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Coventry United FC v AFC Wulfrunians

Midland Football League Premier Division

 

Date:       30th September 2017

KO:          3.00pm

Venue:    Butts Park Arena

Attendance: 280

 

Hello one and all. After last week’s late 2-1 victory over Stone Old Alleynians in the FA Vase, United today get back into league action with a home game against AFC Wulfrunians. It was only 20 days ago that we played them away and went down 1-0 on the night to record our first league defeat of the season. AFCW are turning out to be one of our bogey teams as we have now failed to beat them on three occasions to date. This fact makes today’s game vitally important as AFCW have had a great start to their campaign. With the league standings being so close, a defeat for United today could see them drop into mid table such is the closeness at the minute.

United manager Terry Anderson is still being plagued with a couple of long term injuries as he tries to put together a more settled side. With two defeats and a draw in their last three league games, it’s not rocket science to say how important it is to stop this current run of results with a victory today. This is sure to be another really tough game and United will have to be at their best to grind out a win they so badly need to stay in touch with the leading pack.

The game gets under way and it’s AFCW that show the early promise with some concerted pressure. They work the ball forward well in the 6th minute and after a great double save from United’s keeper Richard Morris, United’s defence failed to clear the ball and the AFCW No4 Joseph Oaley is there to steer the ball through a packed area and into the net for the opening goal of the game.

UNITED 0 AFCW 1

That’s a great start for AFCW and already United now have a mountain to climb. AFCW are not planning on sitting back on the slender lead and are moving the ball around confidently. It takes until the 15th minute for United’s first chance on goal when Craig Reid does well before laying the ball off to Lewis Rankin but his shot brings out a good save from the AFCW keeper John Bateman.

United are now starting to find their feet and are having more of the possession. The next 14 minutes sees them create a few further chances that are sadly easily dealt with by the AFCW defence. That is though until in the 29th minute United’s pressure finally pays off when they break forward quickly. Lewis Rankin does well before touching the ball to Craig Reid who then plays a neat ball back to Lewis Rankin who then proceeds to coolly guide the ball past the keeper for the equaliser from just inside the area.

UNITED 1 AFCW 1

United are now deservedly back on level terms after a sluggish start. Straight from the restart United break again with Chris Cox and David Moli linking up well. Moli lays a perfect ball for Craig Reid but from a great position Reid blazes his shot high over the bar in the 30th minute.

The first half is in sight and United are finishing it strongly with some good power play  that needs to be turned into goals. They see further chances thwarted but finally get their just reward in the 41st minute. United’s David Moli picks up the ball wide on the left before drifting in passing a couple of defenders on the way. He runs across the edge of the area before sending a perfectly hit reverse shot past the stranded AFCW keeper John Bateman to put his side into the lead.

UNITED 2 AFCW 1

What a turn around from United. They have really got hold of the game after a sticky start and it was a great time to school as soon after the referee blew up for half time.

Half Time

UNITED 2 AFCW 1

Second Half

The second half gets under way and United have made a double substitution during the break. They have taken off Joshua O’Grady and Scott Hammond and replaced them with Ryan Quinn and Lewis Hudson.

United start the second half where they left off in the first and are soon on the hunt for another goal. They break with purpose as David Moli and Lewis Rankin combine well before Moli’s shot eventually goes wide of the target in the 49th minute.

Soon after AFCW decide to make a change when they take off the No8 captain Richard Palmer and send on No12 Callum Parker in the 50th minute.

United continue to force the pace and are looking good value for their slender lead but as chances come and go, are they going to be rueing those come the end of the game. More good work between David Moli and Lewis Hudson sees Lewis Rankin hit the side netting in the 51st minute. United are putting more and more pressure on AFCW and great approach play sees Craig Reid put through and his good goal bound shot brings out another great save by the keeper John Bateman in the 58th minute.

AFCW have managed to soak up a lot of United pressure of late and they get a bit of good fortune in my opinion from the referee when in the 62nd minute a long AFCW punt up field sees the No11 Jordan Harrison latch onto it and race into the area. United’s keeper Richard Morris comes out to meet him and seems to win the ball cleanly before the forward falls over Morris but the referee saw it differently and awarded AFCW a penalty and Morris a yellow card to rub salt into his wounds. Jordan Harrison then dusts himself down before stepping up to take the penalty and guiding the ball past Richard Morris for the equaliser.

