Wolverhampton Sporting (A) 18/19
Wolverhampton Sporting Community FC v Coventry United FC
Midland Football League Premier Division
Date: Saturday 16th February 2019
Venue: Pride Park
Well hello one and all. After last week's 1-1 draw away to Long Eaton United, The Red and Greens are back on the road with another away trip to take on Wolverhampton Sporting Community in a MFLP fixture.
Having gained promotion last season they have to be fair found it a little difficult so far and are currently sitting at the bottom of the league. That though does not for one minute suggest that this will be a forgone conclusion as United know that in this league on their day anyone can beat anyone on their day so United will have to be at their best to claim anything from this game.
United manager Terry Anderson will have to juggle his pack today after the departure of Kai Williams and the arrival of Sam Belcher.
The referee gets the game under way and the early stages, sees both teams sussing each other out. Both teams win early corners that come to nothing and it takes until the 17th minute for the first attempt on goal when a 30yrd effort from United's Harrison Sawyer blazes high and wide of the target.
Sporting's first attempt on goal come from a free kick in the 29th minute that sees a Sutyan Zia's shot easily gathered by the United keeper Brendan Bunn.
United respond soon after when they break down the right with Sam Lockley in the 31st minute. His teasing cross picks out debutant Sam Belcher who connected with the ball well to head in his and his team's first goal of the game.
SPORTING 0 UNITED 1
Now that was a well worked opening goal that United fully deserved for their early pressure. United waste no time in going forward again when the press down the left with Kai Williams in the 34th minute. Williams cuts inside before surging into the area and seeing his powerful angled drive well saved by the Sporting keeper Stuart Jones.
United have taken a hold of this game now but Sporting remind United they are still up for the fight when they create a good chance in the 41st minute with the No10 Kieron Clarke breaking free but sending his curling shot wide of the target.
United though are soon back on the offensive when they break forward again in the 44th minute when Sam Belcher sends in a great cross for Sam Lockley to coolly head in to put United 2-0 up on the stroke of half time.
SPORTING 0 UNITED 2
What a great time to score and put United into a healthy lead. The game resumes and United look hungry today as they look to press again straight away. Kai Williams works his way into the area before being brought down and the referee points straight to the spot in the 45th minute. Kyle Barnett steps up to take it and the Sporting keeper Stuart Jones guesses right and makes a great save to deny Barnett. Soon after the referee blows up for half time.
SPORTING 0 UNITED 2
The second half gets under way and Sporting have made a couple of changes by taking off the No8 Bradley Lawley and the No10 Kieron Clarke and send on the No14 Omar Haughton and the No16 Umar Zaman.
Sporting's half time team talk seems to have done the trick as they have come out showing plenty of intent in the early second half stages. They force a corner in the 51st minute that's taken by the No16 Umar Zaman. His fizzing cross picks out the No11 Dom Dell who sends a precise powerful glancing header into the net for a great goal to put Sporting back into the game.
SPORTING 1 UNITED 2
That was a well taken goal by Dell and now puts some pressure on United to not let their lead slip away. They certainly have their tails up as they break forward again in the 53rd minute when the No11 Dom Dell is put through on goal but this time he sends his shot wide of the target.
With Sporting on the up disaster strikes when the keeper Stuart Jones's poor kick out is pounced upon by Sam Lockley and he then puts in a great cross into the path of Kai Williams who duly stabs the ball home to restore United's two goal lead in the 57th minute.
SPORTING 1 UNITED 3
United hit back with some good chasing down there and are showing some good high tempo play today. United soon quash Sportin's early hopes of a revival when they break forward again in the 59th minute with Kai Williams running down the left and then cutting into the area before sliding in a slick pass to give Sam Lockley the simplest of tap in's for his second and United's fourth goal.
SPORTING 1 UNITED 4
United are now rampant and with the points surely sealed now are not sitting back on their lead. In fact it's quite the opposite as they go searching for another goal. United though soon after decide to make a couple of changes when they take off Eli Bako and send on Kevin Thornton in the 62nd minute and take off the impressive Sam Lockley and send on Dominik Alleyne in the 68th minute.
