Coventry United FC v Hinckley AFC

FA Vase Cup 3rdRound


Date:               Saturday 1stDecember 2018

KO:                  3.00pm

Venue:            Butts Park Arena

Attendance:    145


Well hello one and all. After the great 3-0 midweek win away at Highgate United, United today turn their attentions to the FA Vase Cup 3rdround as they welcome Hinckley AFC to the Butts Park Arena. This is sure to be a great game of cup football as both teams look to progress into the 4thround.

Hinckley have had some great success in this competition in recent years and will no doubt be eager to carry that on today and with them having a few Ex United players in their ranks, that should prove an added bonus in their motivation.

United though on the other hand will be looking to get into the 4thRound for the first time in their short history and the manager Terry Anderson will have to make sure his team are both physically and mentally ready for what is definitely the most important game of the season so far.

United should be buoyed by their good midweek performance and with an expected larger than normal crowd coming to watch, the atmosphere should be very good with the visitors likely to bring a large following too.

The referee gets the game under way and the game starts rather scrappy as both teams struggle to keep hold of the ball for any length of time. It takes until the 13thminute for the first clear cut chance to develop. United press with purpose with Kyle Carey doing well before sending Curvin Ellis through on goal but Ellis’s shot is well saved by the Hinckley keeper George Warren. United then win the ball straight back in the same minute and break forward with Kyle Carey and his shot is charged down by the keeper George Warren.

United seem to have settled down a bit now and are starting to get a grip on the game with some good possession. It’s not long for the breakthrough to come when United win a free kick in a good position that’s taken by Luke Downes. Downes picks out Jamal Clarke who finds an opening and expertly steers the ball into the back of the net for the opening goal of the game in the 15thminute.


I’d say United deserve that early lead and need to be aware that they stay focussed at all times. They do just that and soon after they win a corner that’s taken by Arum Soleman in the 17thminute. The cross falls out wide to Kyle Carey who in turn feeds the ball back into the area where Arum Soleman has rose high in the air to send a high looping header over the keeper and into the back of the net to double their lead.


That’s a fantastic start for United and the red and green army are all excited at the current score line. That was a really well taken goal by Arum Soleman and United are looking sharp going forward today.

It takes until the 27thminute for Hinckley to create their first attempt on goal when the No11 Chad Timson sent his shot tamely wide of the target. That bit of Hinckley pressure turned out to be short lived as United were soon back on the ball and looking for more goals. They win a free kick in a great position that’s taken by Jake Holt. His cross is knocked straight back to him and he first rounds a defender before steering the ball into the back of the net with a low powerful drive in the 31stminute.


Well I don’t think anybody would have predicted a start like this but we will take it that’s for sure. Hinckley win a rare free kick in a good position that’s taken by the No8 Sam Belcher in the 37thminute. His cross is cleared out and Sam Belcher pounces on the loose ball before drilling it thankfully wide of the target. They create another better chance in the 41stminute when they push forward with No9 Jordan Wilson doing well before shooting and bringing out a good save by the United keeper Brendan Bunn.

United then waste no time in turning defence into attack when they break with the impressive Kyle Carey who races clear in the 42ndminute. He then rounds the Hinckley keeper George Warren before steering the ball into the empty net for a well taken goal.


Well what a first half this has been for United. Surely now that should see them through to the next round but we know that you have to still defend their lead for another half yet.

United are now rampant and creating chances at will. They power forward again in the 43rdminute when Arum Soleman run through on goal but his shot is well saved by the keeper George Warren. Soon after in the same minute the first booking comes when the Hinckley No10 is booked for a foul on Jake holt. That was the last of the first half action as the referee blows up for half time.

Half Time


Second Half

The second half gets under way with neither team making any changes during the break. Hinckley come out with a little more purpose and start to create a few chances of their own. They break forward in the 51stminute with the No7 louis Hamilton who sends his shot just wide of the target. Then in the 52ndminute they make a change when they take off the No10 Anton Daniels and send on the No17 Keenan Palmer. Another change comes in the 60thminute when United take off Curvin Ellis and send on Shaquille McDonald.

The game resumes and the Hinckley No3 Chris Hollist gets himself a yellow card for a foul on Arum Soleman in the 65thminute. United have definitely taken the foot off the gas as they seem happy to sit on their healthy lead and soak up all Hinckley have to offer.

The 69thminute sees United make another change when they take off Arum Soleman and send on Joe Cairns. Hinckley follow suit in the 72ndminute when they take off the No4 Jean Dakouri and send on the No12 Nkosi Mzungwana before United make another change in the 74thminute when they take off the ard working Jake Holt and send on Michael Wright.

As we approach the final 10 minutes United power forward in the 79thminute when some good build up play sets up Shaquille McDonald send his shot straight to the keeper George Warren. McDonald has another chance in the 80thminutes when he races clear on goal but his shot again goes straight to the keeper George Warren for an easy gather. The final incident of the game comes in the 82ndminute when Ben Vallance gets himself booked for pulling back an opponent.

United see the rest of the game out without any incident as the referee blows up for full time and United have made history as they progress into the 4thround for the first time.

Full Time


In summing up this game I would have to say THAT’S WHAT WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR. United today played the near perfect game. They took control of the game early on and raced into an early two goal lead with some good finishing. They continued to dominate the game and created plenty of good chances and killed the game off by half time after scoring another two goals for a commanding lead going into the break.

The second half saw Hinckley show some early promise but that soon fizzled out as United were able to withstand any threat that came their way and were happy to just sit and hold onto their four goal lead until the final whistle that confirmed their passage into the draw for the 4thround on Monday afternoon.

Players worthy of a mention would have to be the Hinckley No4 Jean Dakouri. The United old boy we all know so well was always on hand to make things difficult for United when allowed.

For United this was a great team performance that saw a devastating first half demolition of Hinckley amass four great goals to give them a great cushion. Jamal Clarke and Kyle Barnett once again stood up strong in the centre of the defence to thwart whatever Hinckley has to offer. Arum Soleman had a great first half and looked really sharp before scoring a great header for his goal. Kyle Carey also once again showed some good skills and powerful running before also getting on the scoresheet again and Luke Downes also looked solid in a hotbed of a midfield but for me today, my man of the match goes to Jake Holt. Jake today definitely put in a grafting shift as he competed well against a very tough opponent in Jean Dakouri. Jake was never over awed during this game and put himself about really well and also showed he can score goals too so well played Jake Holt.

So the dream goes on and we all now wait for the draw on Monday afternoon.

Match stats             United       Hinckley

On target                      (12)             (2)

Off target                      (0)               (3)

Corners                          (4)              (3)

Free kicks                      (16)            (17)

Yellow cards                (1)               (2)

Red cards                      (0)               (0)

Offside                           (1)               (4)