Lye Town


Coventry United FC v Lye Town FC

Midland Football League Premier Division


Date:           Wednesday 7th March 2018

KO:              7.45pm

Venue:        Butts Park Arena

Attendance: 126


Well hello one and all. Finally we have a home fixture for us to view and tonight we welcome Lye Town FC to the Butts Park Arena to contest this Midland Football league encounter that will result in another welcome 3pts. Lye Town have had a bit of an indifferent season this year compared to last season. They are currently sitting in 17th place with 30 pts and also having played 4 games more than United at this stage.

That said, we all are fully aware that nothing is given in this league and United will have to work hard throughout this game if they are going to take anything from it. United Manager Terry Anderson will be without central defender Niall Rowe as he starts his suspension after being sent off at Rocester FC a few weeks ago.

The referee gets the game under way and straight from the off United’s Ben Vallance puts a long cross deep into the area where United’s Shaquille McDonald just failed to connect with in the 1st minute. That early excitement soon faded away as both teams struggled to string passes together and a scrappy affair ensued.

The next chance falls to United when they pressed forward in the 17th minute. United’s Brad Jones did well working his way down the line wide on the right before laying the ball off to Lewis Rankin. Lewis Rankin was in space but outside the area and his attempted shot blazed well wide of the target.

Lye Town were actually knocking the ball around a little better than United but were being restricted to free kicks that all came to nothing.

Another rare United attack comes in the 28th minute when the ball is fed to Shaquille McDonald who sees the Lye keeper off his line and tries to catch him out with an audacious shot from a full 35yrds out but the ball sadly drops just wide of the post. United soon after register their first shot on target from a Kevin Thornton free kick that picks out Lewis Rankin. His tamely hit shot goes straight to the Lye keeper Tom Turner for an easy gather in the 30th minute.

The first booking of the game goes to Lye’s No11 Simon Williams in the 45th minute for a foul on United’s Kevin Thornton. Then just before the referee blew up for half time, United’s Robert Prinzel tried his luck from outside the area with a volley that angled high and wide of the target on 45+1 minutes.

Half Time


Second Half

The second half gets under way with neither side making any changes at the break. It’s not long though before United are forced into an early change when they have to take off Brad Jones for an injury and is replaced by Kyle Barnett in the 53rd minute. Then 6 minutes later in the 59th, they make another change when they take off the hard working Dominik Alleyne and send on Ryan Palmer. Lye Town follow suit in the 60th minute when they take off the No9 Ryan Rowe and send on the No14 Brandon Hague.

Lye manage to force a couple of corners in the 61st minute but fail to benefit from them as United clear the ball to safety.

United press forward with some good build up play that sees a Lewis Rankin shot fall nicely for the keeper Tom Turner for an easy save in the 65th minute.

The game has started to liven up a bit but only marginally and Lye counter attack well in the 69th minute when the No11 Simon Williams is put through. He races clear on goal but sees his shot go wide of the post and out to safety. More attacking play from Lye sees the No7 Lee Chilton head straight to the keeper Thomas Dyche from a Simon Williams cross in the 70th minute.

United are struggling to get into any rhythm and are looking out of sorts for large parts of this game so far. That said, they will feel unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty in the 76th minute when United’s Kevin Thornton looked to have been tripped inside the area but the referee just waved play on.

United decide to make their final change of the evening when they take off Lewis Rankin and send on Debutant Kyle Carey in the 77th minute.

The next minute sees the breakthrough and it falls to Lye Town in the 78th minute. A long punt by the Lye keeper catches out the United defence as they fail to clear and the No10 Jack Till latches onto the ball before coolly sliding the ball under the United keeper Thomas Dyche for the opening goal that will surely be enough to win this rather dull game of football.


Well you won’t score a more direct goal than that and United have only 12 minutes plus added time to get back into the game. One thing about United sides is they never give up.

The clock is running down and United’s Robert Prinzel is unlucky to get himself booked for a soft tackle in the 87th minute. United press looking for that equaliser and Ryan Palmer does well to skip past a couple of defenders before seeing his tamely hit shot easily gathered by the Lye keeper Tom Turner in the 89th minute.

We are now into added time and United are finally seeing plenty of the ball as Lye try and hold on for the win. A Robert Prinzel through ball finds Shaquille McDonald who turns neatly before sending his shot wide of the post in the 90+4th minute. United continue to press and good work by Chris Cox sees Shaquille McDonald receive the ball just inside the area and McDonald coolly slides the ball past the Lye keeper for the equaliser in the 90+5th minutes to send the red and Green army into raptures.


Well United do it again with yet another late strike to pull them back level. There surely can’t be much longer left to play now and Lye soon after break forward with pace and catch United out. The No14 Brandon Hague is clear through on goal and looks certain to score but somehow stumbles with his shot and it blazes over the bar in the 90+8th minute. What a chance that was!!!!

The game is still going and this time it’s United who are looking to steal the points with another foray forward. They break with pace on the right and Kyle Carey squares the ball into Shaquille McDonald in space inside the area. Shaquille stays calm and duly places the ball past the Lye keeper for his second goal of the game and surely the 3pts in the 90+9th minute.


The games resumes and soon after the final whistle is blown and United break the Lye Town hearts with a two goal added time smash and grab to claim the 3pts.

Full Time


In summing up this game I would have to say IF YOU CAN’T WIN PRETTY, WIN UGLY. This game was very poor for most parts and it didn’t come to life for United until added time. The first half saw both teams struggle to string passes together and clear cut chances were few and far between.

After the break it didn’t get much better and Lye Town finally broke the deadlock with a direct approach that caught out the United defence and looked to be heading for the win.

With the game into added time they upped their game with some concerted pressure as Lye tried to see the game out. Some good build up play saw United’s hit man Shaquille McDonald claim another double to snatch the points in dramatic fashion to mask a below par performance for the Red and Greens.

Players worthy of a mention would have to be the Lye Town No10 Jack Till. He never stopped running and chasing lost causes all night and was on hand to deservedly put his team in front.

For United they have to be given credit for not giving up and that perseverance paid off in the end. Dominik Alleyne had another good game and did plenty of running before being substituted. Kevin Thornton had yet another great game in my opinion and although his team were not playing well he was always trying to get his team to play football and his experience for me showed tonight and just misses out on the man of the match award to the magnificent Shaquille McDonald. This guy is the real deal and I’m sure that he will score a hatful of goals if we can feed him the right ball more often. He took his few chances well tonight and was unluckly with his attempted lob of the keeper earlier in the game. His quality is there for all to see and deserves his award so well played Shaquille Mcdonald.

Match stats               United            Lye

On target                      (5)                 (3)

Off target                     (4)                 (5)

Corners                        (3)                  (2)

Free kicks                    (10)                (10)

Yellow cards               (1)                  (1)

Red cards                    (0)                  (0)

Offside                         (0)                 (4)




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