Monday night gave Coventry Sphinx an early opportunity to improve on Saturday’s display with a Birmingham Senior Cup tie against Redditch Utd. Redditch play in the Southern League Premier Division which is two leagues above Coventry Sphinx so tonight was sure to be a test for them. Sphinx Manager Luke Hopkins made changes to the side including naming his fourth different Goalkeeper of the season. An injury to Number One keeper Carl O’Neill has been a big blow to the side and tonight Tommy Hindmarsh got his chance in the Sphinx goal. There was a welcome return in defence for Ricky Fletcher and starts for teenagers Jack Downes and Jackson Downie.
Sphinx started the game reasonably well and were playing some decent football in the early part of the match. Redditch were the first to get efforts in on goal but they were comfortably saved by Hindmarsh. Sphinx created their first chance after 15 minutes when Jackson headed back across goal to set up Downie for a shot that came to nothing and then Redditch responded with a shot over the bar. Some lovely football followed from Sphinx but they lacked penetration and the move ended with a long range effort from Jack Downes. Midway through the half Redditch broke the deadlock. Initially Hindmarsh made a great save in the Sphinx goal but his defence failed to clear and Sammons took advantage with a beautiful finish to make it 1-0 to Redditch. The goal led to Redditch getting the upper hand and Hindmarsh was once again called into action with a tremendous double save to keep Sphinx in the game. He had no chance with the second Redditch goal though as Sammons curled a superb free kick into the corner to double the lead on 35 minutes. A rapid counter attack from Redditch very nearly made it three as they looked to add to their tally. As we approached half time Sphinx got a couple of chances to reduce the deficit. Cutting was through on goal but shot over and a determined run from skipper Ash Jackson almost led to a goal but it wasn’t to be and Sphinx went into the break two goals down.
HALF TIME: COVENTRY SPHINX 0 REDDITCH UTD 2
Sphinx still in the game at the moment but it was crucial they got the next goal to have any chance of getting a result. However, it was Redditch who started on the front foot and a great save from Hindmarsh just minutes into the half kept the score down to 2-0. Sphinx responded with a great run from Dainty to set up Baxter for a shot but his effort sailed over the bar. Minutes later Redditch got the third goal to as good as kill the game with Maye heading into a vacant net. The Sphinx manager made a couple of substitutions but Redditch immediately added a couple of quick fire goals to remove any lingering doubt of the result. Spencer got the fourth after a strong run and finish and Sammons bagged his hat-trick a minute later after rounding the keeper and firing home. 5-0 with just over an hour gone and it was a damage limitation exercise now for Sphinx. Sphinx’s only real chance came after the unlucky Dainty hit the bar twice within a minute and Redditch wrapped up the comprehensive victory with two late goals from Spink and Sammons who claimed his fourth of the match. A thrashing for Sphinx in the end who were outclassed and beaten comfortably.
FULL TIME: COVENTRY SPHINX 0 REDDITCH UTD 7
MAN OF THE MATCH:
After such a heavy defeat this was a tough call but I’m selecting the goalkeeper Tommy Hindmarsh. He came into a tough situation tonight and pulled off some good saves to keep Sphinx in the game. Difficult to fault him for any of the goals and he was certainly worked hard.
COVENTRY SPHINX TEAM: HINDMARSH, TAYLOR, DAINTY, ROONEY, FLETCHER, BAXTER, J.DOWNES (Galdins 56mins), JACKSON (c), CUTTING, DOWNIE (Coleman 58mins), L.DOWNES (Bishop 75mins)
Next Fixture for Coventry Sphinx:
Away Basford United Saturday 27th September 3.00pm LEAGUE
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