Sunday, 30 July 2017

My Eighth 17/18 Game - Nuneaton Town vs Coventry City

For our last match of pre-season we headed to Nuneaton Town for the second and of our tournament, the first of which resulted in the worst match of football I have possibly ever seen. Even that is sugarcoating it. I was praying with every fibre of my body that it was even slightly better than that, and thankfully, it was.

Coventry City Starting XI:

Charles-Cook

Di. Kelly-Evans
Hyam
Trialist
Leahy

Jones
Stevenson
Shipley
K Thomas

Beavoon
Ponticelli

Coventry City Substitutes:

Addai
Hickman
Thompson
Ford
Camwell
Maycock
Bayliss
Finn
Sayoud

This is most likely our second team but filled with players who will make sporadic appearances throughout the campaign as well as those fighting for spots in the starting eleven against Notts County on Saturday. Once again our bench was filled with our u23 squad to rest those who played yesterday.

First Half

Frighteningly Nuneaton had the first chance of the match after a mistake in the midfield but Charles-Cook charged down well to force Chambers to stab past the post. However not long later Beavon went through and forced a good save out of Tyrell Belford. Only 10 minutes had passed in the match yet still there was more action than the whole of yesterday's fixture.

Then at the 20 minute mark we were treated with a goal, Jodi Jones whipped in a pin point cross which Beavon headed in almost perfectly to the bottom corner. Ponticelli could have doubled the lead almost immediately after but couldn't find the net to the standard that he has done in pre-season against Valenciennes and Mickleover.

We had a couple more chances just before the break, both created by Dion Kelly-Evans, the first lead to Jodi Jones rattling the post while Beavon headed wide of the mark only a minute later. All in all we dominated the first half, displaying positive signs of scoring from open play, contradicting the general thoughts from yesterday.

Half Time - Nuneaton Town 0-1 Coventry City

A few minutes into the second half Kwame Thomas could only strike into the side netting from a tight angle, perhaps he should have done better. Darragh Leahy tried an ambitious volley from distance which sailed miles over the crossbar. Not long after he had to leave the field and was replaced by Chris Camwell. Kyle Finn also came on in place of Kwame Thomas.



Jordan Shipley also got subbed off for Tom Bayliss. Ponticelli nearly doubled the lead with 15 minutes remaining but his header crept just past the post. However the hosts went straight up the other end and scored when Callum Ball's delivery was headed in by Ryan Beswick, very much against the run of play.

With 8 minutes left on the clock Jodi did his trademark cutting onto his favoured left foot and letting fly. I don't know what he's been doing over summer but his precision has come on leaps and bounds, it flew into the top corner. He is looking raring to go and if we has the season we expected of him last year then we could be up there towards the end of the campaign.

Full Time - Nuneaton Town 1-2 Coventry City

So that is it for pre-season 17/18, now we should be ready to go. I'll have a season preview up in the week but despite going to all seven Coventry matches this summer, I'll be missing the first game in the league as well as the Carabao Cup. You couldn't write it, metaphorically as well as literally in this sense.

My Man of the Match - Jodi Jones - We lacked creativity without Jodi, then he came back into the side and played brilliantly. He's done enough to make it into the first team in my opinion, but the only one that counts is the one of Mark Robins.

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