A narrow defeat but plenty of positives for Coventry Sphinx against Worcester City

A perfect summers day brought us to Sphinx Drive today on what was expected to be Sphinx’s toughest pre-season test so far. Worcester City were today’s visitors, who play three divisions above their hosts. A warm and humid day was certainly going to test the players physically.
Sphinx started with a reasonably strong line up which appeared to be a 4-5-1 formation. Luke Williams led the line with last seasons top scorer Rickie Cutting deployed out wide on the right and Luke Downes wide on the left. They also started with a central midfield three of Kyle Baxter, Adam Bilic and Jackson Downie. Ash Wilks led the defence with first choice keeper Carl O’Neill behind him.
Sphinx were slow to get into their stride in the heat and Worcester were clearly going to be the sternest test they’ve faced so far. Sphinx were coping well with Worcester and were certainly looking a threat themselves. However, it was Worcester who took the lead midway through the first half. Worcester were awarded a free kick near the corner of the penalty box and a superb strike beat the Sphinx keeper to nestle in the back of the net. With goals like that you just have to hold your hands up and accept it was a great goal that was unstoppable. Sphinx 0 Worcester 1.
Sphinx were starting to get more into the game and were more than a match for the Worcester team but were unable to level the scores before half time. Sphinx were attempting to play football in the right way by keeping the ball on the deck whenever possible and could be relatively happy with their efforts. Half Time arrived with the score standing at Sphinx 0 Worcester 1 and I took the opportunity to have one of the superb hotdogs from the pitch-side cafe.
As expected, the second half was to be an opportunity for the young players to get their chance in the first team and I have to say that what I have seen of the youngsters so far has been impressive. Clearly a bright crop of players coming through at Coventry Sphinx. More experienced players such as Muldoon and Dainty also joined the action as full backs. With around an hour gone Sphinx got the equaliser they deserved with the always dangerous RICKIE CUTTING finding himself room in the penalty box to deliver a smart finish into the Worcester goal. No more than Sphinx deserved and the tight competitive match was anyone’s to win.
Both teams could have won it but it was Worcester who pinched the winner. A relatively soft goal to concede with a low cross from the left finding it’s way through the Sphinx defence to leave Worcester with a tap in. Final Score: Coventry Sphinx 1 Worcester City 2
Plenty of positives to take from the game despite the narrow defeat for Sphinx. The players are looking sharper with every game and the young players performances have been great to see. Next up for Coventry Sphinx at Sphinx Drive is a local derby against Rugby Town. Rugby make the short trip up the road on Tuesday July 15th for a 7.30pm kick off and is another fixture I eagerly await which again is against higher league opposition.


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