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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sat Nov 24, 2018 10:13 am

Coventry City Vs Peterborough United


So it was Good Friday, no need to tell me working at Amazon we shifted enough products to keep other British and European warehouses stocked up. After the shift it was a cycle home, get something to eat and cycle to the Ricoh for the game. It was also announced that City didn’t have an option of playing anywhere else and the Football League said ground share was out of the question. On to the game and MR kept an unchanged side after the Burton game (which I missed because of Black Friday) the line up was Burge in goal, Grimmer, Willis, Hyam and Brown at the back, Hiwula, Doyle, Bayliss and Thomas in midfield an Chaplin and Clarke-Harris up front. Tonight we were facing Nasty Steve Evans’ Peterborough.

As true to form a Steve Evans’ team was physically big but it was City who won the first corner that came to nothing. The Posh were pressing City and sometimes the passing game can come unstuck as City lost the ball and United swept forward for a great chance but Grimmer raced in for a great block tackle to prevent a shot. Thomas, as normal with City looked the main danger as he had a shot blocked. Then Grimmer did well to get behind his fullback and put in a cross that was cleared. At the other end Toney, the man with a bun on his head, his hairstyle looked like that anyway, had their first shot but it went well wide. City’s approach play was good but the shooting was pretty poor as Bayliss fired high. United have only lost on the road in the League once this season and it easy to see wide, defend well and get the ball forward to some good players but thankfully their shooting was almost as poor as City’s as Burge had an easy catch from a shot. At the other end another good move saw Hiwula shoot wide before Bayliss had a shot blocked. JCH was working hard up front winning most of his headers. JCH then had a shot on target as the game was even with City looking the better side but the visitors looking the more dangerous. A Peterborough player, Tafazoli was first into the book for a foul but somehow Toney escaped minutes later with a similar foul on Bayliss. On the half hour mark Burge was forced into a good save blocking at his near post and a minute later Hiwula again drove wide after a good move. The away side were looking increasingly dangerous but their finishing was poor or Burge was there to stop them. Chaplin got into the book for something only the ref saw. The away side came close again as Burge was forced to punch under pressure and in the scramble came out to push the ball away from a visiting player. Our main dangers still came from Thomas and Bayliss but Hiwula and Chaplin were looking poor. Half time no goals.

In the second half Peterborough won a corner but City counter attacked leaving Thomas running half the length of the pitch but he fired just wide of the keeper’s left hand post. Another player for Peterborough went into the book as Clarke-Harris was brought down. The forward then fired wide before a penalty appeal as it was claimed Thomas was pushed in the box. City now were playing a lot better but lacked the killer ball or overplayed things too much. The ref then stopped the game and to the delight of the home went over and showed Steve Evans a yellow card for being Steve Evans, who spent the game shouting at the officials from the touchline disputing every decision. Their forward Toney then had two efforts go well wide as both teams found it hard to get shots on target. MR then finally made a sub taking off Hiwula, who was poor and bringing on Jones. Then Thomas accidentally collided with a Peterborough play and with both down the ref continued with the game as the ball went to Jones he twisted and went to ground holding his knee. We all feared the worse but Jones walked off and was replaced by Bakayoko. Ivan Toney then missed a sitter before Grimmer found room and fired in a goal-bound effort that was blocked by a defender. With the fans around me saying a point wouldn’t be too bad, Doyle gave the ball away and Toney was played in, this time there was no mistake as he beat Burge to give them the lead and all three points at the death or so we thought, straight from the kick off Brown got the ball and played it long to Bakayoko, Chaplin went for his knock-on forcing a poor clearance, the ball went back to Bakayoko who coolly lobed it back in the centre of the area were Chapin was waiting to drive it home for a goal and parity. City now looked for a winner but Bayliss fired high before we saw out two corners and settled for a point.

Man of the match
1st Luke Thomas: Running away with Player of the Season
2nd Jonson Clarke-Harris Worked hard up front
3rd Tom Bayliss: His best game for a while.



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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Nov 11, 2018 9:22 am

Walsall Vs Coventry City


A short trip for the F.A Cup and 55 minutes after pulling out of my garage I park up near Walsall’s ground. We had a change in formation for this game as the manager went for 4-5-1. In goal Burge, in defence was Thompson, Willis, Hyam and the returning Mason, in midfield we had, Shipley, Doyle, Ogogo, Thomas and former Walsall player Hiwula with Clarke-Harris up front.

The City fans outnumbered the home fans as the game got underway after a minutes silence for Armistice Day. The Sky Blues started well when Shipley played in Clarke-Harris, I was willing him to shot as he ran towards the area but delayed and a defender got the ball off him, minutes later a similar story as Clarke-Harris had a chance but delayed his shot. Shipley then got a shot on target. City were looking on top with JCH looking dangerous and Ogogo and Doyle controlling midfield so it came as a shock when in their first attack they scored when they were given too much room in defence allowing Cook to beat Burge to give them the lead. City almost made the perfect reply as Clarke-Harris forced a save from their keeper. It was still mostly City as Ogogo had a shot. At the other end Walsall went down the wing and Thompson tried to deal with it but the ball bounced so he tried to head it back to Burge but he under hit it and Ginnelly nipped in and beat Burge it was a bad goal to concede and again the Walsall players goaded the City fans behind the goal cupping their ears. We were socked two bad pieces of defending gave them a two goal lead. Minutes later their keeper cleared a ball but JCH stuck his leg out and blocked it outside the area this gave him a free run in on goal and as I was saying “he must score”, he did and City were back in the game. One lad aged about ten was dragged off the pitch by the stewards and taken away! Walsall were all too happy to hit the deck and get away with it. City still looking the better side saw the half out with only a goal behind.

City started the better in the second half with Thomas having a shot blocked and Hiwula going down in the area with appeals for a penalty. Ten minutes into the half JCH did well in the build up as the ball fell to Thomas he hit it first time and that beat the keeper to make it 2-2. City fans invaded the pitch and Thomas ran cupping both his ears mocking the Walsall’s player’s celebrations. Just before kick off the ref incredibly booked Thomas like it was his fault the fans got onto the pitch. The P.A announced the game could be abandoned if any more fans got onto the pitch. Shipley soon joined Thomas in the book but this time it was a worthy yellow card. The Saddlers responded well to the leveller and one header looked harmless until it dipped and hit Burge’s bar. The boss then made a double swap replacing Thomas and Ogogo with Jones and Bayliss. City seemed to have lost the way after the goal but kept level when somehow Burge kept a shot out and a mad scramble City players managed to keep it level. With 13 minutes left it was Hiwula who gave the ball away, Walsall attacked leaving Devlin to finish well to give them the lead back. City struggled to get the ball as Walsall time-wasted at every opportunity including every time they won a throw in one of their players threw the ball into the crowd and got away with it. Chaplin came on to replace Shipley. Finally a Walsall player was booked for time wasting but City could mount any serious attack and the F.A Cup run ended early this season.

Back there in a couple of weeks for a far more important game.

Man of the Match
1st: Jonson Clarke-Harris: Caused trouble all day
2nd: Michael Doyle: Only four players have played more F.A Cup games for City then him
3rd Luke Thomas: Scored a good goal
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:18 am

Coventry City Vs Accrington Stanley

Tuesday, I was off, Thursday we were in work for Saturday but an announcement the next day, Friday we were still in work, 75 minutes before the end of the day coming in Saturday was voluntary, so I said “no thanks”.

It was a very mild day for November as I made my way to the ground. Today we were facing last season’s League Two champs that did the double over us with two narrow victories were they looked by far the better side. One big difference between the two sides is, somehow they kept their top soccer Billy Kee whilst ours McNulty had left the club despite Kee scoring more league goals. With two players out from the winning run MR was forced into changes in came Abu Ogogo in midfield and making his first league start was Jordan Thompson playing at right back. The rest of the team was in goal Burge, with Brown, Davies and Willis making up the rest of the defence, Hiwula, Doyle and Thomas the rest of midfield and Clarke-Harris and Chaplin up front. Another five-figure crowd come to see if City could win six league games in a row in a single season for the first time ever. Stanley were above City on goals scored only so it looked close.

We haven’t got the monopoly on players called Jordan, as their one called Clarke, but not the one that played for us, went close after eleven minutes. Willis was next to have a chance but header over. It was pretty even stuff with City, maybe just shading it. One good attack saw the ball come in from Thomas and Chaplin looped in a header, their keeper had to back-peddle but managed to push the ball over the bar. Michael Doyle was then hacked down but no action taken by the ref in game that on the whole was played fairly by both sides. With both sides looking solid suddenly there was slip up in the City defence and Clarke had a free shot but clipped the crossbar when he should have scored. One of our own Jordans (Thompson) wasn’t looking out of place despite being our 3rd choice right back. Luke Thomas was starting to get more into the game and one of their players was lucky not to be booked when he tried to bust through the centre. Half time came with no goals in a game where the first to score would in all likelihood win the game.

The second half Stanley stepped up a gear and pushed City back; pretty soon it was a siege and reminded me of the Doncaster game without the two goal cushion. They won a series of corners as City struggled to get out of our own half. Burge did well to come off his line on a couple of occasions as the defence was holding firm with Brown winning the ball against a far taller opponent. Burge pulled off a good save from Kee was the pressure mounted. It was almost inevitable that Stanley would score and it came in the 56th minute when Zanzala got the ball in the area and beat Burge, it was very similar to the goal we conceded against Doncaster. As often when teams score they tend to sit back more, this allowed City to go forward and Thomas almost replied immediately forcing the keeper into a save. It was now more City but Stanley were defending well. Watching Accrington play must be like other teams watching City, very similar sides. The crowd were now getting behind City more as we pushed on and Thomas forced the keeper into another save. Finally some subs were sent on, off came Chaplin after a disappointing game and on came Jones, Hiwula switched up front, next was a surprising move with one holding midfielder replacing another as Kelly came on for Ogogo. City were still knocking on the door as Hiwula had a shot deflected over the bar. To be fair Kelly made a difference as he gave City more control of midfield. Doyle wasn’t having the best of games giving the ball away with some sloppy passing. Fans wanted Bakayoko on but the manager rarely uses all three subs. City kept plugging away into the last ten minutes but Accrington looked like they would hold out until three minutes of normal time left when Jones cut in and fired in a shot, their keeper parried it and of all people Doyle was first to the ball to tap home for his 24th league goal for the team. Now the game could go either way as Clarke-Harris had a shot blocked and Burge did well to keep out a shot and we were happy to settle for a point, an improvement on last season’s encounters with them.

Man of the match
1st Luke Thomas: Constant danger
2nd Junior Brown: Played well
3rd Lee Burge: Important saves.



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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Oct 28, 2018 9:29 am

Coventry City Vs Doncaster Rovers


So on a wet day I turned up to see if City could record our fifth straight league win in a row in a single season which would make it a joint best record. Today’s team was in goal Burge with Sterling, Willis, Davies and Brown at the back, Thomas, Doyle, Bayliss and Hiwula in midfield leaving Clarke-Harris and Chaplin up front. Doncaster came to the game just one place above the Sky Blues.

The crowds are slowly increasing at the ground as just over 11,000 turned up to see the game and the first action saw Doyle having a shot pushed over the bar. Doncaster had their first shot on target but a simple catch for Burge. The ref got his book out for the first time and booked Herbie Kane of Rovers for kicking the ball away after a throw in that City should have taken apart from that the game was played in a good spirit from both teams. City have started to gain a reputation from being dangerous from set-plays and we nearly got another one as Doyle aimed in a corner and Davies got his head to it only for their keeper, Marosi to pull off a great save to keep the scores level. After twenty minutes City won a free kick that Doyle sent in but the ball wasn’t cleared too far and Hiwula latched on to it to swept it into the net to give us the lead and put him top goal scorer in all competitions. Amazingly it was our first league goal scored at home in the first half this season. Now Doncaster started to get their foot on the ball and pass it around but City were as normal looking organised and were refusing to let them have too much time on the ball with everybody working hard. City still looked dangerous on the break as Clarke-Harris had a shot on target. Rovers were looking a good side but were struggling to break City down meanwhile City looked more likely to score as Thomas had a shot on target. They went close but City should have made it two when a corner came over and Willis had a chance but missed from close in. It was then Clarke-Harris’ turn to put one wide. City had another corner and it was deflected out to Thomas outside the area the loan player found a place before blasting it past the keeper for a well deserved first goal for the club, he raced straight over to Mark Robins to celebrate. Half time City two up and looking good.

The second half saw almost total dominance by Doncaster as they kept the ball and tried to pick their way through the defence but everyone was working hard with Willis and Davies winning things at the back but Brown seemed the most likely to make a slip up. City were looking comfortable at so Doncaster made a double substitution followed by City going more defensive by taking off Bayliss and replacing him with Kelly. After surviving two corners a ball was played into the City area and Wright first touch was good leaving him room to fire past Burge to get us all nervous again. City them seemed to sit even deeper as Chaplin went off and was replaced by Jones. It was attack vs. defence, could City hold out? City always looked dangerous on the counter attack and in one such attack Jones fired over. Then MR decided to “shut up shop” by replacing Hiwula with Ogogo, giving City little way back if they scored. It nearly all being Rovers it was a good game as City messed up a couple of counter attacks. Willis then forced the keeper into a save before the game entered injury time in the last seconds Burge pulled off a save but the ball was directed back towards an empty net before Brown appeared and hacked the ball off the line to secure the magical 5th league win in a row.

Man of the match
1st Jordan Willis: Won everything at the back
2nd Luke Thomas: Worked hard down the wing and finally scored
3rd Michael Doyle: The very type of player we needed in this game


Sadly this will be my last Saturday game until December as we have to work an extra day at work. Seven weeks ago I got a job at Amazon warehouse in Coventry and they set Saturday as the compulsory overtime for my shift despite me trying to change to Sunday.





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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:05 am

Bradford City Vs Coventry City


When it dawned on me a week or so ago I have never seen us win at Bradford I decided to take a day off work to witness this. With only Kev and myself going from the normal crowd it was decided to take what I call the “booze cruise”. A coach that stops off at a town so we can have a drink or two we stopped in the Carding Capitol of the World, Cleckheaton and had unlimited refills for two cups of coffee for £2.50. We arrived at Valley Parade and was housed in a different stand from normal. The end stand that was always uncomfortably too small when going to the loo or queuing for a drink was not open and we were in the better section of the side stand that I accidentally entered once when it was full of Bradford fans!. This game was a real banana skin as Bradford sat one from bottom of League One and had to be the worst Bradford team I have seen us play. The team news was in goal Burge, with Sterling, Hyam, Davies and Brown at the back, Chaplin and Clarke-Harris up front with Thomas, Bayliss and former Bradford player Hiwula in midfield.

City won a corner in the opening minute and Doyle swung it deep into the area, it was headed back and flicked on by Hiwula and straight to Clarke-Harris who nodded home for a first minute goal rather than a late one, a great start and a blow to Bradford. City kept the momentum going and after eight minutes a cross went in and Clarke-Harris again got free of his marker and it looked a certain goal until their keeper, O’Donnell pulled off a brilliant save pushing the ball onto the post resulting in JCH shaking the keeper’s hand for the save. The home side looked extremely poor against a City defence some could argue was missing three first team players. City kept going forward until Hiwula was brought down on the edge of the box, up stepped Chaplin to swerve the ball over the wall and into the net for two-nil. We couldn’t believe what was going on City were steamrollering the opposition. Bradford tried to hit back but City were working hard as the home team claimed for a penalty but Chaplin’s sliding tackle was clearly on the ball but a minute later it was a closer call for a Brown tackle. City were more than happy to sit back and soak up the pressure or the little a poor Bantams side could produce. It took the half an hour to get a shot on target but straight at Burge from distance. At the other end they were struggling to contain Clarke-Harris as he got a header on target. The best move of the night so far was started by Burge and ended when Sterling break through and smacked a shot across the goal. The Bradford defender was booked for another foul this time on Thomas. The home side applied pressure near the end of the 1st half winning a free kick that was cleared over the bar by a City defender before the ref blew for the interval.