UNITED 2 AFCW 2

Well it would be safe to say that that was definitely against the run of play. United now have to continue in the same vein but start to convert more of these chances.

AFCW decide to make another change in the 64th minute when they take off the No7 Jake Webb and send on the No14 Nazar Timar.

More United pressure sees David Moli bring out another great save from the keeper John Bateman from a Lewis Rankin free kick in the 67th minute that goes out for a corner that then sees a Moli shot hit the side netting.

The next few minutes sees AFCW’s defence have a breather as they venture forward for the first time in a while. They create a couple of great chances when the No12 Callum Parker broke free to blast his shot off the post. He then latched onto the rebound and blasted his shot towards goal for Richard Morris to then make a fantastic save from close range in the 69th minute. AFCW’s gather some momentum and another chance soon comes when the No9 Nicolas Turton’s shot brings out another fine save from Richard Morris in the 73rd minute.

The game has now moved into the last 10 minutes and disaster strikes in the 82nd minute when AFCW break down the right. The No9 Nicolas Turton plays a lovely deep cross to the back post where the substitute No14 Nazar Timar is lurking unmarked and makes no mistake as he drills the ball past Richard Morris to give his team the lead for the second time in this game.

UNITED 2 AFCW 3

Oh dear, what a body blow that is. United have it all to do again with only a few minutes remaining. United try to press forward straight away and are stopped by the No9 Nicolas Turton’s pull on United’s Lewis Hudson that earns him a yellow card in the 84th minute.

United decide to beef up their attack and take off Gift Mussa and send on Aaron Opoku in the 85th minute. Then from a Rankin free kick in the 89th minute Jamie Coleman’s tamely hit shot goes straight to the keeper Bateman for an easy gather.

With the game now deep into added time, United’s Jamie Coleman swung a foot at the ball and completely missed and that let in the persistent No9 Nicolas Turton who wasted no time in racing towards goal before spotting a team mate in a better position. He squared the ball across and standing all alone totally unmarked was No14 Nazar Timar to smash his shot home for his second of the game and the points for his team IN THE 90+3 minutes.

UNITED 2 AFCW 4

Now that score line is a bit harsh on United to be fair but as I said earlier, you have to punish teams when your chances come and United have failed to do that again today. The referee soon after blows up for full time and it’s another 3pts dropped for United.

Full Time

UNITED 2 AFCW 4

In summing up this game United started the game rather sluggishly and AFCW made them pay for that with an early goal. After about 20 minutes they started to move the ball quickly and started to carve out some good chances and by the end of the first half had equalised and then got their noses in front.

The second half saw United carry on where they left off and though more chances came they failed to convert them while they were on top. Then AFCW started to see more of the ball themselves but were very fortunate to be awarded a penalty that got them back on level terms mid -way through the half. They then had a bit of a purple patch and caused United plenty of problems that required the keeper Richard Morris to pull off a handful of top class saves to keep United in the game.

Then after a couple of individual errors that led to two further goals for AFCW, the game was over and the bogey team had struck again.

Players worthy of a mention today would have to be the keeper John Bateman for AFCW as he had to make a few great saves to keep his team in the hunt when they were under the cosh.

For United, They are still not quite firing on all cylinders at the minute but are still managing to create some decent chances but are failing to put them away when they are on top in games. That then gives teams a way back in and today shows that with great effect. Chris Cox and Gift Mussa worked hard all day in the midfield as they usually do. David Moli worked hard too and looked fitter today and chipped in with a well taken goal. My man of the match today though is a no brainer really as Richard Morris had to pull off a string of great saves to keep his team in the game right up till the end so very well played Richard Morris.

United have hit a bit of a dip in form of late but the next game is only a few days away so it’s the perfect way to start getting back on track with a victory on Tuesday night. We all need to keep supporting the team though the hard times as well as the good and I’m sure we will soon be back to winning ways. PUCU

Match Stats           (United)      (AFCW)

On target                   (9)                 (9)

Off target                   (11)               (3)

Corners                      (7)                  (2)

Free kicks                  (10)                (9)

Yellow cards              (1)                 (1)

Red cards                   (0)                 (0)

Offside                        (1)                (1)

 

 

 

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