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LIVE: Worcester City vs Coventry Sphinx

By Marcello Cossali-Francis

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    FULL-TIME: Worcester City 1 (Downes OG, 66) Coventry Sphinx 1 (Bryson, 28)
  • Worcester City's search for a first league win of the season continued after a wasteful 1-1 draw with Coventry Sphinx at Claines Lane.
  • The hosts dominated the game and even played against 10-men for 20 minutes after Sphinx's 'keeper Tom Cross was sent off following some unsavoury handbags, but they couldn't capitalise.
  • The draw means City have taken just two points from their opening five league games and sit two places off the bottom of the MFL Premier Division.
  • The first-half saw very little in terms of goalmouth action but it was the visitors who created the best chance.
  • Captain Callum Woodward whipped in a pin-point set-piece delivery on the half-hour mark and James Bryson was on hand to glance it back across goal and into the far corner.
  • City continued to control possession and territory but they failed to create anything worthy of note and they went into the break behind.
  • Worcester returned from the dressing room with plenty of energy and inside the first few minutes they had created a chance for Ryan Winwood but 'keeper Tom cross was equal to his snapshot effort and pulled off a fine save.
  • City equalised on the 66th minute through an unfortunate own-goal from Jack Downes, who flicked a header into his own net from a Tom Turton free-kick.
  • The real moment of controversy came minutes later when it appeared as if Liam Lockett had been pushed in the face by Sphinx right-back Patsun Tufan.
  • A big scuffle ensued and after about five minutes of deliberating by the officials, the referee brandished a red card to the Sphinx keeper, for what must have been his involvement in the handbags.
  • Brsyon, the goal scorer, for Sphinx, was tasked with pulling on the gloves and despite City laying siege to the Coventry box, they could not force him into a noticeable save and the visitors held on for a draw.
  • City: 1 Lovejoy, 2 Roberts, 3 Kelly, 4 Jones, 22 English, 6 Turton, 7 Winwood, 15 Withington, 11 Brain, 12 Smith, 19 Nicol.
  • Subs: 9 Adaggio, 10 Reynolds, 14 Lockett, 17 Mewies, 21 Willis
  • Sphinx: 1. Cross, 2 Tufan, 3 Fraser, 4 Downes, 5 Kay, 6 Bryson, 7 Rawlings, 8 Woodward, 9 Billy, 10 Noon, 11 Pryce.
  • Subs: 14 Edwards, 12 Smith, 15 Guest, 16 Hammond, 17 Semahimbo.