Boldmere (H) 18/19
Coventry United FC v Boldmere St Michael FC
Midland Football League Premier Division
Date: Saturday 20thOctober 2018
Venue: Butts Park Arena
Well hello one and all. After that great 5-0 win last week against Wednesfield in the FA Vase 1stround proper, today United return to league action with a home fixture against United’s next opponents in the FA Vase in Boldmere St Michael FC.
The Mikes have had a reasonable start to their campaign so far and are currently sitting in 13thplace just 3pts behind United. This is sure to be another good test for United and they will have to continue in their current good vein of form to get anything from this game.
The referee gets the game under way and United started brightly when they win an early corner in the 4thminute that’s taken by Kevin Thornton. His cross finds Jake Holt but his shot is deflected out for another corner that comes to nothing. United continue to make all the early running and work the ball forward well with Kevin Thornton and Arum Soleman. The ball is then played into Jake Holt and he sends shot straight at the Mikes keeper Lewis Fenney for an easy gather in the 7thminute.
The Mikes break forward for the first time so far in the 13thminute with a long punt up field that seems to catch the United defence out. The Mikes No10 Jack Skinner races into the area with only the keeper Bradley Caswell to beat and he coolly slides the ball past him for the opening goal of the game against the early run of play.
UNITED 0 MIKES 1
That was the Mikes first foray forward and they definitely made it pay. United find themselves a goal down after starting the game well. The Mikes press forward again in the 15thminute when the No10 Jack Skinner finds himself in space before he sends his shot straight at the United keeper Bradley Caswell for an easy save.
United are working hard at trying to get back into the game and win a corner in the 17thminute that’s taken by Ronee Hendricks. His cross picks out Jamal Clarke but his header goes high and wide of the target.
On the Mikes second attack of the game, disaster strikes when the No11 Luke Shearer races into the area with United’s Jamal Clarke in close pursuit. Jamal Clarke then proceeds to bring him down and the referee points straight to the spot for a penalty. The No9 Rikard Reid steps up to take it and his low drive is superbly saved by the keeper Bradley Caswell and out for a corner that’s easily dealt with in the 19thminute.
United respond with an attack of their own that sees a Curvin Ellis shot fall tamely for the Mikes keeper Lewis Fenney in the 25thminute. United are having the lion’s share of possession so far but are struggling to break down a resolute Mikes defence.
United soon after are forced into an early change when the injured Jake Holt is replaced with Daniel O’Sullivan in the 29thminute.
With both teams seemingly cancelling each other out as the half progresses, United conjure up their next chance in the game with some great one touch passing that cuts through the Mikes defence as Curvin Ellis shoots with a powerful drive and brings out a great save from the Mikes keeper Lewis Fenney in the 43rdminute to preserve his teams slender lead.
Soon after the referee blows up for half time.
UNITED 0 MIKES 1
The second half gets under way with neither side making any changes during the break. It’s the Mikes who create the first effort of the half when they press down the left with the No11 Luke Shearer. He finds himself some space before seeing his low drive well saved by the United keeper Bradley Caswell in the 47thminute.
United respond well and more good quick passing puts Kevin Thornton in a position to shoot but unfortunately his shot goes straight to the keeper Fenney for an easy gather in the 50thminute.
More good passing from United sees Daniel O’Sullivan cut inside before seeing his curling shot rise just over the cross bar in the 56thminute.
Both teams decide to make changes with the Mikes taking off the No9 Rikard Reid and sending on the No17 Ryan Brooks in the 66thminute and United taking off Daniel O’Sullivan and sending on Benjamin Brako-Hiapam in the 69thminute.
The game resumes and chances are proving even harder to find than in the first half from both teams. The Mikes are soaking up the United pressure quite comfortably and seem happy to sit back and defend their slender lead.
With the game now in the 76thminute, United decide to make their final change when they take off the hard working Kevin Thornton and send on Shaquille McDonald. The Mikes do the same in the 85thminute when they take off the No11 Luke Shearer and send on the No14 Joe Lyng.
The game is now into added time and United force one more chance in the90+1 minute when a United long ball up field finds Curvin Ellis but his shot goes high over the bar and soon after the referee blows up for full time and the Mikes take the points.
UNITED 0 MIKES 1
In summing up this game I would have to say that this was a tough hard fought game like I thought it would be and both teams stood up strong to each other during this encounter. United started brightly creating a few early chances but were undone by a sucker punch of a break to concede on the mikes first foray forward.
United picked themselves up and continued to try and get themselves back in the game. That turned out to be a tough ask as the Mikes were more than capable of thwarting whatever United had to offer today and in the end United ran out of ideas as the clock ran down and the Mikes held on to claim all 3pts.
Players worthy of a mention would have to be the No11 Luke Shearer for the Mikes. He looked dangerous every time he got the ball and looked to get into the danger areas with some good direct running.
For United , they all worked hard and tried in vain to try an break down the stubborn Mikes defensive wall. Bradley Caswell made a great penalty save to keep his team in the hunt. Ben Vallance looked to get forward when allowed with some great wide support play and defended well too as he normally does. Gift Mussa also worked hard in a competitive mifield but for me today my man of the match must go to Kevin Thornton. Right from the kick off he was demanding the ball and was popping up all over the pitch trying to help out his team mates or springing off United attacks so very well played Kevin Thornton.
Match Stats United Mikes
On target (4) (5)
Off target (8) (1)
Corners (7) (2)
Free kicks (15) (12)
Yellow cards (0) (0)
Red cards (0) (0)
Offside (4) (6)