South Normanton Athletic


South Normanton Athletic FC v Coventry United FC

Midland Football League Premier Division


Date:                 Wednesday 27th March 2018

KO:                    7.45pm

Venue:              MJ Robinson Structures Arena

Attendance:    60


Well hello one and all. After the convincing 3-0 home win against Stourport Swifts at the weekend, United tonight travel up the M1 to take on South Normanton Athletic FC for the first time.

SNA have had what looks like a tough time after gaining promotion into the MFLP and are languishing in 20th place before tonight’s game. As we know, no game is an easy one in this division and with former Coventry City striker Marcus Tudgay in their ranks, they will surely remain a serious goal threat.

United’s manager Terry Anderson will have to juggle his pack around as the mighty Shaquille McDonald starts his three match suspension for his sending off at the game against Shawbury United last week. Terry will be keen to see his troops continue in their good form that has seen them chalk up 5 wins in the last 7games.

The referee gets the game under way and United waste no time in getting at SNA. They force an early corner and soon after in the 8th minute United move the ball forward quickly and a Lewis Rankin pass finds Brad Jones  and his shot fizzes just past the post. They continue to make all the early running and are soon on the attack again in the 9th minute after more good build up play that sees Lewis Rankin hit the post with an audacious angled drive. United’s Lewis Rankin  soon has another chance from a free kick in a great position in the 12th minute but his curling shot drops just wide of the target.

United have settled into the game really well and are in complete control. They press forward again and Kyle Carey slips a neat ball into Lewis Rankin and sets him off towards goal but his shot once again sadly goes just wide of the target in the 20th minute. United are creating plenty of chances but need to make one of them count.

The first booking of the game falls to the SNA No5 captain Marc Strzyzgwski for hauling down United’s Gift Mussa in the 25th minute.

It takes until the 27th minute for SNA to register their first attempt at goal. They break free and the No11 Tom Lewis races into the area and tries to chip the keeper Tom Dyche but Dyche manages to tip the ball wide and out for a corner that is easily dealt with.

The half is drawing to an end and United are still looking for the goal they richly deserve. In the 1st minute of added time United mount another attack and Chris Cox sees his low angled shot fly into the back of the net with the aid of a deflection from a SNA defender and United have finally broken through.


The game resumes and soon after the referee blows up for half time.

Half Time


Second Half

The second half gets under way with neither side making any changes during the break. United continue where they left off and go looking for another goal. Chris Cox has an early shot that goes high and wide of the target in the 49th minute and then Lewis Rankin did really well to create some space before sending his shot straight to the SNA keeper Curtis Hall for an easy take in the 52nd minute. Another chance is not long in coming when United power forward again and a good Kyle Carey cross into the area finds Chris cox and his neat low volleyed shot is easily gathered by the keeper Curtis Hall in the 56th minute.

More sustained United pressure finally pays off in the 64th minute when the SNA No2 Dave Leigh brings down Lewis Rankin inside the area and the referee points straight to the spot. Dave Leigh gets a booking for his troubles as captain Kevin Thornton steps up to take the penalty and makes no mistake as he rifles it past the keeper Curtis Hall.


United are good value for their lead and don’t seem content with their two goal lead as they are soon on the prowl for another. Both teams decide to make changes in the 70th minute with SNA taking off the No8 Mat Iisley and sending on the No15 Tom Leighton and United taking off Dominik Alleyne and sending on Frankie Baignet.

United soon get back into their attacking rhythm and when the ball is played across the area to the waiting Lewis Rankin, he coolly squeezes the ball past the keeper and into the corner of the net from the edge of the area to surely now seal the points for United in the 72nd minute.


United have been ruthless tonight and SNA are struggling to get any lengthy possession of the ball. As the game moves into the last 10 minutes United make a double substitution when they take off Kevin Thornton and Brad Jones and send on Niall Rowe and Kyle Barnett in the 80th minute. SNA follow suit in the 82nd minute when they take off the No7 Jon King and send on the No17 James Fogg.

The clock is running down and before long the referee blows up for full time and United claim another victory and welcome 3pts.

Full Time


In summing up this game I would have to say TOTALLY DOMINATED PROCEEDINGS. United completely bossed this game from start to finish and looked really good moving the ball forward. They passed the ball quickly and precisely as they continually tore into ATHLETIC at will and on another day this score line could have been doubled. They are brimming with confidence and it’s showing in their play and in this current form they will be a match for any team in this league.

Players worthy of a mention would have to be the No4 Kane Jellyman. He had a busy night trying to keep United at bay and chipped in with plenty of interceptions and block tackles.

For United this was another cracking team performance and there were many good shifts put in. Kevin Thornton once again put himself about looking to get the attacking play started, Kyle Carey is proving to be a shrewd signing and always looked a threat going forward, Gift Mussa was his normal Gift Mussa doing what he does best and Lewis Rankin had probably is best game for a while and was always in the thick of his teams attacking options and ended up getting his just rewards with a second half goal. Robert Prinzel also had a good game having former Coventry City forward Marcus Tudgay firmly in his pocket. My man of the match tonight though goes to Chris Cox. Chris playing out of position up front ran his socks off and caused ATHLETIC plenty of problems with his direct style of play and got his team under way with the opening goal so well played Chris Cox.

Match Stats              United         Athletic

On target                     (6)                 (0)

Off target                     (9)                (3)

Corners                        (6)                (1)

Free kicks                    (9)                (18)

Yellow cards               (0)                (2)

Red cards                    (0)                (0)

Offside                        (5)                (4)