City started the second half with a corner from Doyle that had so much curve on it; it almost crept in off the far post. City fans, not surprisingly were in good voice with a long rendition of “CCFC the team for me”. City continued to coast the game as Clarke-Harris again got a header in that the keeper did well to keep out with his foot. Davies then went into the book as he stopped a break-a-way. Just after the hour mark the ball was played into the area and defender O’Connor got a touch to it this was enough to send it over Burge and to put them back in the game. Hiwula had a shot go wide before Bayliss also went into the ref’s notebook. Then with Bradford pushing on City caught them with a sucker-punch with Chaplin playing a great ball to release Hiwula down the left, the player raced into the box and slide the ball past the keeper for 3-1. “He left you because you are s*it” we sang to the Bradford fans, which is a bit harsh because he was only there on loan. That was the player’s last contribution to the game as he was replaced by Jones. Bradford went forward again when Miller clearly dived past Brown; normally refs wave play on or do nothing but this ref rightly booked the player for diving. Then it got better as Thomas passed to Bayliss and the midfielder ran at them and kept going until he picked out the bottom corner of the net for 4-1, very similar to a goal he scored at Notts County. The Bradford started to leave en masse resulting in some fans singing “is there a fire drill”, the only ground were that song is unacceptable the fans realised this and stopped singing it. Our manager, Mark Robins doesn’t seem to like players scoring because Bayliss was the next sub and was replaced by Kelly. With only twelve minutes to go Bradford had a free kick and it was delivered into the area and O’Connor connected with a great shot to knock the ball off the underside of the crossbar to make it 4-2. Jones had one saved before another Bradford player went into the book for a bad foul. With two minutes left a long throw came into the area and was flicked on, Miller threw himself at it to knock the ball in for 4-3 or so we thought, the ref immediately showed him his second yellow card and he was off. Mass protest from the Bradford players, one was booked for descent but the ref was pointing at his arm indicating the player used that to score. City won another free kick late on and Chaplin sent it over the wall again but this time the keeper got to it. The game ended and we could celebrate our first win at Valley Parade since 1959.

Would have been a perfect night if a good section of the M1 wasn’t closed and we got home an hour later than normal.

Man of the match
1st Jonson Clarke-Harris: Led the line well all night, could have had a hat trick
2nd Connor Chaplin: Worked hard a goal and an assist
3rd Jordy Hiwula: Getting better all the time



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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Oct 21, 2018 9:54 am

Southend United Vs Coventry City


A long distance trip to Essex started off with our traditional breakfast in Lutterworth. A trouble-free trip down saw us arrive in bright and warm sun more like the start of the season than late October. The side was unchanged from the last game with Burge in goal, Sterling, Willis, Davies and Brown at the back, Thomas, Doyle, Bayliss and Hiwula in midfield with Chaplin and Clarke-Harris up front.

A good following the old fashioned barrel shaped roof at least it kept the sun out of our eyes. The Sprimpers got the first shot on target but no trouble for Burge. City got going and won a corner, Doyle took it and it was met by Davies who headed towards goal, the players celebrated but the game went on. The players surrounded the ref claiming the ball crossed the line. It was hard to tell for us from the other end but the ref went over to the linesman but again he didn’t see it. The players thought it was over so did Radio Essex but with no goal line technology it seemed we was robbed and Doyle was booked for protesting. This fired up City and the Sky Blues went forward. City soon won another corner and Doyle took it, he found Clarke-Harris who put the ball in and Hiwula was on hand to poke it home for his first league goal. Southend who are unbeaten in the last five games responded by keeping the ball and passing it well but the defence was solid and they were struggling to break us down. Later a fan on Essex Radio complained that “Coventry came here to win whilst we (Southend) had a negative formation”. Coker went into the book seconds before Davies slid into a challenge that the United players wanted a red card for. Still it was City that looked the more dangerous as Clarke-Harris headed over before Thomas had a shot as well. City were happy to defend and hit them on the break and made it to half time with no trouble.

Second half City attacked the away end in the second half. Thomas was first to have a shot but somehow their keeper Oxley, kept it out. There seemed to be no danger from Southend but we still needed a second goal. Davies then went into the book before Hopper came on for the home side. It was the sub that finally made the breakthrough with a good run into the box and beating Burge with a low angled drive. Now the home side were back into the game and their fans woke up. City could have responded quickly as Clarke-Harris was in the box but couldn’t get his shot away before Chaplin fired it into the side netting. The home side’s number 10, Cox picked up a yellow card before a surprising change as Shipley replaced Hiwula. At the other end Simon Cox fouled again and the ref showed him his second yellow card and he was off. Now Southend decided to shut up shop to go for the draw. City exploited the superior numbers and Sterling knocked in a great cross, Shipley threw himself at it connecting with a diving header but the keeper must have got something on it and put it out for a corner. With six minutes to go another surprising substitution as off went Chaplin, who had a poor game but was replaced by Jones, was City only going one up front against ten men? City kept the pressure up winning some corners before Bakayoko replaced Clarke-Harris with a minute to go. Into injury time and Bayliss picked out Jones with a good pass to Jones he stepped inside and had shot in the area the ball took a deflection or tow before rolling past the keeper to give City yet another late goal. Now Southend threw everything forward and won a free kick near the area the ball was played in and City cleared for a corner. The set piece came in and was deflected straight to their keeper but thankfully like last week the keeper blazed the ball over the bar and City won.


Man of the Match
1st Tom Davies: Solid at the back and should have had a goal to his credit as well
2nd Luke Thomas: A handful
3rd Jordy Hiwula: Finally a league goal

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Oct 14, 2018 10:04 am

Coventry City Vs Wycombe Wanderers


A day after yet another court defeat for Sisu we had a game at the Ricoh. The visitors were a team we did the double over last season, Wycombe Wanderers. The secret to our success last season was to nullify the man-mountain Akinfenwa, leading their attack. It was a surprisingly mild day as only one change as made to the starting line-up. The full team was in goal Burge with Sterling, Willis, Davies and Brown at the back, Hiwula, Doyle, Bayliss and Thomas in midfield with Clarke-Harris and Chaplin up front. Wanderers had former City keeper Ryan Allsop in goal who looked a very poor keeper in his time at City until he was replaced by a young Lee Burge in goal.

Another 10,000+ crowd saw the game get underway in blustery conditions. The good numbers that came from High Wycombe seemed to prefer to cram into the first couple of rows at their end forcing the P.A system to tell them to take up their own seats “one supporter per seat” it blurted out. The game got underway as City tried to pass the ball whilst Wanderers looked for the big man up front. The first real chance fell to Clarke-Harris after 18 minutes heading a Thomas cross straight to their keeper. The game was pretty level when Hiwula got a run cut in and fired a shot on target but Allsop pulled off a great save tipping the ball over the bar. Wycombe then were forced into a change as one of their players was injured and was replaced by former City midfielder Bryn Morris a player who played 7 games for us in 2015 and not very well. City were doing well at the back with Davies and Willis trying to keep Akinfenwa and Mackail-Smith quiet. City kept the ball moving whilst Wycombe did their best to slow up play something a very poor referee let them get away with. City had another great chance as the ball was pinged into the box and Chaplin, the little forward turned well and got a good shot off into the bottom corner but Allsop got down well and pulled off another good save. Davies wasn’t just defending he also started a few attacks. Clarke-Harris had a shot blocked before Burge was forced into his first real save diving to his left to push a shot around the post. As the half got towards the end the half the referee waved at Allsop to telling to hurry up with his goal kicks. The half ended with Burge saving from Mackail-Smith but no goals for City at home in the league for the eight game in a row stretching back to last season.

City looked better in the second half as Wanderers seemed happy to sit back and try to get the ball up to Akinfenwa whenever possible the trouble was he was being well marshalled and any balls he knocked down were being swept up by the defence. Hiwula was causing all sort of problems out wide and ten minutes into the half cut in but blasted his shot over the bar minutes later he did the same again. City now were pressing the visitors back and in one penalty box scramble the fans appealed for a penalty as a Wycombe defender on all fours seemed to have made contact with the ball with his hand. It was then Thomas turned to have a go but instead of shooting he tried to thread the ball through a sea of legs and it was cleared. The referee’s performance was annoying many as the calls for Bakayoko started. The ref finally produced a yellow cad for a Wycombe player after he upended Chaplin. City then had another chance as the ball fell to Hiwula but instead of swinging his foot at it he passed the chance went, City players were guilty of bad decision making in the area maybe a sign of low confidence. It was Clarke-Harris’ turn then to put one wide as the fans were getting frustrated but still backing the team. Thomas and a Wycombe player were both booked for some shoving. Then we had an incident that drives all fans mad, City won a free kick and yet again a Wycombe player got the ball to stop City taking it, Davies grabbed the ball and their player threw himself to the ground holding his face, the referee who didn’t see what went on had a trot over to his assistant, after chat we all feared a red card for Davies in what looked like a blatant piece of cheating but the linesman saw exactly what went on and took no action, a yellow cad to the Wycombe player for cheating would have been nice. The game was moving on and Wanderers’ tactics of spoiling the game and come for a point seemed to be working as we wanted changes to be made. Into the last ten minutes and Sterling went on the run down the right, he checked inside and then outside again keeping the ball as his marker followed him, near the box he stopped so did his marker before moving again giving him some extra space before knocking in a cross and on the other end Chaplin leapt to head past Allsop to give City a well deserved lead, the players raced over to Dujon to celebrate his assist. JCH had a shot on target as City tried to finish them off. Morris was booked before the manager made a double substitution taking off Bayliss and Hiwula and bringing on Kelly and Bakayoko. Wycombe pushed forward and won a late corner, Allsop raced forward to join the attack; I thought “old players always scored against their old teams” as the set piece fell his way, unmarked he thankfully blasted over the bar. The referee blew up for full time seconds later and we had back-to-back wins.

Man of the Match
1st Tom Davies: Outstanding at the back
2nd Jordan Willis: Yet again solid
3rd: Jordy Hiwula: If he gets his confidence he will score a hatful of goals.



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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:00 pm

Coventry City Vs Forest Green Rovers


After another full day at work I made my way for the 2nd group game of this season’s Check-a-Trade Trophy. After losing to the Arsenal kids we needed a result tonight against a Forest Green Rovers side that did the double over us last season. Mark Robins made ten changes to the last side but no one was complaining despite the £11 match fee. In goal was O’Brien; in defence was a returning Mason and Hyam along with Morgan Williams a player we signed from Mickleover Sports and Jordan Thompson. In midfield we had youth team graduate Jak Hickman, and the far more established Kelly, Ogogo and Hiwula leaving Andreu (apparently now pronounced Andrew) and Bakayoko. Meanwhile FGR made eight changes but did include Farrend Rawson who played 14 times for us on loan a few seasons back.

FGR are unbeaten in League Two at the moment and reflected that with a following of 80 fans officially but more like half that number. After winning this competition once none of us was that bothered about tonight’s game but after two minutes Hickman played in Hiwula and he curled the ball past their keeper to register his first goal for the club. FGR were not looking too bad with some good passing but they were finding hard to break down the City defence as O’Brien had nothing to do in goal, Hyam made a good clearance or two as the game went on. At the other end Hickman who may have been playing in a back five, was getting forward well as the entertainment on the field was pretty non existent and it had all the feel of a reserves fixture which it was (they should let fans in for free). Rawson, who was sent off in his last game then knocked O’Brien to the ground challenging for the ball before minutes later the keeper had to be quick off his line to close down a forward who fired wide. Half time no more drama.

The second half saw City attacking the “Jimmy Hill” stand and City looked better from the start with Hiwula blazing over. Then a good move saw Bakayoko blast into the side netting. The game was ambling along in the same manager with FGR using the ball well but without look like they could test O’Brien and City improving especially when the ball got to Hiwula out wide and he had the beating of his full back. MR decided to make some changes off went Mason Williams who looks now ready to return to the 1st team squad and on came Chris Camwell for his 5th game for the club in all competitions but the first from the bench, minutes later Hickman went off and was replaced by Jack Burroughs who became the first Millennium (born after 1999) to play for City. The Sky Blues still had chances to kill the game off when a good move saw the ball knocked back to Andreu but he fired high and wide. City were made to pay for the missed chances when a player got to the ball from a free kick to head past O’Brien to level things up. The game came to life a bit after that as both teams looked for a winner as Hiwula was looking more and more dangerous. A final sub was then used as Dexter Walter, a winger we got from Tamworth came on, and he had one real good run beating two or three players before being fouled. This time there was no late drama as the ref blew for full time.

Some fans didn’t realise drawn games are settled with penalties. FGR won the toss and decided to use the goal near were their fans were. The last team City took part in a penalty shoot out in this competition, O’Brien was in goal and we won, at Walsall. One thing has changes since then is the penalty shoot-out system, then we used the A-B-B-A method but that was a little too complicated so we have gone back to the straight forward A-B-A-B system.

Jordy Hiwula took the first kick putting to the keeper’s right but Montgomery in the Forest goal guessed right and saved it, not a great start 0-0.

Next up was Worthington who put it to O’Brien’s right; the trouble was he put it to the right of the post as well 0-0. “We might be here all night”, Paul said.

Bakayoko was next up and he made no mistake 1-0.

Williams then stepped up but O’Brien got it right and pulled off a good save as the ball was smacked down the middle, 1-0.

Chris Camwell stepped up and buried the ball in the top corner of the net 2-0.

The amusingly name Grubb, was next up and he showed his hunger by scoring but O’Brien got his hand to it and almost stopped it. 2-1

Liam Kelly made no mistake from the spot 3-1

Archibald was next if he failed to score City would win but it was not to be as he sent O’Brien the wrong way 3-2

Hyam stepped up to convert and to win the game for City.

We probably need to beat Cheltenham away in the 90 minutes to progress.

Man of the match
1st: Jordy Hiwula: No doubt he was the best player
2nd Jak Hickman: Had a good game
3rd Dominic Hyman: Solid



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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:13 am

Charlton Athletic Vs Coventry City


It was a wet day as I walked to the train station to join Kev and Rach for the rail journey down to South East London. An hour later we arrived at Euston. Waiting for us there was the Sitton Brothers who were making their annual trip to watch the City and I had their tickets for them. We ignored a pub and had a drink in a coffee place before catching the tube and train to reach Charlton. It was still raining but thankfully The Valley is fully covered and a short walk to the ground so we didn’t get too wet. The team news was Junior Brown was back thanks to the Sunderland game kicking off before 3 so his mandatory week out for concussion was over. The rest of the team was Burge in goal, Willis, Davies and Sterling making up the rest of the defence. In midfield we had Bayliss, Doyle, Kelly and Thomas, up front was Clarke-Harris and Chaplin.

City attacked the far end in the first half City won an early corner before Thomas put one wide. Athletic were soon looking like a good side lead by the pinked hair Lyle Taylor the forward dyed his hair as he is supporting a cancer charity. The game went on then a great chance for the home side as Burge was beaten but Davies somehow blocked it going in and cleared it. At the other end City had a real chance as the ball was played into Chaplin in the box, his first touch was excellent but his turn and shot wasn’t as he knocked it wide. City were defending well as Charlton were pressuring. The forwards seemed isolated up front before JCH got his first meaningful touch after 20 minutes. A couple of minutes later Kelly went into the book for an earlier foul after a good referee played an advantage. The game continued with City looking solid. The entered injury time were there shouldn’t have been much but forty seconds in Taylor got past Brown, admittedly by grabbing the defender’s shirt and got past, Junior slide in and brought the player down no doubt about the penalty. Taylor took it sending Burge the wrong way to give the home side the lead.

Erik and Neils thought the team lacked passion at half time and Bayliss kept cutting in leaving his flank exposed.

