24th September 2011
We Played Like Graham Norton....
by Randy Forder
Coventry Sphinx 0 v 3 Norton Utd
......might have been the words coming from Sphinx Manager Danny McSheffrey. For the third game in succession Sphinx performance was very much below par. Losing 3-0 to a team from a lower level can be taken on the chin if the performance and effort was put in but on this occasion it was not. Norton were no world beaters and didn't play much football but what they did do was work hard, comptete, win the second ball, defeneded well and with purpose got the ball forward early and played from there so credit to them for that.
Sphinx on the other hand were none of the above. Manager McSheffrey was lost for words on that display and knows he has some hard work to do to raise his troops for Tuesdays Birmingham Cup game against near neighbours Nuneaton Town.
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It really was a very poor display from Coventry Sphinx as they crashed out of the FA Vase to lower league Norton Utd. Sphinx were one down as early as the 2nd minute when Lee Talbot nipped in to fire past Carl O’Neill. Sphinx never got out of the blocks and were second to every ball. Norton could of gone two up in the 25th minute when Machin hit the bar with a long range effort. Adam Bilic had to be replaced when he was concussed after a collision with McAteer when both challenging for a high ball and was replaced by Dion Barrett.
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Sphinx had an appeal for a penalty turned down as Chris Long made his way into the box and appeared to be upended but the Referee waved the appeal away. Sphinx first effort on goal was from a free kick in 38th minute, Luke Williams effort was pushed onto the bar by Lloyd Parry. Going in at half time at 1-0 would of given Sphinx some hope of a revival but a huge long punt from Lloyd cleared McAteer and Ward and with Long coming round on the cover he clipped the heels of Talbot earning him a yellow and Norton a penalty. Tom Winkle duly put away the penalty on 45th minute to give Norton a 2-0 cushion at half time.
Second half was pretty much the same with Norton more eager, endeavour and hard working and Sphinx playing with none of the previous. McSheffrey made two changes in 7 minutes when McAteer was replaced after tweaking a hamstring by Andy Williams and Paul Saunders was replaced by Jack Edwards. Both substitutions breathed a bit of life into Sphinx with Edwards 25 yard curler just evading the top corner with Parry stranded. Sphinx had a good 10 minute spell for the first time in the game but never tested Parry in the Norton goal. In the 73rd minute Norton put the game beyond Sphinx’s reach when Talbot got his second after O’Neill had pulled off a great smothering save but the ball rebounded into Talbots pass he made no mistake from 5 yards out.
Sphinx: O'Neill Long Fraser Bilic Ward McAteer Saunders Kay Williams L Donaldson Muldoon subs: Barrett Williams A Hayden Jackson Edwards
Norton Utd: Parry Brunt Fogg Beaumont Winkle Smith Talbot McDonald Machin Brown Fox
Subs: Davies Dunas Protheroe
Sphinx Bookings: Long, Ward
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