Coventry United 4-1 Brocton FC

Midland Football League Premier Division – 17/09/2016

Torrential rain leading up to kick off could not take the shine off a commanding Coventry United performance. In fact as the match progressed things brightened up at Sphinx Drive as the hosts controlled the game with an entertaining passing game.

Kevin Thornton was at the heart of most things, with deft one touch passing and turns that at times left the Brocton team bewildered. Manager Terry Anderson will no doubt be over the moon to have Thornton back fit and in such form. There were plenty of individuals that shone through within an overall excellent team performance, the only downside for Anderson being the forced withdrawal of striker Ben Mackay before the first half had ended.

Brocton struggled throughout to get hold of the ball, yet it was the visitors who almost snatched an early lead after a towering header from a high cross rattled the United bar. The home team soon grew into the ascendancy and it seemed the only way for Brocton to stop the onslaught was through constant fouling.

An impressive marauding run down the left side from Lewis Hudson saw his shot saved. Coventry then switched the emphasis to the right, with slick passing between Pierre Moudime and Thornton resulting in Josh O’Grady picking up the ball on the edge of the box and curling an unstoppable shot into the top left corner.

Minutes later Thornton picked the ball up and jinked his way between Brocton players leaving himself a one on one with the keeper which he finished well. Coventry were playing some nice football now and seemingly able to switch the point of attacks at will.

O’Grady scored another at the start of the 2nd half, although team mate Mikel Beckley may argue that he got the final touch. Brocton somehow managed to find a goal following a hopeful punt up the field that sprung the offside trap, United will be disappointed not to keep a clean sheet. Saves throughout the second period from Brocton goalkeeper Aiden Stone kept things respectable before Chris Cox finished things off with a rasping low finish into the corner of the net to make it 4-1.

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