Second half City attacked the mass ranks in the away end. Twist and Shout was booming out from the stand which Charlton later admitted they were enjoying. Nothing was happening so the manager made a double change off went Kelly and Clarke-Harris and on came Hiwula and Bakayoko. The big forward first action was to get a header on target. City were looking a lot better as the ball broke to Bakayoko and he fired a shot on target that was blocked by a defender. The singing was still continuing as Bayliss got a shot on target, “we’ve had a shot on goal”, sang the City fans. This was followed by “1-0 down and we’re still singing”. Taylor was still a handful up front but Davies was doing his best to keep tabs on him keeping City in the game, Burge too was doing well coming off his line and some good punching of the ball. Davies even had an attempt before Bayliss now in the middle had a couple of long range shots. We entered the last ten minutes with City playing better. Then a minute later Sterling got wide and crossed to Hiwula but the player missed a swing at the ball but missed the ball got to Thomas who got beyond his player and drove in a ball and Bakayoko was first to the ball and stabbed it home, we couldn’t believe it and went mad in the stands. Bakayoko blew kisses to the away fans as a celebration. We would definitely settle for a point here. This brought Charlton back to life as Taylor forced Burge into a save before they put one wide with a diving header. A clearly spent Thomas was taken off and replaced by Shipley to see out the game. Three minutes were added on when City attacked down the left, Brown advanced forward and picked out Chaplin, wide, the forward whipped in a great cross and Bakayoko threw himself at it and before he got to the ball the fans were jumping as we could see what was to happen he met it with a great diving header to score the winner, the away end exploded with people being pushed and shoved all over the place, I got hold of Kev to stop him flying too the floor as Bakayoko attempted to get in the other side of the stand to celebrate was well. We saw out the injury time to a memorable win.

The team came over to celebrate at the final whistle lead by Shipley. We couldn’t quite believe we won that one as Charlton fans could believe they lost it. At the station the song to the tune of Sing Hosanna “Give me 20 goals, Bakayoko, playing football in the off-side way” but no second chorus! Got home for 8.30 after a good day out, The Sitton Brothers due to reach home 10 in the morning on Sunday, they are nearly home now.


Man of the match
1st Amadou Bakayoko: What an impact
2nd Tom Davies: Great defending
3rd Lee Burge: Commanded his box


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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:35 am

Coventry City Vs Portsmouth

This, for me was a long day starting at about 6.50 a cycle to work at Amazon, ten and a half hour shift, cycle home, some thing to eat before biking it to the ground for the game. Good job I live not too far from work and the Ricoh. Pompey were top and unbeaten our third tough home game in a row. The line up was Burge in goal, recovering from being hit by a puck watching an ice hockey game and moved to 17th place in the all time appearances for a City keeper, Willis, ex-Pompey Davies, ex-Pompey Hyam, Sterling, in midfield were Thomas, ex-Pompey Doyle, Bayliss and Shipley, with Andreu supporting Clarke-Harris up front. Pompey’s manager Kenny Jacket refused us permission for us to play Chaplin and no one could really blame him for this.

Portsmouth started with several long ball before the game settled down and missed the first good chance of the game when Close went nowhere near side-footing a chance wide of Burge’s goal. Davies then raided up field but lost possession and Sterling tripped the player trying to break free, no complaints about the yellow card. Minutes later the card was in uproar when Thomas was flattened with a bad tackle from Naylor the player eventually picking up a card from the referee but from were we were it was hard to see if he booked him at all. City then worked the ball well as Andreu had a chance to blast one, instead he played in JCH had a shot saved as the game was pretty even then Burge save a standard shot at the other end. With the game meandering on suddenly there was a chance as the Portsmouth defenders dithered Clarke-Harris took the opportunity to race on goal but his shot was blocked by their keeper. The game lacked any real excitement as both teams defended well but near the end of the first half a loose ball from Shipley found Doyle in trouble, he lost the ball and it was switched to the edge of the area were Curtis curled it home.

Second half we made a surprising substitution as Hyam went off, Willis switched to the centre and Jordan Thompson came on to make the Jordan count up to three. Hyam meanwhile had concussion. City conceded an early corner but defended it and broke, Thomas had the ball and was threatening to go clear before he was hacked down and Evans was booked. The Derby loanee seemed to be City’s biggest danger as Andreu and Shipley were not having the best of games. Ten minutes into the game it was no surprise when Jones came on and replaced Shipley. Jodi got straight into the action getting a few shots away. Portsmouth were now defending deep and I could see why they are top. Sterling then fouled a player and the glove wearing Pompey winger tried to get him sent off. Final change was made as Hiwula, who I though should have started replaced Andreu. Another Portsmouth player went into the book for another bad foul was City tried in vain to break them down. The leaders were always dangerous on the break with City pushing forward but failed to take advantage. In injury time City won a free kick and Doyle swung it in, Thompson got a shot on target that was saved by the keeper before a mad scramble saw the ball cleared. The ref then blew for full time.

Man of the Match
1st Luke Thomas: Ran at them all night
2nd Jordan Willis: Player of the season so far
3rd Tom Davies: Did well against his old team



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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 30, 2018 9:43 am

Coventry City Vs Sunderland


It has been a while since I can remember such hype in a build up to a league game as this. Despite the early kick off vast hoards of Sunderland fans made the long trip (to them it might be a medium distance trip) boosting the home crowd. MR decided to keep Sterling in the line up and recall Bayliss from injury whilst Burge drew level with the great Reg Matthews in the number of games for City, the rest of the side was Willis, Hyam and Brown at the back, Shipley, Doyle and Thomas in midfield with Clarke-Harris and Chaplin up front. The main team news however was Jodi Jones was back in the squad. For Sunderland had two ex loan players who had contrasting fortunes at City the never to be forgotten Chris Maguire and lets all try to forget Dylan McGeough. The Memorial Garden was boarded up near where I park my bike as threats on social media by so-called Sunderland fans saying they were out to wreck it. The only violence I saw before the game was in the warm up when Chaplin miss hit a shot on goal and the ball smacked into a Sunderland fan the forward went over to see if she was alright.

The game was only a couple of minutes old when Sunderland were forced into a change as a player went down injured. Sunderland have, by far the biggest budget in League One and are firm favourites for promotion. They went forward after eight minutes but Hyam seemed to win the ball near the box, not according to the ref who said it as a foul and booked the defender. The big problem now was it was in shooting range of Maguire the player that scored with two free kicks on his City debut lined up a shot curled around the wall and with Burge beaten the ball cannon off the post and straight to an unmarked Honeyman who had an empty net to fire in but he took the shot first time and put it over the bar. The game was pretty even as City won a corner, it was delivered and both Brown and Clarke-Harris went for it with their head, not surprisingly Brown came off the worse and had to be taken off. Willis switched to right back, Sterling to left and on came Davies to fill the gap. The game got under way again with JCH firing at the keeper as the big forward was proving to be a real handful for the Sunderland defence. The game was competitive as Sunderland won a series of corners all dealt with by the defence. Some were a little too competitive as Cattermole clattered in and somehow avoided a yellow card for a reckless challenge but minutes later he was in the book when the referee dared not to give a decision in Sunderland’s favour. Not much was happening in front of goal but we then had the third enforced change as Sunderland took another player off through injury, three players off none the fault of the opposition. The crowd around me seemed to be making an effort to back Sterling. The game went on with Willis defending well and JCH winning most of his headers as we had eight minutes of injury time which seemed about right. Half time no goals City fans pleased with the performance so far.


Sunderland attacked the end where their fans were in the second half and four minutes into it a ball went across the area and Cattermole was left unmarked and he swept the ball past Burge to give his side the lead. City hit back as Thomas got a header on target before Maguire had a shot blocked. Suddenly the game had come to life but then we should have been level as good work down the left saw JCH slide the ball to Chaplin who had a free shot on target but miss hit his shot and put it wide. Burge saved again. This game could go either way as both teams insisted on playing the ball on the ground as much as possible but it was Clarke-Harris who had the next shot testing the Mackem’s very good keeper before pulling off an even better save from the forward. Bayliss then played a great ball to Thomas who got past the defence but was quickly closed down by their keeper. City kept up the pressure as Sterling ventured forward, he was tackled and the ball ran loose but the Sunderland defenders were not paying attention and Sterling nipped in got the ball back and played in JCH, the forward placed the ball wide of the goal and levelled the game up a very well deserved goal from the forward. Sunderland hit back as a good move saw the ball fall to their number 3, Gooch, he hit a hard drive along the ground that Burge did well to get to and block. Not to be outdone the Sunderland keeper pushed away a long range Chaplin shot. Then in the 77th minute the City fans gave a standing ovation as Jodi Jones returned to action replacing Thomas. It was now all Sunderland as City were struggling to get out of our own half. Then an even better save followed by Burge as the keeper flung himself to his right to keep out a shot and City level. City then should have scored on the counter as Chaplin latched on to a mistake at the back and ran free on goal but again their keeper came out and got a block but the ball was still heading in until a defender got back to clear. Davies had a header over in injury time before the final whistle and we left with mixed emotions a real good performance but a game we could have sneaked.

Man of the Match
1st Johnson Clarke-Harris: Maybe his best game in a City shirt.
2nd Jordan Willis: Excellent as normal
3rd Lee Burge: Some great and vital saves
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 23, 2018 8:42 am

Bristol Rovers Vs Coventry City


A wet day as we travelled down to Bristol in Paul’s car. Now Bristol has many plus points but the parking is horrendous whether it’s City or Rovers there is never anywhere to park. After a drive around and about a mile from the ground we found a hospital and decided to park in the almost unoccupied car park there. After paying and a trudge through the rain we reached the rugby ground pretending to be a football ground. This ground has seven different roofs but not one over the open away terrace so was going to be a wet day. Last time we was here it was Russell Slade’s second game in charge and we lost 4-1, only Burge and Willis survive from that day. The line up news was Bayliss was missing with an injury so the team was Burge in goal, Sterling, Willis, Hyam and Brown with Thomas, Doyle, Kelly and Shipley in midfield with Clarke-Harris and Chaplin up front.

City attacked the far end in the first half and Willis forced a good save from the keeper. From the corner the ball came out to Shipley who blasted the ball toward the top corner but the keeper somehow got across and pulled off the best save I have seen this season. Thomas then put one wide as City were on top. Then against the run of play Rovers attacked Sterling slipped allowing Reilly through and the unmarked played beat Burge. Now Rovers were on top as the very hairy Sinclair had a shot, Burge saved one before Rovers won a free kick it was swung in and Lockyer was left unmarked and it was 2-0. Sterling was taking the anger of quite a few City fans as the kid’s performance wasn’t the best. Minutes later the ball fell to Ollie Clarke and he blasted it home from distance for 3-0, it was like Yeovil all over again. Mood was not great in the pouring rain. City were rocking but started to steady the ship as we tried to get back in the game. Big cheers went up when the ref finally decided to give us a free kick, Doyle swung it in and Hyam was on the end to head home his first goal for the club. The half time whistle went and the goal stopped the team getting the rocket from the fans.

The second half saw Sterling taken out of the firing-line and replaced by young Jordan Thompson. City were looking a lot better in the second half. Thomas was the main danger down the player has everything a winger needs apart from a final shot. Rovers then made a change and on came a certain Stefan Payne! A player with my name was met with amusement from Kev and Paul chanting “Stefan Payne is a w**ker”, as I berated him for spelling his first name incorrectly and Paul was claiming to the crowd he didn’t know me. City were trying but it was not working so MR made his 2nd change as Andreu replaced Kelly. The sub helped out with his skill on the ball. Then Chaplin broke through but out wide his shot was blocked by the keeper. Then Bakayoko went on but with not too much time left. City kept going as Brown was finding more room down the flanks. Andreu then played Chaplin in who finished coolly only for it to be ruled out for off side and it was very tight. The game ended and we had a soggy trudge back to the car.

Man of the Match
1st Luke Thomas: Dangerous
2nd Jordan Shipley: Forced a top class save
3rd Michael Doyle: Ran his socks off.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 16, 2018 2:24 pm

Coventry City vs. Barnsley


It does annoy me sometimes when the press say “this team hasn’t won here since …” and give a recent year but Barnsley have not won away against Coventry since 1923! That was the opening game of the 23-24 season and that is a run of 24 league games! Barnsley are one of the pre-season favourites and are unbeaten. No surprises in the line up as Burge was in goal, the back four were Brown, Willis, Hyam and Sterling, in midfield we had Shipley, Doyle, Bayliss and Thomas with Chaplin just behind Clarke-Harris.

The away side started off the better but the first chance fell to us as Chaplin broke clear in the area with only the keeper to beat we all expected a goal but he put it wide. Thomas was looking lively going forward as he had a shot blocked. The loan player played in our other loan player in Sterling but his shot, from an angle was straight at the keeper. City were matching the team that was in The Championship last season but then it could have all gone wrong as Junior Brown attempted to pass the ball back to Burge but scuffed it allowing their Brown race clear towards the goal it looked almost certain to score but Burge stood his ground and pulled of a great save. It was their Brown that went close again after a couple minutes more. Barnsley missed a few more chances in what was a good game. Meanwhile Doyle, was back to his best in midfield and after the game a Barnsley fan in Youtube complained that his midfield was overrun. Shipley in midfield was running hard but getting some of his choices wrong. We made it half time with no goals but matching Barnsley all the way.

The second half started with Chaplin putting one wide. At the other end their Brown tried a shot from distance forcing Burge into another good save. City launched another attack as the linesman had his flag up Clarke-Harris headed to Chaplin who swept the ball home but off side. Then something strange as the ref was called over to the linesman was he about to change the call? No, the linesman had an injury and had to go off but as he up with play when he flagged? Clarke-Harris got a shot on target as the forward worked hard throughout the game attempting to find space for Chaplin. The first sub came as Shipley, who was still carrying a knock went off and was replaced by Kelly and it was good to see him back “…Kelly in the middle we never give the ball away”. The ref Mr T Kettle (no puns, promise) then showed the yellow card for the first time as a Barnsley player flattened Chaplin as he threatened to go by. Barnsley missed a few chances as the game went on. City then won a free kick and Doyle took it and swung it into the box, Junior flicked it on and Willis threw himself at the ball in the six-yard box with defenders all around him he got the ball bravely in the back of the net with his head and City were in the lead. Barnsley hit back when Thiam went down too easily. Bakayoko then came on to replace Thomas who had just been floored by a bad tackle. Six minutes were added on but despite them starting to pile on the pressure with a series of corners but Burge and the defence was equal to them. City saw out the game and a good win.

Man of the match
1st Michael Doyle: In command of midfield
2nd Lee Burge: Two great saves several punches and good handling
3rd Jordan Willis: Great at the back and a brave goal.




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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 09, 2018 4:49 pm

Oxford United Vs Coventry City

With Paul and Kev not attending I decided to drive myself to the ground. Oxford’s ground is very easy to find since it is well signposted. It took me just over an hour to reach their free car park. My next mission was to pick up my ticket after it didn’t arrive with my Bristol Rovers tickets in the post. In the ground we heard the team news, with Burge in goal, the back four were Grimmer, Willis, Hyam and a surprise at left back as Junior Brown came in he used to play for Oxford. In midfield were Thomas, Doyle, Bayliss and Shipley with Clarke-Harris and Chaplin up front. We have lost both our visits here one only a month ago in the League Cup.

The home side started off the brighter using both wings well as City sat back to defend. They had the first effort at goal but wide. City slowly got into the game and Grimmer got past former City youth player Ruffles out wide the fullback was about to enter the area and was brought down, free kick but we were all surprised that no booking followed as Grimmer would have been free in the area. The free kick came to nothing and Oxford went forward until Shipley tripped one of their players now the ref decided to book the player despite it looking just like a trip. A minute later Brown also went into the book this time no complaints the fullback clattered into his almost namesake Browne. United still went forward but the defence were looking solid and soon City were getting forward themselves. J C-H got a shot on target before Shipley got a shot blocked. The ref then gave a lecture to Shipley for a nothing foul meanwhile he was missing loads of fouls from Oxford. City then had the best moment so far as Thomas was sent down the wing he cut in and drew the keeper but the custodian managed to smother the shot and prevent a goal. Another half chance saw Chaplin in the box he took his time before swinging his left peg but an Oxford defender put in a great block otherwise it was heading goal wards. The game wasn’t the best of spectacles for the watching public on Sky. Near the end of a half finally an Oxford player went into the book as Holmes fouled Thomas.