Sporting make another change in the 71st minute when they take off the No6 Sutyan Zia and send on the No15 Keenan Palmer.
United are soon back on the hunt for more goals and Dominik Alleyne is making a great impression since coming on. Alleyne does really well in the 73rd minute before sliding a great pass to put Kai Williams through on goal but his low drive is really well saved by the keeper Stuart Jones. Then in the next minute Dominik Alleyne does his magic again when after more good work he puts Kai Williams through once more and his shot this time hits the post in the 74th minute.
United are finishing this game very strongly though Sporting are not giving up and is a credit to them. It's just that United today are awesome and not giving their opponents any time with or on the ball. United complete their changes in the 76th minute when they take off the impressive debutant Sam Belcher and send on Luke Jones. The 79th minute of the game sees the first booking of the game when the Sporting No5 Matthew Vaughan is shown a yellow card for his tackle on Kai Williams.
The game is now into the last 10 minutes and United are not letting up. They press again with the pocket rocket Dominik Alleyne who is showing some great pace and skill to jink past his markers before sliding another great through ball for Kai Williams to run onto. This time Williams makes no mistake when his low angled drive nestles into the back of the net for a neat finish in the 81st minute.
SPORTING 1 UNITED 5
That should definitely seal the points for United now. The game resumes and United continue to press sporting hard. Then soon after in the 83rd minute United's Joe Cairns is shown a straight red card for dissent and United are now down to 10 men for the remainder of the game.
United press on regardless in the 85th minute as the impressive Dominik Alleyne lays another great pass for Kai Williams to run onto but his shot is saved by the keeper Stuart Jones and out for a corner. The resulting corner is taken by Kevin Thornton and when the ball is knocked back out to him he instinctively side foots the ball looping over the keeper and into the net for an absolute cracking goal in the 86th minute.
SPORTING 1 UNITED 6
Now that was some finish by Kevin Thornton and 'im looking forward to seeing that on Liam Cook's highlights tomorrow.
With only a few minutes remaining the Sporting No16 Umar Zaman is shown a yellow card for his challenge on Kevin Thornton in the 87th minute.
Then in the 89th minute United press again when Kai Williams is put through and his shot hits the post but Williams follows in and duly heads the rebound into the back of the net to claim himself a hatrick to round off a great performance.
SPORTING 1 UNITED 7
The game resumes and shortly after the referee blows up for full time and United claim the points in fine style.
SPORTING 1 UNITED 7
In summing up this game I would have to say that THIS IS WHAT UNITED HAVE BEEN THREATENING TO DO FOR A WHILE NOW. Today United were absolutely awesome and created a bag full of good chances and on reflection (and I'm not being greedy) could and probably should have had at least 10 goals today. They took the game to Sporting pretty much from the start and went into the break with a healthy 2-0 lead.
The second half saw Sporting come out fighting in the early stages and managed to claw a well worked goal back but that hope was to be short lived. Soon after United upped their game and started to create good chances at will and the goal tally increased at a frightening rate and was only stemmed by the heroics of the Sporting keeper Stuart Jones who made a string of great saves to keep the score down. This was a fantastic all round team performance by United and was probably their best performance of the season so far.
Players worthy of a mention would have to be the sporting keeper Stuart Jones who as I've already said made a string of great saves to keep the score down.
For United there were many great performances today. As per Usual the defensive partnership of Jamal Clarke and Kyle Barnett stood up strong to what Sporting had to offer. Sam Belcher making his debut looked great and slotted into the midfield with ease and managed a goal and an assist, Dominik Alleyne made a very impressive cameo appearance that saw him set up Kai Williams at least four times with some great telling passes. Sam Lockley had by far his best game so far in a United shirt scoring two goals and assisting another two and just misses out on my man of the match award that goes to Kai Williams. Kai today was awesome and especially so in the second half. His pace terrorised the Sporting defence and they just could not cope with him all day. On another day Kai could have accrued at least six goals so very well played Kai Williams.
Match Stats United Sporting
On target (11) (3)
Off target (6) (3)
Corners (1) (6)
Free kicks (16) (13)
Yellow cards (0) (2)
Red cards (1) (0)
Offside (3) (3)