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Match Report  |  Coventry Sphinx vs Gresley Rovers

Coventry Sphinx  1
Shipman 47
Gresley Rovers  1
Banton 41

Northern Premier League Midlands

Sphinx Industrial Supplies Arena, Sphinx Drive, Coventry

Saturday, 16th December 2023, 3.00pm

Points Shared

Rovers were without three players with Kieran O’Connell away, Martin Smyth absent due to family reasons and Jamie Sleigh with an ankle injury.

There was not much to report from the first half too be honest as both sides cancelled each other out. There were a few corners and a few free kicks but no clear-cut chances of any note until five minutes before the end of the half.

On 41 minutes Sphinx beat the offside and a player raced forward but with only Rovers’ keeper Harvey Woodward to beat the young keeper made a superb block to deny the home side from going ahead.

However, a minute later it was the visitors who took the only chance they had created and went in at the break leading.

Some good play through the middle of the pitch ended with Richard Hanslow putting the perfect pass through to Nathan Banton and he gladly took the invitation firing past the helpless Keelan Fallows.

Within two minutes of the second half starting Sphinx were level. Matthew Shipman collected the ball deep in the Rovers half and with the defence backing off he managed to dribble through before hitting a shot which gave Woodward no chance.

The second half then proceeded to fall into a similar pattern as the first with neither side really threatening the goalkeepers. Banton tried his luck with a curling shot from outside the area which fizzed past the far post.

Both sides made changes with Dylan Hunniford replacing Chris Jones and Khaellerm Bailey-Nicholls replacing Jamal Adams for Sphinx.

With both side looking as if they’d decided to settle for a point a piece and not wanting to lose the game both sides made further changes as the game began to run to a conclusion, but Rovers could have snatched all three points at the end.

Hanslow got the better of his marker on the edge of the area and ran in on goal only to be denied by a good block from Fallows.

On the balance of things a draw was probably the fair result as neither side deserved to win or lose the game.

Match Stats
Shots on Target 2 4
Shots off Target 3 2
Corners 4 3
Fouls Conceded 11 10
Yellow Cards 1 2
Red Cards 0 0
Possession (%) 50 50
Streaming Interview
Coventry Sphinx
1 Keelan Fallows
2 Joe Pursey
3 Finlay Shorrock
4 Jack Downes Yellow Card
5 Louis Guest
6 Callum Whiteside (c)
7 Jamal Adams
8 Callum Woodward
9 Matthew Shipman
10 Joe Redhead
11 Jordan Hayward
12 Luke Downes
for 8 - 78 mins
14 Khallem Bailey-Nicholls
for 7 - 68 mins
15 Alex Lock Yellow Card
for 11 - 62 mins
16 James Bryson
not used
Gresley Rovers
1 Harvey Woodward
2 Jayden Cotterill
3 Josh Egginton
4 Josh Waldram
5 John Guy
6 Alby Lansdowne (c)
7 John King
8 Chris Jones
9 Richard Hanslow
10 Jack Tyson Yellow Card
11 Nathan Banton
12 Rhys Mason
for 11 - 86 mins
14 Dylan Hunniford
for 8 - 66 mins
15 Haydn Brown
for 7 - 79 mins
16 Jonathan Dawkins
not used
17 Harvey Ridgley
not used
Other Match Info

Referee: Kieran Forrest

Attendance: 106

Star Player

Nathan Banton

Worked hard and scored a goal