Radio Oxford thought City players were going down all too easily what they forgot to say that they were being fouled.

The second half saw City attacking the end nearest us but before start a surprising sub as Grimmer must have picked up a knock because Sterling came on. City were looking a lot better in the second half, still solid at the back Brown was having his best game so far as the front two worked hard. City won a free kick and Willis headed that ball over. At the other end Oxford went close but it was still nervy stuff. City were still trying to knock the ball around and one good move saw Chaplin get one on target. After the hour mark a goal kick was flicked on by Clarke-Harris to Shipley he fed Chaplin the little forward held onto the ball and got into the box before playing in Shipley again the midfielder shot and it took a deflection and beat the keeper to give us a deserved lead. Oxford went up the other end and it needed a really good save from Burge to keep the lead. Clarke-Harris was then dragged back when he had a chance to run into space towards the penalty area but the ref again decided it wasn’t a booking. As the game went on a ball into the box caught out Oxford as Shipley was alive to the ball and beat the keeper to it before the keeper flattened him no doubt it was a penalty but again another Oxford player escaped an obvious yellow card. Chaplin stepped up to take the penalty to make it 2-0. Shipley was in no state to continue after his battering from the keeper and was replaced by Andreu while Chaplin was replaced by Ogogo as City looked to see the game out. The next corner was won by Oxford they swung it and Obika headed it home, so much for having a relaxing end to the game. Oxford went forward in numbers but City were defending well and saw out the game for the first away win of the season.

After getting through the road works in Oxford it didn’t take me long to reach home.

Man of the match
1st Junior Brown: Best game so far
2nd Jordan Shipley: One goal, one assist
3rd Jordan Willis: Won his battles at the back.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 02, 2018 9:38 am

Coventry City Vs Rochdale

Only one topic for City fans and that was the loan signing that will turn into a buy for half a million by all accounts of Connor Chaplin but he was on the bench as MR stuck with the side that played at Gillingham. That line up was in goal Burge, with Grimmer, Willis, Hyam and Mason in defence, Doyle, Bayliss, Shipley and Thomas in midfield with Andreu tucked in behind Clarke-Harris up front. For the first time this season the crowed dipped under 10,000 as not many Rochdale fans made the trip. We have a particularly bad record against the Dale with one win in the league. Dale turned up on what a guy near me called Keith described as puce but looked like purple that had run in the wash. It was a sunny day at the Ricoh as the game got under way.

It was the away side that started the better pushing City back early on as Burge was called into action early on. City started to settle and seemed to be given acres of room out wide for Grimmer and Mason to run into. City were looking good as Andreu put one wide then Grimmer broke down the right and fed Thomas who just put it wide. Grimmer then had a shot blocked before the right back was attacking again and picked out Clarke-Harris but he headed wide. Thomas had a shot blocked as it was nearly all City. Despite the pressure their keeper had yet had a shot to save. We were trying as Thomas again guilty of not hitting the target as he just put it wide, before Andreu did likewise. Grimmer again was trying to set up players with another good ball into the box. In the dieing seconds of the half Thomas raced through the defenders only to put the ball wide of the goal.

No doubt the teamtalk in the away dressing room was to get tighter on Grimmer and Mason. The away side won an early corner and took it quickly suddenly one of there players had acres of sapce and he had time to pick on Andrew who headed past Burge and the ref ruled the ball had crossed the line and I don’t think he needed goaline technogy for that one. This gave a big boost to Dale as they went forward looking for another. They soon had the ball in the net again but it was ruled out of offside. City needed a boost and it came when Chaplin replaced Andreu. First impressions of the new forward was how small he was. City slowly got back into the game after as City got forward as Grimmer picked out Clarke-Harris who somehow planted a header wide. Finally City got a shot on taget forcing the keeper’s firrst save and no suprise it was Thomas that had the effort. another goal was rulled out for Dale for being off side, this one was a clear offside. Another change as Allansanni replaced Shipley and for the rest of the game City insisted in wacking high balls to the winger. Then City had the best move of the game in a counter attack Chaplin play in Thomas for a run on goal from a wide area he fired pas the keeper and the it looked on target only to scrape inches wide. Third sub saw Bakayoko replace Clarke-Harrris up front. Dale were trying to run the clock down as much as posible as the game got into the last ten minutes. Late on one of their players went down in the box after blocking a cross as if his leg was broken, lieing inches from the touch-line he refussed to roll off as the physio strolled on to treat him. The reuslting corner saw Chaplin challenge the keeper resulting in the keeper going to ground. No doubt the keeper wasn’t faking as he had to go off with a head wound and be replaced by the sub keeper. City could force the sub keeper into a save and lost the game were we only manager to convert two of eighteen shots on target.

Man of the Match
1st Jack Grimmer: Some quality deliveries
2nd Jordan Willis: Resolute at the back
3rd Luke Thomas: Wastful in front of goal but kept getting to to position to have a go.


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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Aug 26, 2018 10:02 am

Gillingham Vs Coventry City


With Kev in Spain missing his first City game in many years there were only 3 of us so it was decided it would be slightly cheaper on Jimbo’s coach. An easy run down the Medway meant we had plenty of time thankfully there is a friendly sports bar in the ground. After we took our places on the open terraces in the temporary stand that has been there 15 or so years I have been going. MR rang the changes and most were delighted to see Burge come back in for his 101st league game and Grimmer recalled. The rest of the defence was Willis, Hyam and Mason, with Doyle the holding midfielder, Shipley and Thomas wide, Bayliss in the centre, Andreu just behind Clarke-Harris up front. In our history we have a good record at Priestfield but not recently, the only victory I have seen here was 14 years ago a 5-2 success noted for Richard Shaw’s only goal and the sacking of Eric Black the next day, going almost unnoticed was the scorer of the first goal direct from a free kick that day was a certain Michael Doyle.

City playing in the all white kit attacked the far end in the first half and immediately the side look far better balanced than the one that played Blackpool. Clarke-Harris was putting himself about and looking good only five days previous I saw him play well for the U23’s but he looked a long way off the first team with so many players in front of him. I was good to see Burge back but his first shot on him looked an easy catch but he lost it, thankfully the defenders were there to dig him out. City were using the ball well and ending when Shipley got a shot on target. At the other end the home side’s main forward was the large Tom Eaves who had a hair style similar to Andy Carroll. This wasn’t lost on the away following as we sang “your just a sh*t Andy Carroll”, the home fans responded with the same song, priceless, I think it is not the first time fans had sung that. City kept up the pressure when the ball reached Andreu in the area he chipped it over the diving keeper but with no much pace on it, it was easy for a defender to clear it before it got anywhere near the goal. The midfield were looking good with Doyle holding and everyone else attacking, Bayliss driving forward at every opportunity. The home side were forced to make a change because of injury and on came former City loan player Callum Reilly who played 20 games for us in 2017. Gillingham started to get more of the ball but City were defending well. Then Gillingham had to make another sub through injury and it was the brother of former keeper Reice Charles-Cook, Regan, who had to go off. In my eight visits to the ground and its open terrace it has never rained until minutes from the end of the half when it started to rain. Half time came after an encouraging first half.

Half time the heavens really opened as I queued for the loo, plastic rain capes were being handed out to the away fans.

Second half the rain continued as we were getting quite wet. First almost straight from the kick off Mason swung in a very deep cross and Clarke-Harris was on the back post just as I shouted “1-0” the big forward headed his 5th goal for the club and gave us a deserved lead. “We only score when it’s raining””, sang the City fans. City now on top with Thomas just putting it wide and Shipley getting one on target, City were looking like the home side and Gillingham were the away side. City kept getting in and having shots. City had another chance but Clarke-Harris couldn’t get the direction on his header. Without any danger Gills’ sub List cut out wide sneaked into the area and somehow sneaked the ball into the goal from a narrow angle. No surprisingly this lifted the home side. City needed a lift and so the exciting Reise Allassani made his debut replacing Thomas. The sub got straight into the action with his direct running. City more likely winning than losing before Clarke-Harris seemed to pick up a strain or cramp he needed to go off eventually he did being replaced by Bakayoko, slightly earlier Ponticelli replaced Shipley. Allassani and Bayliss both had shots as City looked for a winner. Sadly we could find a winner and it ended level but a by far a better performance.

Even Gillingham fans said on Facebook that we deserved to win.

Man of the Match
1st Jonson Clarke-Harris: Lead the line well up front
2nd Tom Bayliss: Looked dangerous
3rd Jordan Willis: Kept the Gills’ forward quiet
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:04 am

Blackpool Vs Coventry City


Again it was a coach job for Blackpool as Kev and Rach went on the early coach so they could spend the day in the seaside town Paul and I took the coach at 3. Now earlier on the organiser Jimbo text me if I could mark people off and collect the money from the passengers on the coach so I was steward for the trip, and therefore didn’t have to pay and also bagged the front seats. The three hour trip turned into just under four as we hit heavy traffic around Cheshire. In the ground a hour before kick off we were surprised at the number of changes in the line up after the win, the changes were Brown in for Mason at left back, Shipley and Thomas into midfield, despite Hiwula having his best game so far and up front Biambou for Bakayoko who showed promise in the last game. The rest of the line up was in goal O’Brien, the others in defence were Sterling, Willis and Hyam, with Bayliss playing behind the striker. It was a great turn out by the Sky Blue Army as most took the opportunity to have a day or more out in the holiday resort and we made up around a third of the crowd.

The game got underway and almost immediately Biambou went down and it looked serious. The game was stopped and a stretcher was called for but the forward refused to be carried off and limped off he was replaced by Bakayoko. The game got going again and but it was dire stuff as both teams this season were struggling to score goals. The Seasiders were looking the better side but the defence was solid and not letting them in. City struggled to get anything going at the other end with no width from the fullbacks who prefer to knock long ball then to attack and Bakayoko spending the half running off side. We then had the first action of the game as a neat move saw the ball knocked to Pool’s Shearing from outside the box and his fierce drive looked goal bound until O’Brien sprang to his left and pulled off a really good save. Nothing at all was happening up front despite Thomas trying not to look poor until the rest of the attacking unit. It was Thomas who put a free kick over the bar just before half time and it was goalless.

City had yet to score from open play this season and were on the verge of a new club record if they failed in the second half so a goal was needed. The team attacked the away end in the second half as Bakayoko ran along way off side to the anger of the away fans who couldn’t believe we paid money for him. Three minutes into the half a good cross was delivered into the box and Cullen headed past O’Brien to give the home side the lead. It was still dull stuff but City fans got excited when they saw some fight at last on the pitch but sadly it was two seagulls having a go at each other. Finally Mark Robins made a change and off went Bakayoko becoming the 13th sub to be subbed in our history. On came Hiwula playing for the first time in his preferred centre forward role and straight way he looked miles better than Bakayoko. Former City loanee Nathan Delfouneso then came on for Blackpool before Andreu replaced Shipley. City had a shot blocked as we came close to a shot on target and were looking lively but from one attack the home side sprung and a long ball found Dodoo and he beat the onrushing O’Brien to make it 2-0 and wrap the game up. City fans left angrily and the manager has to look at his formation which hasn’t worked and team selection like insisting with Sterling when Grimmer is available.

This was the end of an era for me as working time means I will no longer be able to attend midweek away games I will have to settle paying £10 and watching it live via iFollow at home.

Man of the match
1st Dominic Hyman: Defended well won most headers
2nd Jordan Willis: Also put in a shift
3rd Jordy Hiwula: Should have started
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Aug 19, 2018 10:09 am

Coventry City Vs Plymouth Argyle


Another good crowd boosted by a large following from Devon no doubt this is considered a middle distance journey for the Argyle fans. The line up was in goal for his 10th league game was O’Brien, Stirling, Hyam, Willis and Mason at the back the defensive midfield were Ogogo and Doyle, the attacking three were Hiwula, Andreu and Bayliss with Bakayoko up front.

A quiet start saw the first action was Bayliss firing over the bar. City started to get into the game and a good move saw the ball go to Andreu who forced the keeper into a save after firing in from a narrow angle. City seemed to be improving and Hiwula looked better than he has so far. Most attacks were coming down our left as Mason seemed to be always on the ball and looking dangerous whilst Sterling on the other wing as quiet. City kept up the pressure when Bakayoko got through a square pass would have set up a chance but he elected to shoot and put it well wide. It was then the turn of Hiwula to shot wide from close in. Andreu then had a shot saved. City were looking solid at the back. Bayliss as dangerous as ever forced a corner with a shot. Heading to the end of the half City broke from an attack was almost stopped as Plymouth’s player Ness fouled but the referee played a good advantage, the ball went to Bakayoko he gave the ball to Mason, the fullback skipped down the pitch and played in Hiwula, the forward raced into the area before clearly having his ankles clipped, it looked a clear penalty. The referee seemed to hesitate but the linesman made his mind up and Mr Drysdale pointed to the spot. Bakayoko persuaded Andreu that he should take the kick and he agreed, well Bakayoko is far bigger. The forward placed the ball and hit it to the keeper’s right, it was accurately placed and it had to be because the keeper guessed right but the ball ended up in the net and City were a goal up. The ref booked Ness for the foul in the build up and Carey for complaining. City saw out the half to lead.

Plymouth made a change and it was Ruben Lameiras, the former City winger that came on. The Pilgrims started of brighter in the second half attacking the end were their fans were. Lameiras showed good skills to get into a shooting position and forced O’Brien into a good save. Things were looking even then a moment of madness that must send managers mad, a pass in midfield saw Ness make contact with his hand on the ball the referee had no choice but to give the player his second yellow card and they were down to ten players. The pressure was now on City to see out the win as Andreu fired one over from a free kick. Bakayoko was winning most headers up front but had the tendency to time his runs badly and was caught off side when a slight delay in the run could have seen him clear. Hyam then went close with a shot. Plymouth, however were throwing players forward and their fans were trying to claim everything. City made a change off went Andreu and on for his debut was the Derby County loan winger Luke Thomas and Biambou replaced Bakayoko. The Pilgrims were still looking for a way through City’s back four and defensive two as Ogogo got in a firm challenge or too. At the back I kept my eye on Stirling who had received criticism this season but he defended well. There was always a danger of a goal but a shot was straight at O’Brien. Into the last ten minutes and Hiwula was replaced by Shipley to the song “he’s on of our own”. Almost immediately he forced the keeper into a good save. Meanwhile out wide Thomas was impressing with his pace. With six minutes to go, Taylor got in the area and went down, “penalty”, we thought until the ref instead of pointing to the spot produced a yellow card for diving. No doubt the away fans were blaming the ref for the score line. At the other end Shipley again forced the keeper into another save. Then he had a great chance to wrap the game up after a good ball from Thomas left Shipers with only the keeper to beat but he hit it over. City defended the game out even Thomas showed great maturity in defending one attack and the ref blew to signal our first League One of the season.

Man of the match
1st Brandon Mason: Got forward well
2nd Dominic Hyam: Defended well
3rd Luke Thomas Promising debut




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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Wed Aug 15, 2018 8:53 am

Oxford United Vs Coventry City


I travelled with the regular crew for the League Cup encounter and not too far away Oxford. There was a good following as we took on Oxford for the first time since the Check-a-trade Final at Wembley. None of the staring line-up for either side played that day only survivors Burge for us and former City youth player Josh Ruffles for them both were on the bench. The last time we played here we got a real hammering. MR made three changes for the side in came Grimmer at right back at last, Stirling moved to a holding midfield role, the rest of the side was O’Brien in goal with Davies, Hyam and Brown at the back, Ogogo was the other holding midfielder, the supporting three behind the main man were Bayliss, Bakayoko and Hiwula leaving Biambou up front but the last three interchanged throughout play.

