22nd August 2009
Sphinx beaten at Bridgnorth.....
by Randy Forder
Bridgnorth Town 2 v 0 Coventry Sphinx (att. __)
On a warm, sunny down in Bridgnorth Sphinx will be disappointed with not coming away with at least a point.
In a first half during which they dominated Sphinx were unlucky with four or five good chances. It was one of those games where either choosing to have one touch too many or taking the wrong option in the box meant that chance after chance was let slip.
This litany of spurned chances included; Ward going close with headers on three occasions with the crossbar being shaved or his radar just off as he met well placed Muldoon corners, Rhodes headed just over, Muldoon chipped over the bar when maybe a shot across goal might have been a better option and finally Murdock through on goal twice but his final touch gave the 'keeper the chance to come out and smother the ball at his feet.
In a cruel twist to the end of the first half a free kick from Bridgnorth was lofted into the box, 'keeper Bryce came and punched the ball but it fell to a Bridgnorth player who volleyed it back into the goal with their only effort of the half.
The second half was a more even affair with both teams creating chances. Murdock was having a fantastic battle with the Bridgnorth Captain. On numerous occasions Murdock thought he had the best of the centre half but some very well timed tackles would scupper Murdock's run on goal.
Bridgnorth's second goal was a killer blow for Sphinx, a long clearance fell to the feet of the Bridgnorth number 9 and with Sphinx pushing up for offside he was left with a clear run on goal. Bryce came out to narrow the angle and parried the first effort but could do nothing with the second effort on goal.
Then came the talking point of the match. Sphinx were awarded a free kick on the edge of the area. Woodward asked if he could take a quick kick and it was indicated he could. He slid in Tom Muldoon who crossed for Murdock to score only for the Referee to blow up and say 'wait for my whistle'.
Overall the Referee had a good game and was very approachable and admitted after the game that he had maybe made a mistake but this was no consolation to Sphinx who made the 50 mile trip back home without even a consolation goal.
Sphinx: T. Bryce, C. Goodbody, J. Holmes, K. Rhodes, T. Ward, J. McAteer, T. Muldoon, C. Woodward, L. Hopkins, J. Murdock, A. Donaldson. subs: L. Simmons, J. Ruff, A. Fisher, K. Phillips.
Bridgnorth Town: D. Walters,
D. Andrewartha, A. Burd, G. Williams, Z. Jackson, L. Bood, G.
Licerif, J. Pike, R. Adams, G. Horler, N. Stokes. subs: M.
Neville, O. Brown, A. Jones, D. Kimble-White, P. Herdley.
In the Press:
From Bridgnorth Town's official website...
"Town were rewarded with their first league win of the season
thanks to an improved second half performance.
Town took the lead three minutes before the break, when Coventry keeper Tom Bryce cleared the ball only as far as Williams who punished him for his mistake to set up his first Town goal in 22 months.
Playing down the slope second half saw a more creative Town display, with Horler doubling the lead on 57 minutes.
Coventry felt the pressure and were fortunate not to have had two players dismissed.
Overall a good performance with points now on the board.
42 min - George Williams (6/10)
A textbook right footed finish from six yards out by George Williams, following an opposition error.
57 min - Gareth Horler (6/10)
Gareth Horler fired home from close range with a clinical right foot goal, following a decent through-ball. "