Town beat the Sky Blues on penalties to progress in the Birmingham Senior cup
By Andy Chilton
The Royal Blues edge out the Sky Blues in dogged cup encounter at the Arden Garages Stadium
Match Report by Kevin Hand, Photographs by Granty
Birmingham Senior Cup
Stratford Town 0 v 0 Coventry City
(Stratford Win 3-1 on penalties)
Wednesday 03 October, 2018 7.45pm at the Arden Garages Stadium
• Strangers in the Night (Frank Sinatra)
With only two players in the starting eleven from the 2-2 draw with Rushall at the weekend this was always going to be a difficult game and so it proved. These ‘strangers in the night exchanged glances’ but rarely passes, in a game where defences dominated.
That said some reputations were enhanced. Jordan Williams was outstanding in defence alongside Chris Cox. Debutant, Guillaume Taty became more assured as the game progressed and James Hancocks caught the eye with a range of astute passing. Another debutant, Richard Walton, in goal signed from Matlock Town was to prove a hero at the denouement of the piece.
After a dull opening to the game with much ‘huffing and puffing’ in midfield it took all of 30 minutes for any real excitement for the Town fans to appreciate. First, Cox burst forward and found debutant, Jordan Patrick, in a good position. He was all too easily robbed. He quickly redeemed himself by pressurizing Coventry keeper, Corey Addai, into a kicking error. From distance Ross Oulton couldn’t find the back of an unguarded net as his shot dribbled wide. Town finished the half the stronger without seriously threatening.
The second half followed a similar pattern with forwards on both sides unable to break down two well-drilled defences.
A result decided by penalties looked a certainty from a long way out. Kicking towards the Knights Lane End Claudio Dias coolly dispatched the first. By contrast Jak Hickman for Coventry blasted way over. Jazz Luckie made it 2 and Walton made an outstanding save From Eccles to give Town a distinct edge. Ross Oulton fired over and Camwell converted (2-1). Josh Cooke made it 3-1 before Walton saved a second time to clinch the tie for Stratford.
Much for the management team to ponder and a good result matched by a good attitude all over the pitch with Jordan Williams proving an outstanding leader as Captain for the night. Tight for man of the match with Cox, Walton and Hancocks pressing Williams for the honour. Hancocks shaded it for his passing, on a night where this skill was often missing.
Saturday 13 October – Kings Lynn (A) EvoStik Premier Central League
Man of the Match: James Hancocks