It was a slow start in the pleasant weather as Oxford had the first chance but it went wide. Oxford then had the ball in the back of the net but the linesman had his flag up for a while so no goal. It as fairly even Biambou put one wide. City forced their keeper into a catch. City were again struggling to get any fluidity into the moves playing this complicated formation. Oxford went close without threatening O’Brien’s goal. If anything was going to happen with City it would be at the feet of Bayliss then after half an hour with three Oxford players around him in the centre circle he turned leaving them all for dead before playing a perfect ball through to Hiwula who went clear but shot tamely at the keeper. So for Jordy he has now had a one-on-one in all three games and has failed to take any of them. The ref then had to stop the game and for the first time in the history of the club a manager was shown a yellow card it was the Oxford boss Karl Robinson, not sure what he was complaining about? The home side were edging the encounter when City lost possession again and the ball came out to our left a great cross was whipped in and just as I was saying “Your ball O’Brien” Marcus Browne gave them the lead with a header, it was a good cross. Oxford ended the half on top but City made to half time without conceding.


Jordan Ponticelli warmed up during the interval and he replaced Bakayoko a player at the moment seems poor. Ponticelli gave something different to the front line but it as still Oxford on the up when Junior Brown failed to put in a tackle Oxford broke leaving Whyte to fire past O’Brien to make it two. The noise level in the away section suddenly lifted as we tired to encourage the team back into the game. City were improving with Bayliss the main danger but Ponticelli’s movement was good he is the closest player we have in style to McNulty. City won a free kick and it was taken quickly to Hiwula he wasn’t picked up by the Oxford defence and he knocked in a good cross, Ponticelli flicked the header past the keeper but the linesman already had his flag up it looked a close call but it was a good move. Captain Tom Davies got a header on target as City were trying to press. MR then made his second change off went Stirling, who has looked out of his depth in the three games so far and on came Clarke-Harris for his first league cup game for City since 2010 when he became our youngest ever player. The forward got a head on target straight away but no trouble for the keeper. City made the final change off came Hiwula, another disappointing performance and on came one of the Wembley heroes in the shape of Shipley and player that has been hard done by to be left out. Bayliss again was the main danger forcing the keeper to save. City were now looking far more balanced as Shipley seemed to know what role he was playing unlike most of the new players. Oxford were happy to sit back and hit us on the counter one attack saw O’Brien push the ball around the post or so we thought as the ref gave a goal kick. Another attack saw the ball go to Ogogo but his first touch was horrendous allowing Oxford to set up an attack. City kept trying and had more shots on target but none of them anything to trouble their keeper. Late on, we again had the ball in the net but the lineman got his hat trick by flagging another goal off side. The ref blew and City were out of the cup, no great loss really.

Worryingly most of the new players are struggling as MR has ripped up the side from last season, players like Shipley, Burge and Grimmer need to start and switch back to 4-4-2. This is almost my last midweek game for the foreseeable future as my new job will see me working until 8 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and with games like this that is no loss.

Man of the match
1st Tom Bayliss: Overwhelming choice but we can’t relay on a 19 year old
2nd Jordan Ponticelli: The only goal threat we have
3rd Jordan Shipley: Should start in a more balanced formation.


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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:07 am

AFC Wimbledon Vs Coventry City


So the first away game of he season and I was on the coach organised by Jimbo leaving from the Wallace Pub. Got there in time only to see Jimbo glued to his mobile phone in the way he was on holiday when things were not going well. It quickly transpired that the coaches he booked had let him down after being double booked. There was nothing for it as the people with cars were requested to drive down to London. Now Jimbo came to me and said “can you get into that car?” Now four other guys were in the car none of them I have seen before! After introducing myself we set off. Stopping at a petrol station near The Ricoh, Jimbo was there with his credit card paying for all the petrol, we had £80 of petrol as the coach company promised to pay Jimbo back for the petrol and train tickets as some went by train. Anyway, the trip down took just over two hours and they had beers in the car and made me feel welcome. We arrived in Kingston with plenty of time and parked for free in the ground. We bumped into Rod McDonald who told me he was enjoying it there (he wouldn’t say anything else). The Kingsmeadow is now owned by Chelsea and they had shockingly kicked out the home team in Kingstonians. We heard the team and new forward Amadou Bakayoko staring the others in the team were in goal O’Brien, the back four were Sterling, Davies, Hyam and Mason, the holding two were Doyle and Agogo, the three behind the forward were, Bayliss, Hiwula and Andreu. Not a single one of the 11 played the last game we had here two seasons ago, Burge played but he was on the bench. Only player to play in that game and start in this was Wimbledon’s Tom Soars.

We were on the terracing and the angles meant it was hard to see down the left in the first half and the right in the second and most attacks seem to come down these. It was a slow start for both sides before City won a free kick and Andreu put the ball over the bar. The home team were looking the better side as City were struggling to get going. At the back City looked secured. The home side won a series of corners which were dealt with. City then set up a good attack as Bayliss charged forward in a run before sliding in Hiwula but the ball was slightly over hit allowing the keeper to block the shot. Apart from that the home side were looking the better side. They went close at one end. Liam Trotter was first into the book as I was calling him a “Plonker”. It was now a case of holding out to get in at half time without conceding as they hit the post with O’Brien stranded. Half time came all level.

Ten minutes into the game City set up the best attack for us in the game when Bakayoko got into position and chipped the ball past the keeper but defenders were back their and cleared. City were improving but the next action was a sickening collision between a player and the corner flag and the flag came off the worse. Despite attention the flag had to go off could be restarted. Still not much was happening as both defences were on top. Wimbledon’s player Watson then missed hit a ball putting it out for a throw in as I responded with “elementary Watson”, one fans got the joke. To be fair it wasn’t a great game. First sub saw Bakayoko replaced by Biambou. The French forward livened things up. Ogogo then went into the book by a ref who was running the game well. Bayliss looked City’s best hope going forward and we were all pleased he wasn’t sold last week like some rumours said. City then came very close as the ball was knocked down to Biambou and he forced a great save from their keeper. Mason, who was playing well again had to go off with cramp and was replaced by debutant Junior Brown who also looked good. As the game was in count down O’Brien had to leap to his left to keep out a shot. Late on they threw on James Hanson a player that always gave us problems when he played for Bradford. We had five minutes of injury time thanks the time it took to treat the corner flag and in that time a Wimbledon player crashed in the penalty area, massive appeal from the home fans but no penalty and no late goal (unlike the last time we were here). The ref blew and we all accepted a point.

Back in the car with the guys it didn’t take too long to get home and since they live about two to three minute run from my house they dropped me off at home ending a pretty strange day.

Man of the Match
1st Tom Davies: Excellent at the back
2nd Tom Bayliss: Our best hope going forward
3rd Brandon Mason: A combination of the above two
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Aug 05, 2018 9:56 am

Coventry City vs. Scunthorpe United


So another season comes around after one of our shortest pre-season in our history after we had the honour of closing the domestic season down. Mark Robins has been active in the transfer market buying almost a new team but was still waiting on the player to fill the number 10 shirt. Only four players made their debuts they were at right back Dujon Sterling from Chelsea a bit of a shock as the last goal scorer from last season, Grimmer was dropped. At left back was Brandon Mason, with Abu Ogogo being only the second player to be signed from Shrewsbury and to play, Oggy was the other and playing forward was the latest signing Jordy Hiwula-Mayifuila, Jordy short for Jordan. The rest of the team started with a real surprise as O’Brien as in goal with Burge out injured, the rest of the defence was Hyam and another Jordan in Willis, the other player holding midfield in the 4-2-3-1 was Doyle, with Bayliss and back after almost a season out Andreu, leaving Biambou up front. The Irons had made the last two play offs and were no mugs and also had a Jordan none other than Jordan Clarke from Norman Place Road (I know his dad). Also on the bench for Scunny was George Thomas who had wasted a season of his career nowhere near the Leicester team. The was a very warm summer’s day as is tradition in the first game and a crowd that was just shy of 13,000 turned up for the opening encounter. Before the kick off we had a minute’s applause for former City player Ernie Hunt. Our last game in League One was against Scunthorpe so it was nice we opened against them as well.

So the season got underway with Bayliss having an early shot. City early on were looking the better side. Biambou had a couple of good runs before The Irons tested out the Sky Blues’ defence for the first time. Then United were pulled up for a foul and Clarke was booked against his old side. Ogogo was looking good in midfield with some great tackling, with him and Doyle City will have plenty of the ball this season. City then worked the ball well leaving Hiwula in with a chance but the keeper smothered the shot. The away side then came close as a corner and Novak hit the post with a header the ball hit O’Brien and went out for a corner. Minutes later O’Brien saved with a shot straight at him. The game was good and City were showing plenty of endeavour with Mason looking good at left back, Sterling and Hiwula not showing much at the moment. Tucked in behind the forward was Andreu how has a great touch and it was the Frenchman that came close with a shot that hit the post. A minute later Clarke dragged down a player off the ball and some referees would have booked him for that but maybe it would have been a bit harsh for a red card. City started to get on top again as Biambou attempted a long range over-head kick that the keeper made a meal out of pushing it away for a corner. Both sides forces the keepers into saves before the ref blew for half time.

Early in the second half O’Brien pulled of a good save flipping the ball over the bar to keep things level. Bayliss had a shot blocked before Hiwula was brought down outside the area. This is a moment I had been waiting for, Andreu scored a great goal in a pre-season game in Spain I attended and again he stepped up and swerved the ball over the wall, the keeper was nowhere and City took the deserved lead. City went looking for the second goal as Bayliss hit the post before Andreu put one wide. City kept up the pressure with Biambou getting a shot blocked and then the woodwork saved The Irons for the third time as Ogogo hit the post. The away side made their third change but Thomas stayed on the bench, off went Clarke to boos, at first before the more sensible City fans applauded. Seconds later the away side broke down the right and Humphrys was left with only O’Brien to beat, which he did and their best player by someway levelled the score. A while later MR made a triple change, Clarke-Harris for Biambou and two Jordans on and one off as Bayliss and Willis left being replaced by Shipley and making his league debut Jordan number 11 in our history, Jordan Thompson. Unfortunately four minutes later some more uncharacteristic defending show Dales swivel to fire past O’Brien to give them the lead. City pilled on the pressure as Andreu drew a brilliant save from their keeper before Hiwula also had a shot saved despite the pressure City lost after leading (it never happen once last season). It was a disappointing result but a good performance.

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1st Tony Andreu: Welcome back Tony
2nd Abu Ogogo: Going to be very popular
3rd Brandon Mason: Played well from left back.

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Tue May 29, 2018 9:48 am

Coventry City Vs Exeter City


So the big day had finally arrived as I set out at 8 for the walk to the Wallace Pub to catch the coach. Twist N Shout editor, Jimbo had put on 88 coaches leaving from several points around the City and Warwickshire and I was soon on one of them. After just around two hours our driver pulled into the Green Man pub. I made my way to the Holiday Inn to meet my old friend from Bulgaria. Nicky had just seen the Champions League Final. He had bought some new shirts and I delivered them to him. After a drink or two I made my way down to Wembley. It was a hot day as I had a walk around before I made my way into Wembley for the second time in just over a year. We heard the line up and no surprise that there were no change. Three survivors from last season were Burge in goal, with Stokes at left back and Willis in the centre they both played out of position in the Check-a-trade. The rest of the team was Grimmer and Hyam as the other defender. Midfield consisted of Shipley, Doyle, Kelly and Bayliss with McNulty and Biambou. The build up included a “super fan” from both sides ours was Pat Raybould the woman behind the family zone for home games; she brought out the trophy and got the fans singing. City outnumbered the Exeter fans three to one. The national anthem was then sung out. Then the teams came out to a terrific roar. We knew how vital this game was a defeat and we would start to drift again. It was a hot day as the game was ready to start.

The game got underway and City attacked early on and McNulty spun the fullback and raced down the wing forcing an early corner which was cleared. City started well in the heat. City kept going and Biambou knocked the ball down to McNulty who volleyed in a shot over the bar. City kept probing as Shipley found Bayliss but his header was wide. On the 9th minute City fans got up to applaud the memory of Cyrille Regis. The atmosphere was still good the Michael Doyle being belted out. Even a BBC reporter said the Coventry fans singing gave him Goosebumps. Then we all held our breaths as Doyle sent McNulty through he looked like he stole a yard and was in on goal until a last minute tackle prevented a shot on target. City then started to knock the ball around with shouts of ole with every touch; the ball eventually fell to McNulty who got it on target but an easy save. Shipley then had a shot as the Sky Blues will still looking the better side. Stokes then had to go off with a head injury leaving City with ten players, Exeter, now with more players started to get forward and for the first time were looking dangerous. Exeter tried to pass the ball but were pressured out of it before the chance went wide and their keeper Pym was not a very happy chappy having a go at one of his defenders. Exeter then won a corner but thankfully Stokes was ready to rejoin the action. After a half an hour Exeter got their first shot on target. Shipley then got a good shot in but no problem for Pym. This was a cagey game and fans were getting nervous. Exeter started to press more before the ref blew for half time.

Fans were nervous it was a close first half and I though the first to score would win and that would be the only goal.

Now City were attacking the mass ranks of Sky Blue in the second half. First to show was Bayliss down the right showing some great skill to keep the ball before picking out McNulty who forced the keeper into a save. The corner came over but was cleared, Doyle picked up the ball and played it to Willis who was wide on the left, his first touch was great and from were I was sitting there was only one place that ball was going as Willis blasted into the top left hand corner of the net, the place exploded no one could believe Willis scored such a good goal. Suddenly all the tension of the first half was gone, picture taken of the scoreboard and scarf twirled in the air. First sub saw Biambou go off with a knock and on came Clarke-Harris. City kept pushing as City broke again, this time it was McNulty who drove forwards and picked out Shipley, he took a step or two before blasting the ball it took a slight deflection and beat Pym. 2-0!!!! “Gary Mabbutt’s knee” I kept say as the fans according to a BBC reporter “went nuts”. There is no team in League Two that will come back from two down against us. The promotion party was in full swing. Exeter started to recover from the double blow as City cleared a corner. Shipley tired a shot from great distance and wasn’t far wide. Exeter made a double substitution. City kept going when McNulty got the ball on the right he slipped in Grimmer and again we could believe it as the right back expertly curled the ball into the top corner, quite an incredible goal. More mass celebrations and the scarves were out in force. Another change saw Shipley go off after an energetic game and on came Reid who played in the last trip to Wembley. Exeter made a change as they brought on a player called Kyle and I accused them of plagiarism. To give them credit Exeter kept trying to play football as Harley fired in a long range shot that Burge pushed around the post. City had another chance as Bayliss got the ball and dribbled his way into the area he looked like he was going to score by Pym got his leg in the way to save the shot. Exeter then came close as another long range shot hit the post. McNulty was replaced by Ponticelli. Now I wanted us to keep a clean sheet at Wembley which we never have. With two minute of normal time Kyle Edwards got the ball and curled it around Burge, another great goal. It gave the Exeter fans that remained something to celebrate. After five minutes of injury time the ref blew his whistle to signal promotion. Michael Doyle was the first one over to the fans as the celebrations could officially being.

No one was leaving as we saw Michael Doyle go up and pick up the trophy the cheering only stopped when we saw Tim Fisher who got booed. Pictures were taken as the team lifted the trophy again on the pitch. They went around the Sky Blues fans enjoying them self Jodi Jones was dancing while Clarke-Harris lifted Biamou on his shoulders and was giving him an airplane spin. Eventually we left the ground after a very long season in which I saw every league game maybe for the last time as if I get a job it may interfere with mid week games. Made my way back to the coaches and the trip back seemed quick as I read the program. What a season!

