Boldmere St Michaels (1)
Coventry United FC v Boldmere St Michaels FC
Midland Football League Premier Division
Date: Thursday 12th April 2018
Venue: The Trevor Brown Memorial Ground
Well hello one and all. Due to all the recent rainfall, tonight’s fixture has been reversed due to the state of our pitch so we now go to play at Boldmere’s Trevor Brown Memorial ground. With very little time left to get our remaining fixtures completed, reversing the fixture was an obvious choice.
The games are going to be coming thick and fast now and the depth of our squad is sure to be tested to the limit. Boldmere currently sit in 14th position having played 6 games more but I’m sure they will provide another stern test for United. It will also be interesting to see what the starting line up will be with availability and suspensions to factor in for the manager Terry Anderson.
The referee gets the game under way and the game starts with a good tempo being set by both sides. The Mikes No9 Rikardo Reid had the first shot at goal from the edge of the area in the 4th minute but fortunately his attempt fell wide of the target. United then responded with a shot at goal themselves when Lewis Rankin tried his luck from 25yrds out and blazes his shot just over the bar in the 6th minute.
In the early stages the Mikes are shading it and their best chance to date comes when they win a corner in the 14th minute. It’s taken by the No7 Ben Usher-Shipway and his pinpoint cross finds the head of the No6 Joe Lyng and his fine powerful header crashes off the cross bar and out of play.
The Mikes continue to seek to make the breakthrough and another chance falls to them after some neat penetrative build up play which ends with the No10 Jason Holmes shooting tamely at the United keeper Thomas Dyche in the 21st minute. United then once again respond instantly with a break of their own and Craig Reids shot is gathered with ease by the Mikes keeper Reiss Wagstaff in the 22nd minute.
More pressure from the Mikes sees the No8 Craig Mulligan (capt) fire his shot just wide of the target in the 25th minute.
Both teams are trying to play football and are for most parts cancelling each other out with both defences standing up manfully to everything being thrown at them. As the first half draws to a close, United finish the strongest as they see shots from Lewis Rankin and Kyle Carey easily gathered by the Mikes keeper Reiss Wagstaff in the 34th & 37th minutes respectively.
Soon after the referee blows up for half time with the deadlock still to be broken.
UNITED 0 The Mikes 0
The second half gets under way with neither side making any changes during the break. United come out of the blocks from the start and are soon on the offensive. They press forward in the 48th minute and Dominik Alleyne did really well to get into the area with the ball before cutting it back to the waiting Craig Reid who despatched a lovely shot to coolly steer it past the Mikes keeper Riess Wagstaff for the opening goal of the game.
UNITED 1 The MIKES 0
What a great start to the second half. United have edged in front in a game on another day could of found themselves 2-0 down. You have to take your chances and Craig Reid certainly did that with a great finish.
The first booking of the game goes to United’s Kyle Barnett for his challenge in the 54th minute. Six minutes later in the 63rd minute the Mikes make a change when they take off the No8 Craig Milligan and send on the No16 Jack Skinner.
The game is a good even contest with plenty of endeavour being shown from both sides and soon after another yellow card is shown this time to United’s Gift Mussa for persistent fouling in the 69th minute. While the game is stopped United decide to make a change of their own when they take off the impressive Dominik Alleyne and send on Danny Cairns. Then in the 70th minute United make another change when they take off Joshua Cooke and send on Ryan Palmer.
With United having the lion’s share of possession so far in this half, the Mikes carve out a great chance to equalise after some great build up play down the right sees a great cross latched onto by the No6 Joe Lyng but somehow his shot went just wide of the post when he looked certain to score in the 75th minute.
The next minute in the 76th spells disaster for United when Gift Mussa is shown a second yellow card and a red follows for his rash challenge that sees his team reduced to 10 men for the final 15 minutes. More bookings follow as united try to keep a resurgent Mikes that are trying to get back on level terms. United’s Kyle Carey is booked for his dogged determination to help persevere his teams slender lead in the 80th minute.
The game is now into the last 10 minutes and United make their final change when they take off Frankie Baignett and send on Ryan Makwense in the 82nd minute. The Mikes do the same in the 85th minute when they take off the No10 Jason Holmes and send on the No14 Reece Mitchell.
The game is now in the 88th minute and United have their backs to the wall as the Mikes are pressing hard for the equaliser. They create an opening that saw the No6 Joe Lyng in and his fierce shot is fantastically saved by the United keeper Thomas Dyche and the loose ball is blasted clear by Robert prinzel to secure the points for United. Soon after the referee blows up for full time and United have held on.
UNITED 1 The MIKES 0
In summing up this game I would have to say IT’S ALL ABOUT TAKING YOUR CHANCES. The first half saw the Mikes carve out a couple of great chances to score and could have been 2-0 up at the break on another day. Both teams competed well and fought hard for every ball. The Mikes failed to make their first half pressure count as the they went into the break with the score at 0-0.
The second half saw United see much more of the ball and wasted no time in edging in front with a well worked goal complimented with a cool finish by Craig Reid. Chances for both teams were rare throughout though United looked deserved of their slender lead that had to be manfully defended for right to the end after having Gift Mussa sent off with 15 minutes still left to play.
Players worthy of a mention would have to be the Mikes No6 Joe Lyng. He was always in the thick of it and has a good eye for goal as United have found out in previous encounters but thankfully tonight his shooting boots were missing.
For United there were a few who would be worthy of the man of the match award tonight. There were a lots of first choice players missing tonight but the lads selected did not disappoint as they all worked extremely hard for each other and pulled out a tough professional job to claim the 3pts. Dominik Alleyne defended really well and was always looking to get forward to support attacking play and claimed an assist along the way. Kyle Carey showed plenty of steel and guile against a very robust Mikes midfield with great support from Gift Mussa until his early departure. Craig Reid making a shock appearance was a calming influence throughout this game constantly talking to his team mates and capped his performance with a coolly struck winning goal but for me tonight the man of the match goes to captain Chris Cox. He was immense tonight and did a great job on their No9 Rickardo Reid. He won almost everything in the air tonight and once again covered plenty of ground chasing down the ball so well played Chris Cox.
Match stats United Mikes
On target (5) (2)
Off target (4) (6)
Corners (3) (2)
Free kicks (10) (14)
Yellow cards (4) (0)
Red cards (1) (0)
Offside (4) (3)