After a well earned summer break we were back in action as the pre season friendlies got underway. It was a pleasant summer evening in Coventry as we welcomed our visitors, Racing Club Warwick, to Sphinx Drive. Racing Club Warwick play in the division below Sphinx but i was expecting a reasonable test all the same. We were using the pitch behind the stand this evening in order to give the main pitch as much time as possible to get into prime condition for the start of the season. The main pitch is looking in great condition already and credit must go to our Groundsman for once again providing an excellent playing surface.
Onto the game this evening and there was a decent turnout for a match that Coventry Sphinx had made a “free entry for all” occasion. Sphinx manager Luke Hopkins had named a side that consisted of some retained players, new players and trialists. There was no indication of unfamiliarity amongst the players as they were combining well in the early stages and the game continued in this vein as Racing Club Warwick struggled to gain any notable possession. Sphinx were dominant and the only frustration was the lack of goals. Sphinx thumped the foot of the post as early as the 10th minute and in the 30th minute only the cross bar prevented Sphinx taking the lead after a thunderous effort from midfield. We went into half time with the game goal less but Sphinx were well on top in this contest.
HALF TIME: Coventry Sphinx 0 Racing Club Warwick 0
A number of changes were made, as to be expected, and Sphinx introduced some Youth players as well as another trialist. Within 6 minutes of the restart Sphinx were in front with a close range effort giving them a thoroughly deserved lead. It was unsurprising to see the games flow get affected by the numerous changes but Sphinx were still the better side. The one goal lead was the least they deserved and Racing Club Warwick were struggling to test the young keeper in the Sphinx goal. The visitors were having a bit more of the ball but Sphinx defended well when they needed to. Sphinx added two more goals in the last ten minutes and the scoreline now reflected their dominance. The second was an accurate drive into the bottom corner from the edge of the box and the third goal was a superb strike into the bottom corner from a good 20 yards out. That last goal came from the trialist striker who would have done his cause no harm at all with that effort.
Overall a comfortable victory for the new look Sphinx side and some of the players on show gave us real cause for optimism for the coming season. The manager certainly looked satisfied with the performance and work rate of his players and I was certainly happy with what I saw as a spectator.
FULL TIME: Coventry Sphinx 3 Racing Club Warwick 0