11th October 2011
Gummers Seals Win....
by Kev Monks
Willenhall Town 0 v 1 Coventry Sphinx
Coventry Sphinx put in a tremendous effort and won 1-0 at Willenhall
Town in a re-arranged Midland Alliance fixture.
Danny McSheffrey fielded loanee Chris Gumery due to the lack of forwards available with Pav Tomzcak on holiday, Aaron Donaldson with work committments and Luke Williams moving onto Redditch, the effect of the Coalville Town player had was immediate as he got to a Chris Hayden ball and beat the home keeper with a low drive within six minutes of the first whistle from referee James Kerrigan.
Gummery was a the hub of Sphinx attacks linking up well with Josh ruff, its was two long throws from Rufff that found the head of Gumery but on both occasions Sphinx failed to get the final touch on the ball as it flashed across the Willenhall goal.
Robbie Stevenson free kick was curled into the box at pace but Bilic
sliding in at the far post could not get his effort on target.
Jamie McAteer and Gumery both made the keeper work as Sphinx restricted the home side to long range shots on probably the biggest pitch in the division.
Josh Ruff was just one of the Sphinx players who was prepared to battle for every ball and his shot in the 26th minute was blocked for a corner.
Sphinx, whose work rate was excellent with every player rallying to the cause, continued in the second half to look for a second goal but came up against the in-form Liam Flynn who pushed a 54th minute Stevenson shot from twenty yards over before diving to his left to palm away an Edwards piledriver for a corner which Reece Leek had to clear off the line.
A cross from Jackson
evaded everyone and came back off the post with Edwards coming in
late to try and convert the rebound but could not get any purchase
on his shot.
The saves from Flynn continued. In the 71st minute, Flynn tipped a Ruff shot over and seven minutes later, he thwarted substitute Andy Williams who had broke through with a brave block at his feet.
With Sphinx unable to get that second goal, Willenhall had a late spell of pressure but when Leek fired wide deep into the six minutes of stoppage time, the very welcome three points were going back down the M6 to Coventry.
Sphinx: O'Neill, Hayden (Fraser 55), Long, Stevenson (Kwabena-Konadu 80), Ward, McAteer, Bilic, Edwards, Gumery (A.Williams 69) Ruff, Jackson Subs Barrett, Newman.
Willenhall: Flynn, Swain, Wright, Fuller (Fisher 55), Clews, Whitehouse (Dorgan 75), Williams, Leek, Gregory, Trapszo, Robertson (Pinnock 69). Subs Fowler, Ward.