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Lye Town 0-0 Coventry United – Match Report & Highlights

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Having only managed a draw away at bottom of the table Brocton FC in the week, United made the difficult trip to high flying Lye Town. Sitting in 2nd place and having lost only one match all season they would prove stiff opposition. The match ended all square in a 0-0 draw with perhaps Coventry being the team who looked more likely to win it late on.

Jimmy Halton, a recent signing from Coventry Sphinx, took his second start in the middle of the field with captain Chris Cox now a regular starter at centre back. Halton wasted no time making his mark on proceedings with an early caution for fouls carrying a bite that had been somewhat missing since Jean Dakouri’s two sending offs and subsequent 5 match suspension. The midfielder would tread a tightrope for the rest of the match before being substituted after 51 minutes, presumably to save him from a red card having received a final talking to.

United have invested in youth this season with a new Under 21 squad and youth academy, and youngster Gilbert Kugbe-Diszam came off the bench for his 4th appearance of the season and gave an accomplished display breaking up some threatening moves from Lye Town in the second half.

United went close early on in the match when Muziwandile Nduna found himself through on goal, but he fluffed his lines with a tamely hit shot that was easily saved by goalkeeper Dean Coleman. Coventry remained organised as a unit for the full 90 minutes and restricted Lye Town to chances from set pieces, which looked the only way they might score. A free kick midway through the first half was met by Luke Paskin who was slightly unlucky to thunder his headed effort onto the bar and clear.

Although ending goalless the match still managed to entertain as both teams worked the ball forwards in an end to end affair. With less than half an hour remaining United manager put on substitutes Kai Williams and Ben Mackey, both returning to fitness following injuries. As they got into the game United’s football looked more penetrating and for the last 15 minutes they created several chances that on a different day could have won the match, but Lye just about clung onto a point.

Williams linked up well with Kevin Thornton finding him space to run into the box, but his terrific shot was saved well. A Robert Prinzel shot from a corner was blasted wide, and an injury time free kick taken by Josh O’Grady saw Prinzel find the side netting.

A much improved performance from the red and greens, Anderson’s tactics of keeping it tight and then building the pressure later on with well timed substitutions almost paid dividends. The re-introduction of Williams and Mackey will no doubt bear fruit again, but the squad remains light with several players such as defenders Jamie Coleman and Callum Burgess nursing longer term injuries and impressive 17 year old Lewis Hudson moving on.

Shots (CUFC) (LTFC)
On target (4) (3)
Off target (5) (2)
Corners (6) (7)
Free kicks (26) (20)
Yellow cards (2) (3)
Red cards (0) (0)
Off sides (0) (3)

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