Sat 23
Shepshed Dynamo
Coventry Sphinx
M Fowler (0' Sent Off), (0'), A Jackson (0' Sent Off), R Cutting (0')
Backs Against The Wall....

Backs Against The Wall....

By Lynton Wilkinson
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Sphinx gained 3 well earned points away at Shepshed playing the last 20 minutes with 9 men.

For the second week running the game in my opinion was spoilt by some bizarre refereeing decisions leaving Sphinx to play the last 20 minutes of the game with 9 men.
The game started with both teams attacking well with Shepshed using the long ball tactic to get there speedy forwards on the attack. This caused Sphinx problems and in the 15th minute Shepshed took the lead with a good run down the right and a low cross for the centre forward to poke home from 10 yards.
Sphinx responded well with kiam Galdins and ash cain causing problems down the flanks but just couldnt quie find that killer ball.
Sphinx levelled in the 20th minute when Ash cains centre found the head of Matty Fowler who bagged the equaliser for Sphinx. Sphinx were now on top and came close on two other occasions Ricky cutting had a shot well saved by the keeper and kiam galdins had a shot just go narrowly wide.
The second half from Sphinx point of view was full of controversy. In the 60th minute Matty Fowler put in a innocous challange on the Shepshed centre forward which was made worse by the reaction of the Shepshed players which caused a slight bit of shoving and pushing from both sets of players. After the melee settled the referee spoke to both linesman and he sent off Matty Fowler and booked Matt Bannister though never spoke to any Shepshed players.
in the 65th minute Ashley jackson was booked for kicking the ball away as the referee blew for a foul to Sphinx, in the 75 the minute jackson gave away a soft foul in front of the home support who were asking for the player to be booked and the referee showed him a second red. Leaving Sphinx to play the last 15 minutes plus injry time with 9 men.
In the 80th minute a refereeing decision left the Sphinx support baffled.
Shepsheds winger fouled Adam Sullivan and in the process kicked the ball away he was not even talked to by the referee wheres the consistency??
Sphinx resolutely defended for the remainder of the match protecting carl O'Neills goal with great attitude and discipline to make it 2 league wins on the bounce for luke Hopkins men
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Sat 23, Nov 2013






Division 1