Managers Update - 15th March 2008
Coventry Alliance Division 3 - Brinklow 2 : 0 Coventry University Res
Report from Paul Huddlestone:-
On a blustery cold afternoon Brinklow managed to put a recent run of poor form completely behind them with a well fought out victory against a very strong Uni side. For the first time in many weeks Brinklow had the full complement of players for this league encounter with a couple of regular first team players stepping down to give a run out to reserve players who’d had their game called off as they were unable to raise a side.
The game started sprightly for the home team who looked very solid at the back with sweeper Rob Wallace and Keeper Dale Huddlestone communicating well to snuff out a couple of early dangers. This allowed fullbacks Si Bullock and James A’Barrow to push forward and put early pressure on the visitor’s flanks with Bullock forcing a throw in down the Brinklow left. A huge throw by centre half Marc Woodward was glanced into the Uni net past a very surprised keeper for an early opener which well and truly gave the home side the confidence they needed. The game was played at a terrific pace, with Man of the Match Alex Olner creating more chances down the right flank however Brinklow’s new centre forward Andy Sorrell couldn’t quite get the final touch.
The second half proved to be a little more difficult against an ever increasing wind and a revitalised Cov Uni side who sensed and equaliser. The tireless running of Scott Vallance and Andy Mayne proved to be of vital importance, snuffing out the opposition and starting to turn the game back in Brinklow’s favour. With Wallace and Woodward in fine form the visitors were reduced to long range shots which were easily covered by Huddlestone who then brought out the save of the match, diving full stretch to turn round a 25 yard free kick. With tired legs all over the park changes had to be made with Bedder coming on for Olner, David Sinclair coming on for the injured Vallance and Ben Clarke coming on for the injured Lee Kavanagh. The substitutions were to take immediate effect with Sinclair sliding the ball through to Clarke who tangled with a defender in the box. The resultant penalty was superbly dispatched by Clarke for Brinklow to see out the remaining 15 minutes in a very comfortable fashion.
Coventry Alliance Division 3 - Brinklow 3 : 1 Christ the King III
Report from Paul Huddlestone:-
What a superb result for Brinklow Football Club!! Brinklow played host to league leaders Christ the King III on a smooth playing surface which suited both team’s style of play. It was evident in the first period that the visitors had come for the points and to stretch their lead at the top but it was the home side however that opened the scoring. A superb team move saw Dave Anderson intercept a long through ball and feed Simon Bullock down the left. His centre was flicked on by the impressive Scott Vallance on to the boot of Andy Sorrell who used the outside of his foot to volley home from the edge of the area. This was followed by bazaar goalkeeping by the King’s keeper who managed to give away two silly penalties when in no danger at all, the second seeing him sent from the field of play. The penalties were superbly dispatched in opposite corners by the calm Scott Vallance. Kings saw some light just before half time with a slight mix up between defender and keeper Danny Bell allowing them to pull one back on the stroke of half time.
The second half got very niggly, with Kings will to win boiling over on many occasions, however Brinklow kept their discipline and calm to see Anderson and Craig Burrin snuff out anything that was thrown at them. As time went on Brinklow created more chances to make the game secure. But good defending and good keeping denied a more emphatic victory.
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