Lye Town (A) 18/19


Lye Town FC v Coventry United FC

Midland Football League Premier Division


Date:                   Saturday 15th December 2018

KO:                     3.00pm

Venue:               Sports Ground



Well hello one and all. After the disappointing midweek 2-1 defeat to Lye Town, United today have the chance to rectify that with the return fixture away at Lye Town.

If the last meeting is anything to go by then this is sure to be another battle of attrition that will no doubt prove to be a little harder as United’s manager Terry Anderson plots to overcome a stern Lye team with a few key personnel missing for today’s game.

The referee gets the game under way and United win an early free kick in the 1st minute that’s taken by Jake Holt. His cross picks out Luke Jones but his shot is pulled well wide of the target. United are showing some good early signs as they press forward again with Kevin Thornton doing well before spreading the ball out wide to Joe Cairns who in turn sends in a great cross that Curvin Ellis just fails to connect with in the 6th minute.

The game becomes a little scrappy as both teams fail to keep hold of the ball for any length of time in the horrendous conditions. It takes until the 19th minute for Lye to muster up their first meaningful attempt on goal. It comes from a free kick on the edge of the area by the No7 Lewis Worsey and his effort is well saved by the United keeper Brendan Bunn. They press forward again in the 26th minute with a run and a long range shot by the No3 Lewis Probert that thankfully goes wide of the target.

Both teams continue to cancel each other out in the midfield battle and it takes until the 35th minute for United to create their next decent opportunity. A long punted free kick by United’s keeper Brendan Bunn picks out Jake Holt but his powerful drive goes just wide of the target.

Lye soon after win a corner that’s taken by the No8 Jason Wood and his cross picks out the No9 Josh McKenzie who put his header straight into the hands of Brendan Bunn for an easy gather in the 37th minute.

United break with purpose in the 41st minute when the ball is sprayed out to Shay Nicholson. Nicholson sends in a great low cross that Joe Cairns connects with before slotting the ball home for the opening goal of the game as united take the lead.


That was a well worked break for United there to give them the lead just before half time. The final act of the half though falls in the 45+1 minute when the Lye No10 Liam Hughes is booked for a foul on United’s Arum Soleman. Soon after the referee blows up for half time.

Half Time


Second Half

The second half gets under way with neither side making any changes during the break. United start positively again and soon create their next chance when another Shay Nicholson cross picks out Curvin Ellis but sadly his stab towards goal is saved by the Lye keeper Ben Newey in the 48th minute.

Lye’s No6 Luke Carter is booked for a foul on Curvin Ellis in the 59th minute then soon after Lye make a change when they take off the No8 Jason Wood and send on the No15 Colin Smith in the 62nd minute. Then another booking follows in the 64th minute when the Lye No3 Lewis Probert is showed a yellow card for kicking the ball away.

Lye assert a bit of pressure on the United defence and carve out a couple of chances that are easily dealt with in the 68th & 72nd minutes that’s sandwiched between another Lye change in the 69th minute when they take off the No2 Joe Colley and send on the No14 Arron Bishop.

Another free kick for Lye by the No3 Lewis Probert sees United’s Jake Holt clear off the line to keep his team in the lead in the 73rd minute. United soon after make a change of their own when they take off Luke Jones and send on Michael Wright in the 74th minute.

Lye suffers a severe blow in the 75th minute when their No10 Liam Hughes picks up a second yellow for dissent and is subsequently sent off. Then minutes later United’s Shay Nicholson goes into the book for a challenge in the 79th minute. The terrible conditions are definitely attributing to the card count as both teams are playing fairly with no malicious tackles flying in.

 With the game now into the last 10 minutes, United decide to make another change when they take off the hard working Curvin Ellis and send on Warren Dakouri in the 85th minute. The next minute sees disaster strike for Lye when their No6 Luke Carter is booked for the second time for a tackle on Kevin Thornton that results in a red card for Carter reducing Lye down to nine men for the remainder of the game.

With the clock running down and into added time, the last incident of the game comes in the 90+2nd minute when United’s Jake Holt is booked for a push and soon after the referee blows up for full time and United claim a much welcomed 3pts.

Full Time


In summing up this game I would have to say that SOLIDARITY PAID OFF. The team of late has had a bit of a knocking with one thing and another and with a few extra players missing today were up against it on paper. United though as a team pulled together and worked their socks off for each other in terrible conditions and a sticky pitch. They remained patient as a midfield battle ensued and both cancelled each other out for long periods. United crafted a neat goal to open the scoring that was to be fair deserved in my opinion just before the break.

The second half saw United continue to see more of the ball and were able to deal with whatever Lye had to offer. Things got a little easier when Lye had a couple of players sent off and United were able to hold off a resilient Lye Unit that never gave up till the final whistle despite their numerical disadvantage.

Players worthy of a mention would have to be the Lye No3 Lewis Probert. He had a great game and defended well when required and also was not afraid to venture forward when given the chance.

For United this was a good dogged team performance that required plenty of patience by all. Jake holt looked strong in a competitive midfield and the returning Kevin Thornton got in a very useful 90 minutes under his belt. Shay Nicholson got forward a few times today also and supplied a few telling crosses that one of them yielded an assist. Curvin Ellis also worked his socks off with some great hold up play and Ben Vallance showed his class with yet another top class performance that just fractionally misses out on the man of the match award that today goes to Joe cairns. Joe today started the game from the off and looked lively throughout. He chased down lost causes and looked to make some good runs as he tried to spring the Lye defence on many occasions. One of those runs presented him with the chance to score the only goal of the game that he calmly took so well played Joe cairns.

Match Stats             United      Lye

On target                     (4)          (5)

Off target                     (4)          (2)

Corners                         (1)           (6)

Free kicks                     (19)         (18)

Yellow cards               (2)           (5)

Red cards                     (0)           (2)

Offside                         (3)           (3)