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sat May 19, 2018 2:52 pm

Notts County Vs Coventry City (Play off)

So the big day had finally arrived all sides that played the 2nd leg at home this season had progressed, we hadn’t won at Meadow Lane since the 60’s and they have only lost two home league games all season this pointed for me to one thing a City win. Paul is employed by Nottinghamshire County Council so he stayed at work and I did the driving. After picking up Lisa at home, Kev at home and Rachel from the hospital (where she works) we made a slow and painful way up the A roads to Nottingham proving it was madness to have a game on a Friday night. Two hours forty minutes after I left my house we parked up. We could already hear the City fans in various pub as we where en route to Meadow Lane. Inside the ground there was a terrific atmosphere in the dangerously cramped corridors where the toilets only have one door in or out and in the stands itself. We had almost half the crowd occupying on side, the main end County got their fans to dress in either white or black to mirror the stripes on their kit, a good touch. The City line up as expected with Burge in goal, Stokes, Willis, Hyam and Grimmer at the back, in midfield we had Shipley, Bayliss, Kelly and Doyle, leaving Biambou and McNulty up front.

We knew what we were facing from Notts but if we matched them in the physical side then our skill would take us through, so was the theory. We started well attacking the colourful home end as Biambou played in McNulty he lofted a great ball back to his strike partner but the Frenchman’s touch just let him down and the ball ran through to the keeper. City started really well and County were being outplayed even this early on. After six minutes City won a corner, Kelly played it in and there was a scramble in the area then things seem to go into slow motion as the ball popped up and Biambou launched an overhead kick he met it well and it was a split second of breath holding before it hit the back of the net. The place went mental, flares lit people jumping around what a start. I always thought if we score first we would win. City were still looking the better side but County could always nick a goal as Stead fired over. One thing I know about Notts it they are a bunch of thugs but this time we seemed to finally have a good ref as he booked Tootle for a foul on Biambou, no doubt their manager would claim he dived. City needed another goal and McNulty came close twice, one from a Doyle pass before he fired wide then Biambou headed one that the top scorer fired over. Doyle was next in the book and I couldn’t argue about a yellow card but the County players surrounded the ref demanding a red. McNulty then set up Kelly but he isn’t the best finisher at the club and fired wide. McNulty, running all night as normal then had a shot on target as City still dominated and was the only team trying to play football. City kept it up and even Stokes beat a couple of players on the wing before he was hacked down prompting another yellow card. If County thought getting Davies suspended would be an advantage they were wrong because Willis was back in the side and at his best repelling all attacks. City were getting forward well with some good passing one move saw the ball moved sideways and Kelly appeared out wide and smacked in a low cross and McNulty has got the scoring instinct and he was first to the ball to sweep it home to sparks more incredible scenes amongst the way fans. “Wembley, Wembley” we sang as we hadn’t lost a two goal lead this season. Now we needed to see out the rest of the half to give us a massive boost for the second but a minute of normal time left County launched a long throw in, it was flicked on and Grant got to the ball to slam it home to give them hope. In the last seconds of the half Bristley tried to get the ball off McNulty for a throw in and their was a little pushing, both sets of fans demanded a play should be sent off but the ref played it well with only a bookings for the players.

Half time we were a little deflated about conceding a late goal but were only 45 minutes away from Wembley.

It was no surprise that County were on the front foot from the off push City back with direct balls into the box, City were dealing with them but it would only take one mistake. They had a couple of attempts as I kept looking at my watch, five minutes gone, and forty to go. Three minutes later another sweeping attack saw Grant fire in a shot that Burge did really well to turn around the post. This was now nervy stuff. It was now ten minutes gone forty to go as I looked at my watch again. City finally got going again at the other end and one attack saw Biambou taken out on the edge of the box somehow the defender escaped a booking. The free kick was fired over. Burge saved again at the other end to keep City a goal up. The corner came in and I though I heard a whistle before Forte headed the ball into the net, thankfully the linesman had his flag up but this didn’t stop the orchestrated running of County flags in front of the home ends or the score board displaying “2-2”. The Magpies were getting closer when someone in the City box blocked a shot as a played attempted to go passed Burge. City needed to find a way out and then they did in the best way possible, a quick attack saw McNulty on the ball he played in Biambou and the forward took his time and was given plenty of room before he picked a shot past the keeper and scored. That was it back to a two goal lead Notts now had no chance, “When we get prompted this is want we sing, we are City, we are City, Robins is our king”. Clark-Harris replaced Biambou. Now it was just a case on enjoying the game as County lifted another long ball to cries of “Hoooof” from the City fans, the back four we dealing with everything thrown at them. City now were on top all over the pitch and with five minutes of normal time found more holes in the County defence, this time it was Bayliss on the attack he could have passed to McNulty but decided to go him self and placed the ball past their keeper for number four. Ten goals in the last two away games! There we fans hugging in the away sections as everyone was singing themselves hoarse. Shipley had a shot saved before McNulty was replaced by Ponticelli. Even Grimmer tried to get in on the act as he fired only just wide. City fans tore into their manager the whining Kevin Nolan. Shipley and Ponticelli fired over before the ref blew and we could officially celebrate another trip to Wembley.

We stayed for a while, like everyone else to celebrate. Only one fan made it onto the pitch as the team celebrated in front of us with Biambou clutching the man of the match award. Shipley was joining in the celebrations dancing in front of use before the players departed. The journey home was a lot quicker as we had news on ticket allocation and prices about two hours after the close of play. Got home 20 to midnight, sometimes following City can be fun.

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun May 13, 2018 9:06 am




Coventry City Vs Notts County Play Offs

I decided to go early to avoid the crowds and good job I did as soon as I got in the arena the heavens opened. The crowd as a disappointing 17,000 but being live on Sky and being the afternoon might of prevented a record crowd for a League Two Play Off Semi Final. The line up for our first ever Play off game was in goal Burge, with Grimmer, Hyam, Davies and Stokes, in midfield was Shipley, Bayliss, Doyle and Kelly, with Biambou and McNulty up front.

The pitch side nearest us was looking waterlogged as the rains came down making if tricky on that part of the pitch. City started the livelier with Grimmer having a shot blocked. County then had their first shot go over as the rain kept coming down but there was a good atmosphere in the ground. Then a real chance as Shipley play McNulty through and he was unlucky when he beat the keeper but hit the post a Biambou follow up shot was deflected wide. City were playing the better football compared to Notts’ hoofball tactic. The ref already had to give their keeper a couple of warnings for time wasting and the official was poor. After a quarter of an hour gone and an attack by County saw Stokes bring down their player Tootle, the ref booked our defender and I couldn’t argue with the booking. The free kick was swung in with good pace and Forte got a header on it, Burge looked beaten until he managed to kick the ball away when it looked goal bound. At the other end a through ball was sent in and McNulty tried to go for it but was impeded by one of their players the ref somehow saw it as a McNulty foul and had to have words with the forward, Doyle came in and picked up a stupid yellow card for descent. City were still buzzing but were desperate for a goal and came close when Bayliss, a real handful, found McNulty who put in a cross and Biambou’s shot was smothered on the line by the keeper. Bayliss then fired wide as the rains eased.

The second half saw Grimmer put one over with a header in an entertaining game. Minutes later a County attack saw the ball stop in a puddle Grimmer lost out in a sliding tackle, I thought it was a foul; Jones got the ball and crossed to Forte who cleverly beat Burge with a back-heel to give County the lead. The way side now looked to have the momentum as Burge saved. After regaining their composure City got back into the game roared on by the crowd as Shipley had a shot. Bayliss was causing trouble again this time shooting just wide. The first sub for City saw Ponticelli replace Shipley. The ref got it wrong again minutes later when McNulty seemed to be dragged down just outside the area but if the ref gave it he would of have to give a red card as well. Minutes later Grimmer was brought down but in a safer position so the ref gave a free kick and a yellow card. McNulty had a shot blocked as City still searched for a leveller. Then with 15 to go one of the County players clearly dived in a counter attack, the ref fell for it and booked Hyam. Biambou set up Kelly for a blast that was blocked before former City player Stead fired wide at the other end. County were defending well but nothing seemed to be dropping for City. Clarke-Harris replaced Biambou as we were already in the last ten minutes. With four minutes for normal time left Bayliss raced in to the area and went down, a massive penalty appeal from the home fans and the ref gave it. Hard to say from were I was sitting but the penalty divided opinion. McNulty took it send the keeper the wrong way and we were level. Now City looked like they could snatch a win as according to Mark Robins the ref missed a deliberate handball in the box. Davis and Clarke-Harris both went close before the game came to an end.

So all level for an interesting night in Nottingham on Friday on a ground we haven’t won in years, perfect time to do that now.

Man of the match
1st Tom Bayliss: Player of the season
2nd Michael Doyle: Typical performance
3rd Liam Kelly: Back to his early season form
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun May 06, 2018 9:13 am

Coventry City Vs Morecambe


So the last league game of the season was upon us and City only needed a point to make the play offs whilst Morecambe needed likewise to avoid relegation. It was a hot day at The Ricoh as double the normal attendance turned up to see the game. The line up was in goal and playing his 100th league game Burge, at the back was Grimmer, Davis, Hyam and Stokes, with Shipley, Doyle, Kelly and Bayliss in midfield, up front was Clarke-Harris and McNulty. Earlier in the season we made Morecambe look like promotion contenders one of the many slip ups this season the reason why we were not heading for automatic promotion.

The game got underway with City on the front foot. It was in the 6th minute when the first action took place with the ball dropping to Doyle he blasted one on target from outside the area only for the Shrimpers keeper Roach to pull off a great save by tipping it over the bar. In these modern days scores filter through almost instantly and after 7 we heard that Mansfield were a goal down at home, three minutes later Lincoln also fell behind a play off place and a top six finish was already almost looking certain. It was no surprise that the away side were sitting back and defending in numbers but they did look like a footballing side when they had the ball. A great run from Bayliss caused concern for the away side before he was stopped. In truth not much was going on as we could relax. Stokes put one over before Clarke-Harris headed wide. The ref then had to call a halt to the game because of a clash of heads but thankfully Bayliss was alright to continue. Then City had a great chance as Shipley crossed Clarke-Harris was left unmarked and seemed destined to score but Roach was out and pulled off a brilliant save. Half time no goals.

In the interval we had a parade of former players being Legend’s Day.

Morecambe had an attack early in the half firing wide. Soon they were back defending again. Shipley then had to go off with an injury and was replaced by Reid. There was a good atmosphere in the ground as our first ever play-off place was getting closer. Bayliss got an effort on target as the game went on. Now into the last 20 minutes the home crowd was getting frustrated by the lack of urgency from the Sky Blues, even Reid refused to go forward. With Morecambe wearing the same colours of Bristol City this reminded me of reports of a game between City and Bristol City back in the 1970’s. Biambou replaced Clarke-Harris but no one was bothered in scoring. News from elsewhere meant both Mansfield and Lincoln had drawn level but City were still coasting to a play off. Burge kept a clean sheet as only two others have kept more league clean sheets in a season, Bill Morgan and Bill Glazier. The ref decided to blow his whistle which sparked a pitch invasion by the City fans to celebrate the end of 48 years of hurt (last top six finish). Soon the City fans moved over to the away end to applaud the Morecambe following and they applauded back after securing their place in League Two next season. It was a bit of an anti-climax but we have now a double header against nasty Notts County to face.

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1st Tom Bayliss: Only one looked like he wanted to score
2nd Michael Doyle: Ran midfield
3rd Liam Kelly: Also did alright
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Apr 29, 2018 10:41 am

Cheltenham Town Vs Coventry City


We started the day with a nice breakfast in a café as a bit of end of the season treat. We were on Jimbo’s coaches, the lad that now runs Twist N Shout. Driving into the Wallace Pub I saw Captain America having a smoke, not hallucinating City some City fans were in fancy dress. We left The Wallace and made a slow journey down to Cheltenham thanks to delays on the motorway we reached the ground via the A roads. It was a sell out in the away end and many City fans found their way into the home end as well. No surprise that MR made changes with two at the back as Davies replaced McDonald and Stokes replaced Haynes, up front Biambou came in for Clarke-Harris, the rest of the team was Burge in goal, the rest of the defence was Grimmer and Willis, in midfield was Shipley, Bayliss, Doyle and Kelly with McNulty the other player up front. The away end seemed over sold as some fans arrived late and quite rightly demanded their seats, the fans their didn’t want to move, pushing started before punches went in before they were separated by the stewards. The team were out and we could concentrate on the game.

Four points would guarantee a play off place was we saw the kick off in the first ever competitive game at this ground that looked non-league. Town attacked our end in the first half and won a free kick just outside the area, Eisa, who seemed to win every award for players of the season before kick off took the kick and expertly put the ball over the wall but straight to Burge. The home side certainly had a height advantage and their number 7 looked taller and lankier than Vincenti. City won a corner before Eisa got one on target but Burge did well to keep it out. After a foul by Town’s Chatzitheodoridis, before reports could write down the first few letters, Doyle took the free kick quickly finding Shipley; the young midfielder got wide and played in a cross for Bayliss came in and swept the ball home to City a vital lead. A Sky Blue fare landed on the pitch as the stewards just let it burn itself out. City were buzzing as Biambou put one not too far wide at the other end. Bayliss was causing all types of troubles in midfield with his running on the ball, the midfielder then put on wide as City were on top. City kept up the pressure with an attack down the right and Grimmer whipped in great cross and McNulty got a flick header and it went past the keeper for 2-0 and his 21st league goal only one behind Eisa in the battle for the golden boot. More celebrations as we heard Mansfield were loosing at Yeovil and a play off place looked nailed on. Cheltenham were struggling to cope as the referee bravely booked Chatzitheodoridis, I think he just wrote his number down. Shipley then forced a save from Flinders the Town’s keeper. City kept going as goal difference might make the difference as we went forward again, Biambou got the ball and knocked in a cross along the ground, McNulty dummied and Shipley smashed the ball home for 3-0. What was going on? City were on fire and another goal for Shipley who has been overshadowed by Bayliss this season but deserves praise. Burge saved at our end as we went the into the last five minutes of the half. Willis played a long ball to their end and a defender hesitated and McNulty was in like a shot to chip the keeper it seemed to go into slow motion before the ball rolled into the next 4-0.

What a mad first half no one could quite believe it and a game that did promised to be a nervy one was looking like a stroll.

Second half warm up saw their keeper Flinders in front of our end catching the ball from his trainer from yards out to cheers every time he caught it from the City fans and I claimed I didn’t like his pancakes (see above).

They made two changes at half time with former City loan player Odelusi coming on. The first action saw Shipley forcing the keeper into a good save. City still looking the more likely with McNulty and Shipley having goes before Town broke and their hot shot Eisa raced forward, Burge came out with a sliding challenge and no arguments that he missed and brought down the player but it looked outside the box from where we were but that was the opposite end. Doyle was booked for arguing it was outside the box. The big question would it be a red or yellow card the ref settled for the later as defenders were covering in behind. Eisa, took the kick sent Burge the wrong way for 4-1 and to put him one ahead of McNulty again. This lifted Town a bit but City were looking solid at the back. Their number 7 the lankiest player around Pell then crashed to the ground claiming Doyle had elbowed him (no step ladder for Doyle) or kick him the ref was having none of that seconds later Pell got a revenge tackle on the captain and the ref on his toes flashed a yellow card in his face, a feat in itself. Meanwhile news came through that Yeovil had retaken the lead against Mansfield and City were looking at securing a play off place again. Eisa seemed the only good player they got and one many clubs would be interested next season, fired into the side netting. City soon got back on top as we attacked again, McNulty showed great skill in the box to wrong footing a defender and knocked the ball back to Grimmer, the right back got in a cross and Biambou met it with a great overhead kick to make it 5-1. Maxime went to the crowd to celebrate joined by many of his team mates, some City got on the pitch again. Biambou picked up the standard yellow card for the celebrations. Now we were looking up as we were only goals scored below Lincoln. MR decided to make his first change off went Bayliss after a great game and on came Read to give them new problems. The winger’s first touch played in McNulty wide of the goal, “now a chance for his hat trick”, I said as the curled it around the keeper for a great finish 6-1! Now City were up to 6th and McNulty was on 23 league goals a total not seen since Bobby Gould was a player. That was the last action for McNulty as he was taken off and replaced by Ponticelli. Not long after Clarke-Harris replaced Biambou. Sadly news came through that Mansfield had come from behind to be leading at Yeovil so celebrations were slightly muted. Kelly got a shot in on target and that was the last action of the game. There was a half-hearted pitch invasion by the fans as we knew we still need a point to secure a play of place.

