Managers Update - 3rd December 2007
Coventry Alliance Division 3 - Dunlop 1: Brinklow 2
Report from Martin Pulford:-
Report from Paul Huddlestone:-
With the wind slightly behind us in the first half Brinklow were able to force the pace with the impressive Scott Vallance and Mark Bird winning the battle in the middle of the park. Slick moves down the Brinklow left brought joy for Simon Bullock to feed the front men on several occasions but last ditch defending prevented the opener. As Brinklow forced more pressure on the Dunlop back line Andy Mayne was released down the right to break the offside trap. The home defence looked despairingly at their linesman but Mayney didn’t hesitate, sending in a pinpoint cross for Grubby to control and slot past the Dunlop keeper. A deserved opener, with the second coming within minutes against our then very disorganised opposition. Excellent work from Dave Anderson at left back released Birdy down the middle who in turn slotted through for the very busy Pulfs to race through and finish magnificently past the out rushing keeper. We knew that Dunlop had nothing to loose in the second half and with the increasing wind in our faces Brinklow had to dig deep from the re-start. Our hosts managed to see a little more ball all over the park with their pressure causing a mix up in the Brinklow defence. As the ball was played down the Dunlop left James A’Barrow stood firm at right back giving the winger no option other than the long ball into the Brinklow box. The long high ball sailed over the heads of the Brinklow defenders but a positioning misjudgement by keeper Dale Huddlestone failed to see it bounce all the way through to him. He in turn was beaten to the ball by the Dunlop striker who toed agonisingly slowly into an empty net.
That was the wake up call Brinklow needed forcing us to work much harder in every position with us again creating chances through substitutes Lee Trainer and Andy Sorrell. As the game progressed into the final minutes Huddlestone made up for his earlier mistake with two smart saves on his near post and excellent work from Mark Woodward, Birdy, and Man of the Match Scott Vallance kept the home side at bay for the remaining minutes.
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