On Monday night I made my way down to Sphinx Drive expecting a tough game against a Boldmere St Michaels side sitting in forth place in the Midland Alliance. A tough game was exactly what I got but Sphinx also made it a tough game for Boldmere which resulted in a point for both sides which was probably a fair result in the end.
Sphinx started the match with just one change from the team that had beaten Rocester 3-0 at Sphinx Drive on Saturday with Anthony Griffiths replacing the unavailable striker Luke Williams. The match got underway under the floodlights and Sphinx couldn’t have wished for a better start with a goal in the second minute. Sphinx were awarded a free kick and it was delivered into the box by former Coventry City player Cain to be met by Fowler who helped the ball into the net. Sphinx 1-0 up after just two minutes was the perfect start. Boldmere came at Sphinx for the equaliser, who were giving as good as they got, in a highly competitive match. Boldmere were clearly one of the better teams to visit Sphinx Drive this season but Sphinx responded to this by stepping up their own game. Boldmere got the equaliser they had been searching for in the 28th minute when they headed in a corner from close range. Disappointing to concede but the match continued to entertain right up to half time. The teams went off for the half time break with the match locked at 1-1 and with the crowd anticipating a second half that was as entertaining and competitive as the first. A good game so far between two very good sides.
The second half started in the same way as the first with both teams determined to get the winner. The tackles were flying in and there was no shortage of skill either. The moment of the match for me was when Cain received the ball near the touchline. He had three defenders around him and the Boldmere keeper even shouted to them “he’s going nowhere”. Cain had other ideas and he went past them in a flash and headed for the by-line looking to deliver another one of his crosses. Boldmere were looking to double up on Cain but he seemed to thrive on it and put in an excellent performance on the wing. Time was running out for a Sphinx winner but with approximately ten minutes to go, Fowler got on the end of a cross to head the ball into the net and wheeled away in delight towards the home support. The referee unfortunately ruled out the goal for a reason that was not clear on the night and despite having a day to think about it, I still haven’t worked out why it was disallowed!
A very good game of football ended with the scores level at 1-1 and it was a tremendous advert for the Midland Alliance. The Sphinx players were applauded off the pitch and rightly so. Every single player worked their socks off for the team and proved they could compete with one of the best teams in the division. So many players had good games but my “Man of the Match” goes to Ricky Fletcher who marshalled the back four impressively from his position at centre back.
Coventry Sphinx have a team to be proud of. I know I’m proud to support a group of lads who work tirelessly for the team, display real ability and never know when they’re beaten. The crowds are up this season and they deserve to be watched by even more people so next time they play at home why not take a trip to Sphinx Drive to see them in action.
COVENTRY SPHINX TEAM: 1. O’NEILL 2. SULLIVAN 3. FOWLER 4. WILKS 5. FLETCHER 6. JACKSON 7. CAIN 8. CUTTING 9.GRIFFITHS 10. DOWNIE 11. DOWNES
SUBS: DAINTY (on for Griffiths), BAXTER (on for Downes) GALDINS, HILL, DYKE
Loughborough University Saturday 15th March 3.00pm Away
Quorn Tuesday 18th March 7.45pm Away
WESTFIELDS Thursday 20th March 7.45pm HOME
STOURPORT SWIFTS Saturday 22nd March 3.00pm HOME