A decent journey back saw us home soon still in a little bit of shock of the 6-1 victory.

Man of the Match
1st Marc McNulty: Scored three, was involved in another two
2nd Tom Bayliss: Another good game need to hold onto him in the summer
3rd Jordan Shipley: Another product of the youth academy



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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:31 am

Coventry City Vs Lincoln City


So a big crunch play-off six pointer as we took on Lincoln at the Ricoh. With the teams level on points a victory for either side would keep them in with an outside chance of automatic promotion. A good following from Lincoln boosted the attendance to over 13,000 on a wet night on a Tuesday. MR made the cardinal sin of changing a winning side with Ponticelli, who seems to have to score to stay in the side was replaced by Bayliss, the rest of the line up was the same with Burge in goal, Grimmer, Willis, McDonald and Haynes at the back, Doyle, Kelly and Shipley making up the rest of the defence and Clarke-Harris and McNulty up front.

The game got underway and the Imps attacked towards the North Stand in the first half and got the ball in the box it fell to the big Matt Rhead but he finished really well with a volley, 1-0 to Lincoln, I commented “It’s like Yeovil all over again”. If City score first we normally win if we concede first we rarely win, but we did at their ground. Not surprisingly Lincoln were lifted by the early goal and their fans and were giving City all types of problems with the big number 9 Rhead, playing like a mobile Akinfenwa winning headers. City were holding on somewhat as they went close on a number of occasions. In the 16th minute they won a corner and this was caught cleanly by Burge he tried to get the ball moving but was clearly obstructed by two Lincoln players, the ref either missed it or played the advantage because the keeper threw the ball out, Rhead went down seemingly injured as Clarke-Harris got the ball and raced up field and past a player or two before knocking in a low cross to Bayliss who drove the ball home to level the game up. City were now back in the game as McNulty had a shot pushed away for a corner form the ex City loan keeper Ryan Allsop. It was a cracking game with both teams attacking when a draw would have suited both. Lincoln were another team that were masters of the dark arts and getting away with it. McDonald put a header wide whilst at the other end Bayliss headed away from a corner. City had another couple of half chances as they seemed to be getting on top. Their always was the danger of a counter attack and a long ball was won yet again by Rhead and flicked on and Palmer was on hand to stick the ball home to give them the lead back. City attacked from the kick off with McNulty running at the defence before he was crowded out but City immediately won back possession and found Bayliss he passed to Shipley who turned smartly in the area to make it 2-2. End-to-end stuff but the referee drew the anger of the crowd when Clarke-Harris won the ball with a stamp but no Lincoln player was near him and was booked, earlier the ref gave a lecture but nothing else to Rhead for an elbow. City needed to hang on to half time to gain the advantage but a defence that at one time in the season was on course for all types of record fell apart as Palmer scrambled the ball home for 3-2. So in the last three and a half home games we have seen 21 goals!


City started well in the second half as Lincoln sat back and started to waste time. Clarke-Harris got a header on target. It was mostly City but we were struggling to break down the Lincoln defence. Their fans sang “your only here to see the City”, which was correct. City won several corners but the delivery wasn’t good enough. Finally the ref got his book out and showed a yellow to Green for diving but they got away with a lot worse. MR made his first chance but it was a strange one, off went a disgruntled Clarke-Harris after playing well and on came Biambou. The sub should have made an impact when from a corner he went down in the box, looking every inch a cast iron penalty but not to the ref, Lincoln broke and Frecklington was left one-on-one with Burge and scored, Biambou was booked for protesting that he should have had a spot kick. Goal difference might still be important as Rhead again won a header but Bayliss did really well to clear it off the line. Ponticelli replaced Shipley with over 15 minutes to go. City came close to closing the arrears as Allsop did well to keep out a Biambou shot. Then a great opportunity as a cross went in and Ponticelli blasted over when he should have scored. Lincoln continued to waste time as the ref. A succession of Lincoln players started to enter the book including Allsop for time wasting as the ref had already gave them seven final warnings. The Imps counter-attacked again and it needed a good save by Burge to stop the score line increasing.

So a disappointing defeat and the top six is looking increasingly difficult to reach but with a three point gap over Mansfield we would all settle for 7th.

Man of the Match
1st: Tom Bayliss: Was everywhere, scored one, one assist and cleared one off the line.
2nd Jonson Clarke-Harris: Should have stayed on
3rd: Michael Doyle: Tried to run things from midfield
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sat Apr 21, 2018 11:37 am

Coventry City Vs Stevenage

So a match on a Friday night and chance to pile pressure onto Mansfield. Arrived at The Ricoh at 7.05, dug in my pocket and pulled out my debit card, oopps picked the wrong card up. Thankfully I had 40 minutes to kick off so raced home to pick up the season ticket and raced back only taking 17 minutes five seconds on my bike for the return journey and I hit every red light. In the ground ten minutes before kick off. The team news was the same as Crawley bar Shipley replacing the tired Bayliss in midfield, in goal was Burge, with Grimmer, Willis, McDonald and Haynes at the back, in midfield was Doyle and Kelly with McNulty, Ponticelli and Clarke-Harris up front. It was a very pleasant day as 8,000+ turned up to see if there was any hang over from our last league game here that 6-2 defeat against Yeovil. Stevenage were mathematically safe from relegation and couldn’t reach the play offs.

It is always good to get a fast start and after a couple of minutes Clarke-Harris chased a ball back to the keeper, their keeper, King kicked the ball up field but J C-H got his ankle to it and turned, he played in McNulty who decided to have a blast but the keeper let it slip trough his hands and City took the lead. City were buzzing and could sense the away side were on the ropes already. McNulty got into position and fired in a better shot this time the keeper dealt with it and pushed it over the bar. Shipley took the flag kick and picked out Willis, his header seemed goal bound but McNulty made sure by turning the ball home for 2-0 and his 20th league goal of the season. Five minutes gone City two up and flying it looked like our goal difference was going to be helped as well. City kept up the pressure as Clarke-Harris slipped his man and had a clear run down the wing before he was hacked down, the ref angered the crowd by not showing a yellow card. With City in control suddenly there was a mistake, McDonald miss placed a pass and Newton intercepted he squared to Revell who only had Burge to beat and he did to bring the away side back into the game. Minutes later Doyle went in for a tackle which seemed fair but referee again angered the crowd by showing him a yellow. The ref then had a long lecture with Revell for diving but again no booking, another Stevenage player threw a City player down off the ball and still no booking. City got their composure back as Kelly got into the area but was deigned by the keeper. At the other end City seemed to be a little jittery as Haynes missed placed a pass and Newton fired not too far wide. With ten minutes to go Ponticelli found Shipley he played in Kelly and the midfielder blasted the ball past the keeper for his first goal for the club and well deserved as he was playing well. City now back on top but Stevenage but still looking dangerous but only in the tackling as Doyle was brought Doyle and a split second later McNulty was poleaxed by Wilkinson the type of tackle that has players remonstrating with the ref. The official had no choice but to send him off and Stevenage were down to ten. Thankfully after some treatment McNulty was fit, Jodi Jones ended his season at their ground. In the dieing minutes of the half Doyle had a shot blocked by J C-H played in Kelly and his clever shot hit the crossbar before the ref blew for half time.

For the second half it was a case of “let’s not get embarrassed”, seemed the mantra from the former Nuneaton Town manager now in charge at Stevenage. The away side won an early corner that was cleared and we saw J C-H race out of the box he knocked the ball in front of him and did two Stevenage players for pace before rounding another before a tackle came in to take the ball off him but a great run by a player back to the level he played at a few games ago. With Stevenage looking to keep it tight and City not going gun-ho it was the best of spectacles in the second half, the atmosphere, however was superb with the "Naught Corner" blasting out “Twist N Shout” for most of the half. A one time the hard core section of the dedicated away following got up and danced along with their mobile phone lights on. Grimmer fired at the keeper in the 65th minute before the home crowd broke into a rendition of “The Sky Blue song” as well as Sisu out. It was certainly the best atmosphere for a home game of the season. McNulty got a header but could only direct it at the keeper. The manager made a double substitution off went Clarke-Harris after a good game and was replaced by Biambou and Ponticelli who worked hard was replaced by Reid. City were still controlling the game when Kelly did well to escape a challenge to come away with the ball but the Stevenage player wasn’t so lucky, he looked like he damaged his knee very much in the way Jones did at their place. As he was being treated McNulty was deep in conversation with their keeper and was only too keen to show the stud marks on his thigh to another player. The injured player was stretchered off to applauses from around the ground. McNulty was then taken off and replaced by “Tubby” Barrett who waddled on. Reid fired one so wide it went out for a throw in before Barrett blasted one over. Reid had another chance robbing a player his fired at the keeper. Barrett then put a free kick over the bar when it came back off the wall before the ref blew for full time and a big three points.

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1st Liam Kelly: Best game for us so far
2nd Johnson Clarke-Harris Back to his best
3rd Jordan Shipley Played his part in the game



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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Apr 15, 2018 9:57 am

Crawley Town Vs Coventry City

What is it about me and this stadium on a personal front? Last time I was here it wasn’t long after my mum had died now I travel here after I heard the business I have been working in for 19 years had gone into administration and had ceased trading. Oh well, the trip down took three hours after a coffee break we hit heavy traffic around the M25. Still got to Crawley in plenty of time and parked for nothing in the stewarded industrial estate a minutes walk from the ground. Inside the ground the team news came in, now MR was criticized for the negative team he put out at Notts but this time he went on the attack playing a 4-3-3 formation. In goal was Burge, with Grimmer, Willis, McDonald and Haynes at the back, in midfield was Doyle, Bayliss and Kelly with McNulty, Ponticelli and Clarke-Harris up front. The last time we were here City won a survived whilst Crawley were relegated to League Two.

With news that Mansfield had won at Chesterfield earlier City now were outside the top 7 and desperately needed a win to get back. City started attacking the far end in the first half and a McNulty cross along the ground wasn’t dealt with a Ponticelli pounced to tap the ball home and to give us the perfect start. “We are going up”, sang some fans. The home side responded well and pushed City back and getting a couple of shots on target the second he did well to block. Only eight minutes after we scored another good move saw the home side grab some space in the area and Lewis Young drove past Burge to level the game up and dump City back outside the play off zone. It was now mostly Crawley as they kept passing the ball around and City couldn’t get their foot on the ball. Thankfully City’s defence was up to the task as the side worked hard to stay in the game. A misses place pass then saw Clarke-Harris given the ball and he unleashed a good shat that needed tipping over the bar by the town keeper. City slowly started to gain a foothold back in midfield and began to go forward again. City improved as the half went on and in the last five minutes had a great chance as Kelly seemed to have an age on the ball in the area but his shot was straight at the keeper. Half time all level

The second half started with City attacking the away end. As it was getting nervous we nearly had that sinking feeling when Crawley’s Smith on his 150 appearance for the club was left unmarked in the area but he somehow put it wide of Burge’s goal. The City manager then went for a change; going 4-4-2 he brought on Reid on the wing to replace Bayliss and switched Ponticelli wide. We then waited for Kyel to get his first touch and City seemed intent on attacking down the other wing. The game was scrappy as Doyle picked up a yellow card and still no touch for Reid. The manager decided on another change and off went Clarke-Harris, who didn’t have the best of games and on came Biambou. The forward did make a difference as he started to win a few headers, Reid still waiting for his first touch. Then a chance for City as the ball broke McNulty raced in on goal but the keeper was out quickly and forced a corner. Finally after 13 minutes Reid got a touch as he took the corner and promptly curled it out for a goal kick, typical. McNulty got another shot on target as City started to get forward more. McNulty then went wide with a shot as City started to put the pressure on the home side. We then came close as Grimmer had a chance but it was from a narrow angle the keeper saved. City kept going and Biambou laid the ball off to Ponticelli and aim the bottom corner it took a slight deflection but ended up in the net, the place went mad, suddenly we were back in the play off zone and had over ten minutes to see out the game. Willis had to go off with an injury and was replaced by Davies. Smith missed another good chance at the other end but City were professional in seeing out the game by taking the ball to the corner, in the game at the Ricoh Crawley wasted more time than any other team I can ever remember, so this was great to see. In the last second of injury time, City switched from holding onto the ball to attack and the ball was worked to Biambou who only had the keeper to beat but miscued it embarrassingly wide. The keeper took the kick but the ref blew for full time and a vital win for the Sky Blues and up into 6th place.

It’s the points at count at this time of the season and not the performance and for the first time I can remember end of season fatigue hasn’t settled in and not likely to either. After another coffee break I got home 12 hours after I left the house.

Man of the match.
1st Jordan Ponticelli: Two goals living up to his potential at last
2nd Maxime Biambou: Made a difference when he came on.
3rd Marc McNulty Set up one goal worked hard all day

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:10 am

Notts County Vs Coventry City


So a massive game at Meadow Lane on a ground we hadn’t won on since the early 1960’s. Changes were made for the game after the 6-2 against Yeovil as Davies and Stokes returned to the back, Kelly and Shipley in midfield and Biambou up front the rest of the team was Burge in goal, McDonald and Grimmer in defence, Bayliss and Doyle in midfield with Doyle moving to 11th on the all time league appearance list for City and up front was McNulty. A large following of just over 4,000 from Coventry packed out the Jimmy Sirrell Stand.

Both sides had slow starts to the game but Notts players did tend to go down too easily and the referee was not having a good game. Both defences were on top with McNulty and especially Biambou not getting a look in as City all time record loan appearance holder Richard Duffy was marshalling the defence. A chance did come to City but unfortunately it fell to McDonald who blasted it over. Not a great game but very tense and not much happening either. County did get a shot on target late on in the half before the ball fell to the wrong player again this time it was Kelly that blasted high. City were playing the better football as the game went on but the forward two were not involved in the game to often as the ref liked to pull up play for the slightest of knocks. Half time no goals but as the players were leaving the field it seemed that Biambou was complaining about being not given too much protection the ref had enough blew his whistle and flashed a yellow card, Maxime sarcastically applauded the booking and had to be pushed away from a possibility red card by Clarke-Harris.


Second half and it was no surprise as Clarke-Harris replaced Biambou, Maxime wasn’t playing well but looked odds on to be sent off. First action of the half saw Noble go studs up on Doyle and picked up the first yellow card during play (as Biambou was booked in-between halves). The ref now decided to throw out cards as he had already failed to control the game first off Ameobi went into the book as he had being fouling and falling over all game then McDonald followed for reasons unknown. We then had some action concerning football as Burge had to be alert by slapping out a strong shot. Bayliss then followed in the book with a pull something other players were getting away with. County won a corner on the hour and it was delivered and flicked on leaving Forte to head home and by the reaction of Burge who protested strongly to the officials looks like they may have been an infringement but the keeper was booked. County were now on the up as they smacked the right hand post in Burge’s goal. Finally MR made a change as Bayliss went off and was replaced by Ponticelli. County went close with a long range shot. City were clawing their way back into the game and in the 84th minute finally got a shot on target as Clarke-Harris headed into the hands of the keeper. A minute later another attack saw the ball in the box McNulty tried an overhead kick and as the ball bounced round Ponticelli back-healed it and sent it into the back of the net for his first goal and to draw City level. Much rejoicing in the away stand but maybe the players were celebrating to as County swept forward from the kick off and Forte guided the ball home to give them the lead back. City pilled on the pressure as Barrett came on but to no avail as City hung on to 7th place and face a battle to make the play offs.

Man of the Match
1st Rod McDonald: Solid at the back
2nd Michael Doyle: Awesome, according to Paul but he always says that
3rd Jordan Ponticelli: Got a goal
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Tue Apr 03, 2018 8:33 am

Coventry City Vs Yeovil Town


We were on the one year’s anniversary of the Check-a-trade win at Wembley as we took on Yeovil at home. Only one change from the Newport game for City whilst Yeovil had a game called off on Good Friday so had a nice rest. The team was in goal Burge with Grimmer, Hyam, McDonald, Haynes, in midfield was Vincenti, Doyle, Bayliss and Reid leaving Clarke-Harris and McNulty up front.

