A tough test for Coventry Sphinx ends in defeat to Rugby Town

Once again we find ourselves at Sphinx Drive to watch Coventry Sphinx play a friendly against higher ranked opposition. I suspected this could well be their toughest match to date and that’s exactly how it turned out. The match kicked off in the warm evening sunshine and in front of a fair few Rugby Town fans who had made the short trip to Coventry.
Sphinx didn’t have the strongest of teams out on the pitch with them fielding just a few of last seasons first team regulars. Rugby were fielding a strong looking side and so it proved in the opening period of the match. Rugby were knocking the ball around with style and pace and Sphinx were struggling to get any decent spells of possession. On their rare forays forward Sphinx were looking capable of testing the Rugby defence but Rugby were looking impressive and it was no surprise when they took the lead midway through the first half. It was Rugby Town’s all time top scorer Kolodynski who found the net and he doubled the lead before half time. Half Time: Coventry Sphinx 0 Rugby Town 2
I was hoping to see Sphinx improve on the first half and they did that by pressing the Rugby players quicker and disrupting their rhythm. Rugby were still looking a very good side but Sphinx were giving them much more of a game in this half. Just minutes into the second half, Ash Jackson cut in from the left hand side to unleash a powerful drive which the Rugby keeper did well to deal with. That was more like it from Sphinx but Rugby continued to create chances with their quick attractive football. In all honesty, Rugby Town are the best side I’ve seen at Sphinx Drive and they were a delight to watch. They are the standard that Sphinx should be looking to achieve and I believe that they are more than capable of doing so. As well as Rugby played going forward, they were just as good defensively showing a terrific hunger for regaining possession. That for me was the key. The work-rate on and off the ball was equally as good from Rugby but credit to Sphinx though because their young side showed an excellent attitude and never let their heads drop. I’m sure the Sphinx learned a lot from playing a very good team like Rugby and it will certainly have done them more good than a straightforward win against a weaker team. I have every confidence that the Sphinx will be challenging at the right end of the table this season and playing in games like this will only help them to improve.


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