Wednesday, 26 July 2017

My Sixth 17/18 Game - Mickleover Sports vs Coventry City

You can imagine the disappointment when it was announced we would be sending our u23 side to Mickleover instead of our first team. However it was still classed as a Coventry City match rather than a 'Coventry City XI', therefore I still went as not only do I want to keep up my 100% record, but also I don't have much of a life outside of football.

Coventry City Starting XI:

Charles-Cook

Hickman
Ford
Thompson
Leahy

Bayliss
Maycock

Stedman
Finn
Sayoud

Ponticelli

Coventry City Substitutes: 

Addai
Green
Eccles
McMahon

The only one in that side who's going to have a sniff of first team football is Jordan Ponticelli. Sadly Charles-Cook has been demoted to third choice keeper when he hasn't really done too much wrong. I'd be surprised if he was still here come the end of the transfer window, he's too old and frankly too good to be sitting in the reserves of a League Two side.



First Half

Possibly the best part about the whole match was getting to see Clinton Morrison again, after about 7 years since he left us in the Championship. He's still knocking about as a 38 year old who's clearly just playing out of love of the game as opposed to money. That's something which you just can't help but respect.

The match got off to a fairly lively start, Kyle Finn's attempt was parried by Draper into the path of Ponticelli, who cannoned it straight off the crossbar. He really should have given The Sky Blues an early lead. We continued to press throughout the first half but couldn't make the breakthrough, but equally we were solid defensively.

Half Time - Mickleover Sports 0-0 Coventry City

Second Half

You know it's non-league football when you can pretty much have a conversation with the opposition keeper, we found out he's a Chelsea fan. He also found the whole situation hilarious when their captain was giving the linesman abuse for not awarding a foul in the hosts favour.  Look out for Nick Draper if you ever head to Mickleover.

The pressing continued throughout the second period and the lower tier defence were barely keeping us at bay. It looked as if it would only be a matter of time and on the hour mark our hard work paid off when Ponticelli scored from the edge of the box out of almost nothing, finding the opposite corner to Draper. 

For the remainder of the match we continued to attack but other than a free kick which cleared the wall and nearly knocked me clean out, there was nothing to note. A routine win against very poor opposition with players I doubt we will see at all over the course of the next season. Pretty pointless going when you think about it...

Full Time - Mickleover Sports 0-1 Coventry City

I say I'm not sure whether I'll be going to the Nuneaton tournament at the weekend but it's likely I'll end up watching us play Liverpool youth on the Saturday and Nuneaton on the Sunday. We edge ever closer to the start of the season where we can all regain sanity and not have to go to far away lands which house teams you've never heard of before.

My Man of the Match - Billy Stedman - Apparently he was the youngest player in the whole side but Stedman very much impressed on the right wing. I wouldn't go as far as to say throw him in the first team but he's certainly one to look out for in the future.

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