Lye Town (H) 18/19


Coventry United FC v Lye Town FC

Midland Football League Premeir Division


Date:                 Wednesday 12thDecember 2018

KO:                    7.45pm

Venue:              Butts Park Arena



Well hello one and all. After the abandonment of Saturdays game away at Loughborough Uni, United tonight welcome Lye Town to the Butts Park Arena for the first of two meetings with each other inside four days in the league.

Lye Town have had a similar start to their season as United and currently sit one place above United with only goal difference separating them, though Town having played two games more. Once again this will no doubt be another tough game for United as they look to start climbing up the league table.

United manager Terry Anderson will be looking to have a near full squad to pick from as he plots to carve out another victory on home soil.

The referee gets the game under way and the opening minutes sees both teams giving up possession too easily. It takes until the 8thminute for United to mount their first attack on the Town goal. It comes from some good United build up play that sees United’s Jake Holt do well to create some space before sending his 25yrd shot wide of the target. United again work the ball forward in the 9thminute with United’s Arum Soleman running into the area before he is bundled over by the Town No5 Leigh Pardoe and the referee points straight to the spot for a penalty. Arum Soleman dusts himself off before stepping up to take it and sending the keeper Ben Newey the wrong way for the opening goal of the game.


A welcome early lead for United but can they hold on to it. Well they do for the next 10 minutes before Lye break forward down the right with the impressive No7 Jack Till. He makes good progress before sending in a pinpoint cross that is met by the Lye No9 Josh McKenzie who connects and heads the ball into the back of the net from close range to level the scores in the 19thminute.


That was a sucker punch United could have done without. From a bright start and early lead, they now find themselves back on level terms. For the next 12 minutes or so, both teams seem to cancel each other out before United mount their next attack. United’s Joe Cairns does well wide on the right before sending in a deep cross that’s met by Ben Vallance who sees his fierce volley veer wide of the target in the 32ndminute.

Lye respond immediately and race up the other end and a No7 Jack Till shot skying high over the bar in the 33rdminute. The final chance of the first half fall to that man Jack Till again from a free kick in the 39thminute that’s sees Till’s header go just over the bar. 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. Lye win a free kick in a good position in the 50thminute that’s taken by the No8 Joe Lawley. His cross is met by the No4 Adam Meacham who is on hand to stab the ball in from close range to put Lye into the lead.


That’s not the start to the half United wanted and now have a tough job to try and get back into the game. The first booking of the game comes in the 54thminute and it goes to the Lye No4 Adam Meacham for hauling down United’s Gift Mussa.

United are finding it hard to break a solid Lye defence down at the moment although seeing plenty of the ball. United decide to make a change when they take off Curvin Ellis and send on Michael Wright in the 63rdminute.

It’s Lye though who carve out the next chance when they break quickly with the No9 Josh McKenzie. His cross is met by the No11 Lewis Worsey and his shot is well saved by the keeper Brendan Bunn in the 64thminute.

United are forced into another change when the injured Gift Mussa is replaced by Kevin Thornton in the 71stminute. Soon after United create their best chance of the game when they win the ball and power forward with Joe Cairns. Cairns races into the area before seeing his powerful low drive cleared off the line in the 74thminute.

Now with the game entering the last 10 minutes United decide to make their final change when they take off Shay Nicholson and send on Luke Jones in the 80thminute. United for all their effort fail to get back on level terms as Lye manage to hold off United to claim all 3pts. The final act of the game before the referee blew up for full time was to book United’s Jamal Clarke for felling the Lye No9 Josh McKenzie in the 90thminute. The whistle is soon after blown and United fall to another defeat.

Full Time


In summing up this game I would have to simply say FRUSTRATING. United started the game brightly enough and earned an early lead from a Soleman penalty but could only hold onto the lead for 10 minutes before they were back level. This game was not blessed with lots of clear cut chances and the scores remained level going into the break.

The second half saw Lye go into the lead in the 50thminute and although United saw plenty of the ball, they just could not breakthrough a stern lye defence that stood up well and coped comfortably with whatever United had to offer.

Players worthy of a mention would have to be the Lye No7 Jack Till. He is a good player and was always in the thick of things throughout this game. He puts himself about well and can hurt teams with his direct style of play.

For United they all worked hard and never gave up after going behind early in the second half. Joe Cairns saw plenty of the ball in the first half and was unlucky not to score in the second half. Jake Holt and Luke Downes worked hard in a congested midfield but for me tonight my man of the match goes to Kyle Barnett. Kyle along with Jamal Clarke stood up well to most of what Lye had to offer and Kyle as usual went about his job quietly but effectively so well played Kyle Barnett.

Match Stats            United      Lye

On target                    (2)           (3)

Off target                     (5)           (3)

Corners                        (3)           (3)

Free kicks                   (16)         (13)

Yellow cards               (1)           (1)

Red cards                   (0)           (0)