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10th August 2010

Sphinx Self Destruct

by Randy Forder

Coventry Sphinx 3  v  4  Friar Lane & Epworth


Sphinx first home league game of the season was a game that Sphinx should of put to bed after being 2-0 up at half time, but they ended up losing 4-3 after a dour 2nd half performance.
Sphinx started brightly and in the 5th minute threatened the FLAE goal when a Husserbury cross found Ruff at the back post who failed to fully connect when sliding in. FLAE responded with Gibbons surging run took him past 3 players into the box where a covering Woodward cleared before Gibbons could get a shot off. In the 15th minute Day put Seal through with a clear run on the Sphinx goal and with Cudworth working back Seal tripped over his own feet in the box with half hearted pleas for a penalty waved away by the Referee.
Sphinx were next to threaten when Ruffs long throw was flicked on by Rhodes but with no one coming in at the back post Goodman had time to clear under no pressure. From the clearance Holmes found Ruff in space who played Husserbury down the line but his cross was snuffed out for a corner, Ruffs corner found McAteer at the far post but he headed over under pressure from Keeper Shilliam.
Sphinx took the lead in the 25th minute in a good 4 man move Husserbury played the ball inside to Woodward who found Phillips on the edge of the area who held up the ball before playing in Rhodes who placed the ball past Shillian in the FLAE goal. Sphinx were soon 2 up when a long diagonal ball from Holmes was headed into Woodward's forward run by Husserbury, Woodward took one touch before smashing the ball past an oncoming Shillian.
FLAE responded well and a dangerous move inside the Sphinx area was thwarted by a lunging tackle by Holmes. Holmes was in the thick of it again when a FLAE free kick from the edge of the area was bravely headed clear by Holmes who took a knock to the head which required a little treatment to clear the stars.
Ruff was always in the thick of the action for Sphinx and it was his tenacity which gained him the ball down the right but his low cross into the box was not met by any oncoming attackers and the chance went begging.
FLAE again responded with an effort on goal with the dangerous Gibbons unleashing a drive which was cut out by a lunging foot from Holmes. In the 43rd a good move down the left from Sphinx resulted in Phillips again being upended on the box and Peads curling free kick brought a good one handed save from Shillian. A poor pass from Ruff in midfield started what was to be FLAE and the games last attack of the half, again Gibbons who was central to all FLAE attacks evaded 3 challenges before being brought down on the edge of the area by Cudworth which earned him a yellow card. Gibbons took the free kick and curled it round the wall but Holland was equal to it and turned it round the post.
Half Time Sphinx 2 FLAE 0
The second half could not of started worse for Danny McSheffreys men when Gibbons rifled in a unstoppable free kick which Holland could only watch as it flew into his top left hand corner. Sphinx were now being put to the sword and could not string 2 passes together all the effort and good football seemed to have left them and mistakes were a plenty. Woodward eventually found space and put Ruff away down the right and his low cross into the area was met by Phillips and a covering defender and the ball was cleared out of danger.
FLAE were now getting a grip of the game and the long diagonal ball out to the wide right were causing the Sphinx problems and if delivery was better the equaliser would of come sooner rather than later,
It was part mix up and part bad pass that led to FLAE equaliser, Muldoon passed the ball out from defence to Husserbury who played the ball firmly back but the pass went between Holmes and McAteer and no one reacted to it other than Coore raced away in to the box and calmly slotted past Holland in the 54th minute. Things were to go bad to worse for Sphinx firstly Woodward was booked before Sphinx could kick off then 3 minutes later FLAE Captain Welford crossed for Coore to beat his marker and head in past Holland.
Within 12 minutes Sphinx had threw away a 2 goal cushion and were now 3-2 down and chasing the game. Sphinx slowly crawled there way back into the game and a Ruff cross was again met by Philips and a defender with the ball squirming wide for a corner from the corner Phillips headed over.
Sphinx were given a lifeline when Rhodes was adjudged to have been fouled and Woodward's free kick was met by Holmes who flashed a header past Shillian. This led to to much back chat from the FLAE bench and the Asst Manager was asked to leave the dug out.
The game was now evenly poised and could of gone either way Rhodes sent Husserbury clear into the box but with just the keeper to beat he screwed his shot wide this was to be his last action of the game as he was replaced by Donaldson on 68 minutes. Rhodes found himself in the book for the 3rd game running for a foul on Welford.
A long ball into the FLAE box by Cudworth was collected easily by the keeper but the Referee blew for a free kick on the edge of the area for Sphinx when Warner was judged to have impeded Woodward's run into the box. Phillips sent the free-kick high over the bar.

With 15 minutes to go Rhodes received a second yellow card and a sending off for a mis-timed tackle to give Sphinx an uphill task in getting 3pts.

Sphinx were to be given the killer blow when Taylor was free in the box to score and to collect 3pts for FLAE.
Disappointing though the results is there's plenty of time for the Sphinx to get into winning ways no more so than the F.A. Cup game against Castle Vale this coming Saturday.

Full Time: Sphinx 3 FLAE 4




Simon Holland, Tom Muldoon, Jimmy Holmes, Jamie McAteer, Tom Cudworth, Craig Pead (85 mins), Kyle Rhodes, Callum Woodward (Capt), Josh Ruff, Kelvin Phillips (85 mins), Mick Husserbury(68 mins).

Substitutes: Jack Cudworth (85 mins), Luke Hopkins (85 mins), Aaron Donaldson (68 mins), Darren Eggerton, Chris Daffern.



Shillian, Day, Goodman, Warner, Wakeling, Doughty, Welford, Taylor (Captain), Gibbons, Seal, Coore.

Substitutes: Day, Orton, Crawford, McCulloch.


Attendance: 81


Bookings: Rhodes, Woodward, Cudworth

Sending Offs: Rhodes (2 yellows)


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