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Coventry United vs Shawbury United – Match Report

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Coventry United FC 2-0 Shawbury United FC

Midland Football League Premier Division 15/10/2016

After an early season home draw and an away replay in the FA Cup Qualifying Round this was the 3rd time that Coventry United had faced Shawbury. The first 2 occasions were gritty affairs with Coventry dominating possession, but finding a very organised Shawbury side difficult to break down and this match followed suit.

Following the midweek Polymac Cup in which manager Terry Anderson chose to shuffle his pack, resting most of his first eleven, and giving 5 Under 21 players an opportunity to shine ended in a 2-1 defeat against St Andrews the home side were back to full strength for this match.

Mid way through the first half Josh O’Grady picked out Ben Mackey from a free kick, the resulting shot tipped onto the post by goalkeeper Nick Ashley. Shawbury were soaking up the pressure with the emphasis on counter attack. They did this twice in the first period, with Nathan Hodge being brought down by Callum Burgess when stretching him for pace, resulting in a yellow card for the centre back, then a long punt forward catching the United back line off guard which saw a tight angled shot hit the side netting.

From the 40th minute onwards the red and greens seem to find another gear with more meaningful possession resulting in several chances. A Mackey shot well blocked, an O’Grady shot cleared off the line and a Chris Cox header saved with the rebound put over the bar by Mikel Beckley all within 10 minutes spanning the interval. Whilst just before the half time whistle the visitors arguably came closest to opening the scoring with a speculative 30 yard strike by Hodge which crashed off the post.

As the second period started, Pierre Moudime, the United right back and Man of the Match, cleared a Shawbury effort off the line to keep parity. An injury to Mackey saw the introduction of pacey Kai Williams, and soon after, the trickery of Muziwandile Nduna was brought on to add further attacking options for the hosts who were determined in breaking the deadlock and securing their fourth league win in succession. With only 15 minutes to go, Williams skipped clear, the formidable Ashley saved yet again but this time the rebound fell back kindly to Williams who showed both composure unselfishness to square to Beckley for an easy finish.

As the match drew to a nervy close Shawbury had another effort cleared off the line, this time by substitute Robert Prinzel. There was just time for the impressive Moudime to turn creator linking up well with Beckley for a trademark one-two before crossing for Williams to slide home. The victory sees United move up to 8th in the Premier League with impetus and games in hand over all their higher placed rivals.

Shots (CUFC) (SUFC)
On target (8) (3)
Off target (6) (2)
Corners (6) (3)
Free kick (22) (16)
Yellow cards (0) (4)
Red cards (0) (0)

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