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22nd September 2009

Sphinx back to winning ways .....

by Kev Monks at Sphinx Drive.


Coventry Sphinx 4 v 1 Studley


Coventry Sphinx were back to winning ways with a workmanlike performance against Studley at Sphinx Drive tonight.

With Josh Ruff in midfield, the duo put in a fine performance along with Jerome Murdock who set up two early chances for Kelvin Phillips.

It was Phillips who was involved in the 27th minute when he went to meet a powerful header from Ruff but was taken down by inside the area in the opinion of the referee Mr Rolfe. Kelvin Phillips got up to take the kick and fired Sphinx ahead.

Two minutes later, Sphinx added a second when Mr Rolfe played an advantage after Terry Ward had been impeded and a superb run from Covsupport News Service Man Of The Match Josh Ruff saw him avoid a couple of markers before beating the 'keeper with a low drive.

Studley pulled one back in the 34th minute when Joe Adams scored from a penalty but Sphinx stuck to their guns.

A 38th minute shot from Manak crashed against the cross bar before the midfielder made a darting run a minute later to win a corner.

Eight minutes into the second half and Sphinx hit their third goal of an entertaining match played in a good spirit when Aaron Donaldson finished well from good work from Jamie McAteer who had got round the back of the defence on the left.

On the hour mark, Jerome Murdock got his reward for a good performance by heading in a Ruff free kick.

By now, it was game over but Manak was very unlucky not to have crowned his First Team debut with a goal when his 61st minute right-footed volley from 25 yards hit the far post and nine minutes later, Terry Ward also struck a post.

Manak was then involved in one of three substitutes used by Danny McSheffrey who was pleased with the victory ahead of his side’s home FA Cup tie with Stafford Rangers on Saturday.



Sphinx put Studley to the sword .....

by Randy Forder at Sphinx Drive.


Coventry Sphinx 4 v 1 Studley


On a warm night at Sphinx Drive goals were a plenty again as Sphinx put Studley to the sword. After Sunday's disappointing result in the Vase ,Sphinx turned in probably their best display of the season so far. New signing Ramon Manak made his debut in place of the injured Kyle Rhodes and Dec Docherty came in for Tom Muldoon.


Sphinx were soon causing the Studley defence problems with Murdock cutting in from the left and unleashing a right foot shot which crashed against the post and away from danger. Sphinx should of been one up when Phillips missed an easy chance after Murdock made inroads through the Studley defence. Dec Docherty then put a forceful cross in which Phillips got his head to but could olny send it over. His pressure soon told when Murdock was felled in the box and a penalty was awarded, Phillips duly dispatched it with a left-footed thunderbolt high tot he 'keeper's left hand side.

A second was soon to follow with the impressive 17 year old Josh Ruff beat three players before unleashing a 25 yard effort into the 'keeper's bottom left hand corner. A magnificent finish from a player of huge potential.


More pressure was to follow with the cultured Manak rattling the bar from 25 yards, and just as he and Ruff were starting to dictate the play in midfield so too was Donaldson down the right. It was his pass that released Murdock into the box but he could only screw his shot across the face of the goal from a tight angle.

Totally against the run of play another hopeful long ball from the Studley defence caught Sphinx napping and McAteer could only bundle over the Studley forward to give away a needless penalty. O'Neill in the Sphinx goal pulled off a great save only for the ball to rebound back to the Studley forward to finish.

Sphinx still attacked the Studley back line and Manak linked up well with Phillips, his surging run into the box culminated into a shot which was deflected just wide.

The second half started much as the same as the first with Sphinx on the attack from the off and it was in the 52nd minute that Sphinx increased their lead when Aaron Donaldson received a pass from Murdock and finished with aplomb to the 'keeper's left. Any attacking threat from Studley was dealt with admirably by the Sphinx defence who were well marshaled by Captain Terry Ward. Time and again Sphinx surged into attack with Murdock going close again with a shot across goal. He was soon to get his just rewards when he headed in a Ruff free kick.


Though Manak was tiring and was soon to be substituted he still had time to produce another stunning effort which again crashed off the bar. Mead replaced Manak and Smith replaced the injured Phillips who twisted his ankle in a goalmouth melee. Not long after Wilson King replaced the hard working Ruff.


Overall a very good performance with every player paying his part in a much needed victory delivering the much needed three points.


Sphinx: O’Neill, Goodbody, Holmes, Manak (Mead 71), Ward, McAteer, Donaldson, Ruff (C. Wilson-King 82), Phillips (Smith (70), Murdock, Doherty.


Studley: Benton, Mitchell, Beauchamp, Edwards, Sykes, Grandfield, Hayter, Adams, Gumery, Jones, Malins. Subs Used Hatfield, Bailey, Hicks.


Attendance: 64


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