Coventry Sphinx were back at home just two days after their disappointing away defeat at Lye Town on Saturday and they were looking to extend their unbeaten home record this season. Tipton Town arrived at Sphinx Drive after the sudden departure of their manager and the majority of the senior players. As a result of this tonight’s team had a very youthful look to it and their preparations were hit by the closure of the M6 resulting in the late arrival of most of their players. Sphinx themselves made three changes from the previous match. Galdins came in for a rare start, Rooney returned to the side at centre back and the big surprise was the presence of Rickie Fletcher at centre back. Fletcher had a superb season for Coventry Sphinx last season and moved on to higher ranked Bedworth Utd so it was a great sight to see him at the heart of the Sphinx defence again.
Sphinx started the game on the front foot in an attempt to get an early breakthrough. After 3 minutes Jackson found space at a corner but shot over the bar. Tipton were struggling to contain the Sphinx and just 5 minutes into the match the opening goal came. Some lovely football resulted in Gumery putting the ball away to give Sphinx an early 1-0 lead. I already had the feeling this could be a long night for Tipton and from the kick off Sphinx were charging at the Tipton goal again. Gumery and Cutting combined superbly but Gumery could only shoot over. Almost immediately Sphinx won a corner and Jackson smashed in the loose ball to make it 2-0 after just 7 minutes. Captain Ash Jackson is on a hot run of goal scoring and that was the 4th consecutive game he has got on the score sheet. Sphinx could smell blood and it was pretty much one way traffic now with Tipton doing well just to get out of their own half. Ash Jackson sent in a ferocious drive that was just tipped round the post and a minute later Cutting showed his pace, rounded the keeper and finished well to make it 3-0 with 16 minutes on the clock. Two minutes later it was 4-0 after a delightful lob from Luke Downes gave the keeper no chance. This was turning into a rout and we had only played 18 minutes. It was men against boys out there but Sphinx showed no mercy and kept piling forward at the Tipton goal. Gumery struck with a looping header to make it 5-0 in the 29th minute. A few minutes later the Tipton keeper was substituted due to illness and I’m sure he was a little relieved to be out of the firing line. Some stoppages broke up the rhythm of Sphinx’s attacking play and Tipton Town managed to reach half time without conceding further goals. it could easily have been more and 5-0 was a fair reflection of the game.
HALF TIME: COVENTRY SPHINX 5 TIPTON TOWN 0
The second half continued to be all out attack on the visitors goal and it took just 3 minutes for Rickie Cutting to add his second of the night as he slammed in the 6th goal of the night. Sphinx were showing no signs of easing off and Tipton were clearly in serious trouble. Just before the hour mark Cutting claimed his hat-trick after once again outpacing the Tipton defence to round the keeper and finish from a tight angle. 7-0 with less than an hour played. Cutting was substituted in the 66th minute to generous applause from the crowd as his nights work was now done. On 69 minutes Kiam Galdins got in on the act and thumped in a drive to make it 8-0 after a great pass picked him out. A couple of substitutions followed and just as we thought Sphinx were settling for eight up popped Chris Gumery with a quick fire double to send the score into double figures. The first was an 87th minute free kick from the edge of the box that gave the keeper no chance. That effort completed his hat-trick and just 30 seconds later Gumery slipped another one in for his forth. That was the end of the scoring and thankfully for Tipton, the end of the match. It finished 10-0 but could easily have been more. An incredibly easy victory for Sphinx and a thoroughly professional performance from them.
FULL TIME: COVENTRY SPHINX 10 TIPTON TOWN 0 – ATTENDANCE 91
MAN OF THE MATCH: RICKIE CUTTING
The Sphinx keeper and defence had little to do but stayed focused despite the one sided contest. Bishop broke forward superbly from right back and had a particularly good game. The midfield totally dominated the game and were the key to the overwhelming victory. The two strikers, Gumery and Cutting, shared 7 seven goals between them with both of them claiming hat-tricks. Impossible to split the pair who are forming a formidable partnership but my choice for Man of the Match is Rickie Cutting. Cutting looked back to his best and his pace terrorised the Tipton defence all night
COVENTRY SPHINX TEAM: FARTHING, BISHOP (Wilks 76mins), COLEMAN, ROONEY, FLETCHER,JACKSON, GALDINS (Taylor 73mins), CUTTING (Dainty 66mins), GUMERY, BAXTER, L.DOWNES Unused subs: J.Downes, Downie
TIPTON TOWN TEAM: HALL (Frankham 32mins), RANN,ADAMS (Marsh 53mins), MOORE, CARTWRIGHT, HALE, PERRY, PEARSON, PITT, EDWARDS, SNEEKES (Kingsdown 73mins)
HOME – HEATH HAYES Saturday 20th September 3.00 kick off – MFL Premier Division
HOME – REDDITCH UTD Monday 22nd September 7.45 kick off – Birmingham Senior Cup
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