Quorn (H) 18/19
Coventry United FC v Quorn FC
Midland Football League Premier Division
Date: Saturday 6thOctober 2018
Venue: Butts Park Arena
Well hello one and all. After the valiant and entertaining encounter with high flying Solihull Moors in the BSC 1stround that resulted in United going down 6-3, we today return to league action as we welcome Quorn FC to the Butts Park Arena.
This should be an interesting encounter with both teams with similar starts to the campaign and United currently sitting with two extra points.
United manager Terry Anderson will be buoyed by his team’s performance in midweek and would hope that they can carry that effort and commitment into this game as it’s sure to be yet another tough game.
The referee gets the game under way and United start the game brightly winning an early corner that comes to nothing and United’s Luke Downes pounced on a loose ball before sending his shot high over the bar in the 3rdminute.
Quorn respond well with a quick break of their own that sees the No9 Sean Williams make some space before seeing his shot go straight to the United keeper Bradley Caswell for an easy gather in the 5thminute. Quorn continue to press and disaster strikes for United in the 9thminute when from a long throw in United fail to clear the ball and it makes its way to the No10 Stephen Hart who makes no mistake smashing the ball into the back of the net from close range for the opening goal.
UNITED 0 QUORN 1
Sloppy defending was the architect of conceding that goal and United will have to tighten up if they are not to concede again. This game is very intriguing with both teams looking to break forward at every opportunity resulting in both teams cancelling each other out so far.
United though work the ball forward well when Luke Downes played a telling ball through for Curvin Ellis. Ellis then turns his marker brilliantly before racing into the area and steering his low drive past the Quorn keeper Haydn Whitcombe for a well taken and deserved equaliser in the 18thminute.
UNITED 1 QUORN 1
That was a great passage of play by United for that goal. United are now back on level terms and deservedly so. United’s tails are now up and go looking for another. They break forward again in the 23rdminute with Shaquille McDonald. McDonald sends a great deep cross that finds Kyle Barnett at the far post and his goal bound shot is superbly saved by the Quorn keeper Haydn Whitcombe.
In typical fashion of how this game is being played out, Quorn nearly sneak in front when the No10 Stephen Hart sees United’s keeper Bradley Caswell off his line and tries a cheeky 35yrd lob that leaves Caswell scrambling back to his goal as the effort drops just over the bar in the 28thminute.
Now that looked like it was going in at one point but gladly it didn’t. With the first half drawing to a close, United’s Jamal Clarke heads just wide of the target from a Luke Downes free kick in the 32ndminute. As the clock ran down, soon after the referee blew up for half time.
UNITED 1 QUORN 1
The second half gets under way with neither side making any changes during the break. Quorn create the first chance of the half when they break forward in the 52ndminute. The No7 Bobby Moseley does well before seeing his shot really well saved by the keeper Bradley Caswell to keep the scores level. The first booking of the game comes in the 57thminute and it goes to United’s Gift Mussa for a very weak challenge in my opinion and the resulting free kick being easily cleared up by the keeper Bradley Caswell. United then proceed to race straight up the other end with a quick break that sees Jake Holt’s powerful drive well saved by the Quorn keeper Haydn Whitcombe.
Another booking is not far in coming when the No9 Sean Williams is booked for felling Gift Mussa in the 63rdminute. The resulting free kick by Jake Holt sees the keeper Haydn Whitcombe make another good save to deny Holt and then Shaquille McDonald heads the loose ball onto the post.
Quorn decide to make a change in the 70thminute when they take off the No7 Bobby Moseley and send on the No17 Ryan Seal. In the very next minute from a long throw in, the No5 Henry Eze tries an audacious overhead kick that gladly goes over the bar in the 71stminute.
Soon after United make another change when they take off Kyle Carey and send on Scott Hammond in the 75thminute. Quorn follow suit in the 79thminute when they take off the No8 Sean Geddes and send on the No15 Darious Darkin. The game has stuttered a bit now with all the changes and another change in the 87thminute by United sees the injured Jake Holt replaced by Kevin Thornton.
The game is now into added time and Kevin Thornton has made a busy introduction into the game in the short space of time that he’s been on the pitch. United win a free kick in a dangerous position just outside the area with the Quorn No4 Nathan Dale getting a yellow card for his tackle on Kevin Thornton. Kevin Thornton steps up to take it and lets fly with a cracking shot that brings out a fantastic save from the keeper Haydn Whitcombe in the 90+3 minutes and the loose ball see’s Shaquille McDonald bring out another good save from the keeper Whitcombe to secure his team a point. Shortly afterwards the referee blows up for full time and the points are shared.
UNITED 1 QUORN 1
In summing up this game I would have to say that ENDEAVOUR WILL PREVAIL IN THE END. I knew this game was going to be a tough one and that’s how it panned out. Quorn are a good well organised team that like to play good football if allowed. They are a big strong unit with plenty of pace and fire power up front with their super striker Stephen Hart. They will surely cause plenty of team’s problems this season.
United though played their part in the game too and after a bright start to the game they found themselves a goal down early in the game and wasted no time in getting at Quorn to try and get back in the game. They harried and closed down Quorn with dogged determination that led to the equalising goal. The character in this side is really starting to shine and they are showing a steely back bone right throughout the team. The only thing missing in my opinion is a convincing win that I’m sure will not be long in coming in the not too distant future. Until writing this report and going through my notes, I was of the opinion that a draw was probably a fair result. Now I’m not so sure and think that if it was not for the Quorn keeper we would have definitely pinched the points.
Players worthy of a mention would have to be the Quorn keeper Haydn Whitcombe. He made a number of great saves to give his team a share of the points.
For United this was another really good team performance that showed the togetherness and character of the team. Both Jamal Clarke and Kyle Barnett had great games alongside each other in the centre of the defence. Jake Holt saw a lot more of the ball in the second half and would have had two goals on another day if it was not for the opposing keeper. Shaquille McDonald worked hard and did plenty of tracing back when his team did not have the ball, but for me today my man of the match goes again to Luke Downes. Luke is really starting to shine in the team now and quietly goes about his game with great vigour. Luke is showing just how much of an intelligent player he his and he has an eye for a good defence splitting pass to complement his battling qualities so well played Luke Downes.
Match stats United Quorn
On target (8) (5)
Off target (3) (4)
Corners (3) (2)
Free kicks (13) (5)
Yellow cards (1) (2)
Red cards (0) (0)
Offside (0) (3)