Coventry Sphinx Manager Luke Hopkins felt his side’s 4-2 win over Kirby Muxloe was a very good win.
Speaking to the Sphinx website, Hopkins said: “It was a very good win Saturday and wass what we needed to get us back on track and set us nicely for the big FA Vase game this coming week away at Westfields - a hard place to go. ”Kyle Baxter was back from a groin strain picked up at Stourport, we had the services of Jaime Towers available to us and a nice home debut for Ashley Cain. Picking the team though, we still had 10 unavailable players, with Carl O’ Neill suspended, Ben Atkins, Jerome Murdock, Kyle Rhodes, Luke Williams, Hayden Wright, Adam Sullivan injured to name but a few with a couple others having work commitments. ”Darren Pratley came in for Carlo in goal and to be honest did a very good job, big boots to fill Carlo's are and we would like to thank Daz for helping us out. ”The game started a little frantic and it took us 20 minutes to settle into it, but the scoreline was already 1-1 then. They scored after 100 seconds and it was a mix up in defence, which allowed their winger to break through and score when the usual dependable centre midfielder Matty Bannister at right back doing a job for the team was caught out of position. We equalised through Matty Fowler from an Ash Cains corner within a minute and it was 1-1 after five minutes gone. ”Ash Wilks scored the next one from Ash Cain cross again. 2-1 at half time and we were in control of the game. It wasn’t pretty or beautiful to watch, but we were doing enough to get the three points, which mattered the most. ”We settled back into the game second half and were looking for our third with plenty of good play down both wings through Towers and Cain and the third came through Ashley Jackson at the back post, a high volley into the roof of the net, ”Kirby then had a five minute spell of putting us under pressure and the winger stepped in with a good finish to the bottom corner and not much the keeper or any defenders could really do as it was case of good feet and shoot to score. ”To seal the game, Ashley Cain stepped in off the left wing and smashed one in the top corner to round off a good day for him and the team. We deserved the three points - they had one sent off for two bookables, but even with eleven Kirby weren’t troubling us, in fact they were better with 10 as many teams are after a red. ”All round the team performed brilliantly and I’m really happy with all the boys, we train and move onto Saturday away in the FA Vase, where hopefully we can progress and get closer to Wembley!!”
Source: Coventry MAD