude O’Connor had a busy debut and did well considering the pressure he was under. He also made some excellent saves, demonstrated good catching and calm good distribution.