The game got underway and C-H had an early shot go wide. The Glovers won the first corner and it was delivered Burge went for it but couldn’t get enough on it a Fisher was on hand to stick it home. A bad start we had the bet record for defending set pieces in the division. “Still plenty of time to make a come back”, we thought. They went close again. Then it began it fall apart Doyle lost possession in midfield and Yeovil attacked McDonald left Zoko unmarked to help out Hyam but the player he was marking slipped the ball to Zoko and he beat Burge 2-0. City hit back as Reid found room and fired in a cross but somehow Vincenti, unmarked couldn’t make contact with the ball and it went out for a throw in. A minute later we couldn’t believe it Fisher was left all alone to beat the on-rushing Burge to make it 3-0 in 15 minutes. The best defence in the division was being ripped apart by an average side. City tried to recover from that as Yeovil were in cruise control. Doyle looked angry and looked most likely to be sent off. Reid looked City’s best hope and he put in a good cross only for McNulty to head over. Robins then decided he had to do something and he took off Vincenti who did look poor and replaced him with Biambou. It also filtered that Mansfield were winning so we were out of the top seven. The substitution made a difference as City started to push forward and Reid had a shot blocked before Biambou got one on target. The crowd were now getting behind the team again which is giving great credit to the fans. McNulty put one wide before at the other end thankfully the linesman’s flag was up as Fisher dived in to head the ball into the net. Hyam had a shot on target as City needed a goal before half time but didn’t get one and were not surprisingly booed off.

We saw to our surprise O’Brien warming up and he was a half time sub only the 12th keeper to be a sub for City. The Sky Blues needed an early goal and from the off Bayliss went on a great run beating two players he tried to get around the third but fell down but despite being on his back he poked the ball through to McNulty he entered the area and squared it to Biambou who side footed it home to give the fans hope. Reid had a shot blocked as City had the momentum before the same player had a shot saved. As City were looking dangerous the visitors broke and Zoko outpaced Hyam and easily beat O’Brien to make it 4-1. Out joint heaviest away defeat of the season was at Yeovil. City, to their credit kept pushing when people stared to say “we are back in the play off zone”, Luton had levelled with Mansfield and we were 7th again. Biambou headed one wide but a minute later he had everyone out of their seats as McNulty knocked the ball back to well outside the area and the sub superbly volleyed one in to make it three goals from the bench in the last two games. The attendance even seemed to be mocking us as it was announced that 8,787 (87-87) were in the ground. Then McNulty was played in but he couldn’t finish. A final change for City as Barrett replaced Haynes and Reid dropped back to left back. The new sub almost made a great impact by just failing to get onto the end of a through ball into the box. McNulty had a shot blocked and then one cleared off the line. Any hopes of a come back were killed ten minutes to go as Surridge got through and beat O’Brien for their 5th goal. Biambou then came very close to a hat trick as his shot hit the underside of the bar. In the dieing minutes they should have scored again but somehow defenders got back to prevent a shot on target but could do nothing as they added the 6th in stoppage time.

It was a mad day seven shots six goals the defence just falling apart and Yeovil had scored eight goals against us this season which is 21% of the league goals conceded this season so far. Thankfully we are still in the top seven and have a crunch tie against fading fast Notts County on Saturday two points above us.

Man of the match
1st Maxime Biambou: Found his goal scoring touch
2nd Kyle Reid: One of the heroes from a year ago played well today
3rd Tom Bayliss: Drove forward from midfield



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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sat Mar 31, 2018 9:11 am

Newport County Vs Coventry City


It was a wet day as we headed for our first ever competitive game at Rodney Parade. We made it to the ground after a longer then expected journey and despite my stand saying “end” thankfully I was on the side of the ground because the end had open terracing where quite a few City fans were getting wet. The line up was as normal with Burge in goal, Grimmer, McDonald, Hyam and Haynes at the back, Vincenti, Bayliss, Doyle and Shipley in midfield with Clarke-Harris and McNulty up front.

A big following, highly praised by some in the Newport crowd saw the game get off in the pouring rain. First action saw former City player David Pipe hack down Shipley but the free kick came to nothing. City started of well when a great cross came in and Shipley planted a header just wide when maybe he should have scored. Burge had a standard save to pull off but City were looking the better side. Newport have along throw expert in Ben Tozer who uses a towel to dry the ball before a throw the first time he did this prompted a big cry of “ball tampering” from me, Kev thought it was funny anyway. City kept up the pressure and had a real good chance when a quick throw from Burge and a sweeping attack saw Shipley play in McNulty but Day, the Newport keeper was off his line quickly and the forward fired over. Then a real great cross along the ground by Grimmer seemed to behind everyone. City were on top but couldn’t score then the real sucker-punch as Newport put a good move together ending with Demetriou side footing home to give the home side a goal up. Haynes had a chance but the half ended with Newport on the way to completing the double over City.

Newport made a change and on came former City forward Frank Nouble who wanted to ruin our season something picked up by the away fans and he was booed throughout. The Ironsides, as they were once called, started off better in the second half and came close to a second when Dolan blasted one just wide of Burge’s post. At the other end Clarke-Harris had a shot into the keeper as the City fans got behind the team with some great support. Newport had a shot blocked as City were struggling to get forward. City conceded a free kick and when the delivery came over Amond headed the ball and it looked goal-bound until Burge flung and arm at the ball he deflected it up and over the bar, quite an incredible save. The corner came over and again Amond hit it but this time it was Hyam got back and somehow cleared the ball over the bar. Change was needed and it came when Reid replaced Shipley. McNulty had a shot on target but it was his last action as he was surprisingly replaced by Ponticelli. Newport were now time wasting as much as they could but were a good home side. Despite that Reid was bringing City back into the game. At the other end Nouble wasn’t proving to be much of a danger and City looked to get back into the game. Haynes picked up the first yellow card of the game before the final change saw Biambou replace Vincenti. Almost immediately the ball broke at the back and Reid had a run but being wide could go for goal but instead swung a great ball to the far post where Biambou steamed in to level the game up and us and the soggy one behind the goal and chance to jump up and down. Flares went off as fans still got them into the ground despite the mass searches we have going into away games these days. Newport’s O’Brien was lucky to stay on the pitch with a two footed challenge, picking up a yellow card. City were looking dangerous and Reid had a chance to swing in a cross but the ref blew to allow a Newport player received treatment. In the end no team could find a winner and we were quite happy with a point.

Man of the match
1st Lee Burge: Great save
2nd Dominic Hyam: Defended well and a great clearance
3rd Kyle Reid: Turned the game
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Mar 25, 2018 10:19 am

Coventry City Vs Grimsby Town


In the race for promotion next we faced Grimsby at home. The Mariners have failed to win a league game in the last seventeen outings as their new manager was in charge for the third time. Main headlines from the team news was that McSheffrey would start for City which meant we had two the four youngest ever players to play for City today with Clarke-Harris starting up front with McNulty. In midfield we had Shipley, Doyle, Bayliss and Vincenti, with Grimmer, Hyam, McDonald and Haynes at the back and back in goal was Burge.

A good following from Lincolnshire made the noise as the game got underway with McNulty firing wide after a pass from Bayliss. Grimsby were trying to get forward and the danger man was Siriki who gave us problems at their ground earlier in the season. At the other end Vincenti set up McNulty who just fired wide. Shipley was the first to get a shot on target but no trouble for their keeper. The visitors then came close with a shot that beat Burge but was blocked. As normal the defence was looking solid and McSheffrey was being well marshalled playing in the number 10 role. The referee and linesmen were not having great games either prompting both sets of fans to sing independently “you don’t know what you are doing”. City were struggling to get going as both sides looked like they were close to each other in the table. Bayliss went on a good run down the wing but nothing came of it. At the other end it took a great tackle from Grimmer in the box to prevent a shot on target. McNulty then managed to get a header on target but straight at the keeper. With ten to go Bayliss got into a good position but blasted well wide with many blaming the pitch which is looking better but is still in a poor state. City’s fullbacks were adventuring forward well and the ref awarded a free kick in the right hand corner when Grimmer was brought down. Shipley took the set piece and picked out Vincenti who headed past the keeper to give us the lead. It was his second home goal in row. Grimsby have conceded more goals from set pieces than anyone else and City have conceded the fewest. City saw out the first half without any trouble.

Despite having an incredible defensive record we still needed a second goal and Clarke-Harris went close early on with an effort. In the away end either Grimsby fans moved down towards the bottom or fans just arrived forcing the stewards to form a line to prevent any pitch invasion in case they scored. Grimsby then had a good spell pushing City back. City weathered the mini storm and started to get on top in midfield again with Bayliss giving them problems. With ten minutes gone they won a corner it was cleared before Doyle won the ball in midfield he sent Grimmer on a run down the wing he found Clarke-Harris, the forward advanced into the area drawing defenders towards him then he slipped a square ball to McNulty who was totally unmarked and tapped in to make it 2-0. It was his first goal from open play for ten games. City were now coasting but maybe a bit to causal as Burge threw the ball out to Bayliss he wasn’t paying attention and Grimsby attacked but the defence cleared up the danger as McDonald headed off the line. Later Burge had to come out of his box to punch clear just above a Grimsby player but the ball didn’t find touch but no worries as Hyam and the defenders were there to snuff out any danger. Mark Robins decided on a double change with 16 minutes to go taking off two of the best players on the day, Bayliss and Vincenti and sending on Reid and Kelly. At the other end Siriki tried three step-overs in a row before comically running the ball out for a goal kick. City were in a novel situation of winning by more than one goal when Clarke-Harris forced the keeper into a save and won a corner. Shipley took it and The Mariners deficiencies from the dead-ball surfaced again as McNulty got a header on target the keeper did really well to keep it out but the forward reacted and rammed the ball home with his head to make it three and to put the forward on twenty goals in all competitions this season. This prompted some away fans to leave as we could check on the scores in League Two. A final swap saw Clarke-Harris go off after a good shift and on came Biambou. McNulty now desperate for his hat trick tried a shot from distance along the ground that I could have saved from the stands. A better blast came in from Reid forcing the keeper into a good save. City were looking more likely to add to the score as Biambou sent McNulty clear but the keeper saved. City kept going and Reid advanced and picked out McNulty who gleefully volleyed home to complete his hat trick only the third one at The Ricoh for City. So, for once we could relax and enjoy the end of the game, a good win against a poor side and another game on Friday.

Man of the match
1st Marc McNulty: Three goals today and over 20 goals all season
2nd Tom Bayliss: Looked good in midfield
3rd: Peter Vincenti Proving his critics wrong


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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Mar 18, 2018 9:57 am

Crewe Alexandra Vs Coventry City


This was my 10th visit to Gresty Road so a familiar old ground. Two things we can look forward to at the ground is by far the best old programme shop in the league and by all accounts an excellent chip shop over the road but the chip shop was boarded up to our surprise the guys in the programme shop said the owners wife ran off with the fish supplier. Anyway Paul bought a fist full of old City programmes before we entered the ground. It was a very cold day as the latest reports of Baker’s carrier pigeon was spotted walking in London heading for the tube and League HQ (It arrived later he is now a City player, Baker not the pigeon). We were in the ground an hour before kick off and processed to see the snow come down heavily whilst the players were on a pre-warm up kick about. The team news saw Burge out with illnesses an O’Brien replacing him the rest of the line up was the same that started against Luton. The outfield was, defenders, Grimmer, McDonald, Hyam and Haynes, midfield Vincenti, Doyle, Bayliss and Shipley and up front Clarke-Harris and McNulty. The lines on the pitch was cleared another snow flurry before the sun came out and melted most of the snow before kick off time, bizarre. Before kick off we heard Lincoln had won and City started outside the play off zone.

A good turn out for City and a bad one for Crewe nothing changes in Cheshire. Alexandra had the first chance was former loan player Jamie Sterry fired wide. After five minutes City attacked down the left and Clarke-Harris got the ball in the area as soon as I could say “beat him Jonno”, the forward fired in a shot that may have taken a deflection but it went in a perfect start. Some media gave it an on own goal but it was down to the forward. A couple of blue flares made it onto the pitch and they were cleared before play could re-continue. City were playing well and Bayliss had a shot save. Crewe had to make a change because of an injury. City continued to be on top and looking by far the better side when McNulty went close. Bayliss was proving to be a handful as he won a corner. Meanwhile we had nothing from Crewe. This was to change on the half hour mark as another former loan player Shaun Miller got a header in that O’Brien did well to keep out. City were still running the game but then a cross came in and O’Brien pulled off a great save but the ball fell to Bowery who had an easy header to draw the team level. City didn’t let their heads down and struck back with Clarke-Harris, who was a real handful won a corner. Late in the half Clarke-Harris got the ball again and played in Bayliss he was allowed to run at the defence he fire and City regained the lead. We went into injury time and according to me we were playing well past the end of the half when they won a free kick just outside the area; thankfully they put it over the bar.

Second half Kelly was on replacing Bayliss who must have been injured. Clarke-Harris had a shot on the turn. McNulty put one wide. City were looking comfortable with Doyle ruling midfield and Kelly doing well after coming on. There was a strong wind making it difficult for goal kicks or long balls. With only a goal lead City could still throw it away. They did have a shot on target but straight at O’Brien. Clarke-Harris got another attempt on target as City were struggling to finish them off. McNulty then couldn’t get a shot on target before he played in Kelly and he should have scored. By now we should have been clear but wasn’t. Vincenti show some neat skill to bring the ball away from the defence and send McNulty on the attack. Again both forwards had shots on target but we just couldn’t find the third goal. Reid then replaced Shipley in the second change meanwhile a third former City loan player came on as Chris Dagnall entered the field. The ref now seemed to be giving everything the home side’s way. Ponticelli came on late to replace Vincenti as City had more chances but saw out the game in fine style.

Man of the match
1st Michael Doyle: Ran midfield
2nd Jonson Clarke-Harris: Too strong
3rd Rod McDonald: Kept it type


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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Wed Mar 14, 2018 8:43 am

Coventry City Vs Luton Town


So a game against a team that were first in this league for a most of the season and had the biggest budget in League Two reflected by an attacking team that still could score 100 league goals. They, not surprisingly had a good following from Luton on a mild night. We heard the news that the pigeon carrying Carl Baker’s international clearance still not arrived at League HQ from India we had to wait another game for his second debut. The full team was Burge in goal, with Grimmer, McDonald, Hyam and Haynes at the back, Shipley, Doyle, Bayliss and Vincenti in midfield leaving Clarke-Harris and McNulty up front.

Luton won a first minute corner that was caught by Burge. City attacked up the other end as Haynes had the ball he approached two Luton players and performed The Marseille Turn, i.e. back to the opponents and a sharp 180% turn whilst the ball under control, it fooled the Luton players and Haynes got past them, with everyone amazed by his piece of skill the fullback picked out Bayliss whose shot was parried by their keeper only for Vincenti on had to knock the ball home, what a start great celebrations in the home sections. The lanky winger’s inclusion in the starting line-up raised a few eyebrows but it looked a good decision by the manager. Now Luton started to come forward showing why they had scored so many goals but City were also showing why we don’t concede many as well. The PA in the away end urged Luton fans to sit down and the Luton fans quite rightly refused. After a shot was blocked at our end Shipley fired just wide at the other with a good atmosphere in the ground. Coventry born and pre-season target James Collins then had a shot on target. Another attack saw a clash of heads and after an advantage the ref called on the physio to look at Hyam who had a head injury, thankfully was alright as we can’t afford another central defender to get injured. It was entertaining stuff but Luton were looking dangerous when Rea fired one in from distance it hit the post at the back of the net but from the away end it looked like it was in and the Luton fans’ celebration was cut short before City fans mimicked the celebration in a glorious mocking style. City were getting forward whenever we could and McNulty and Shipley both had shots on target in a short space of time. A set piece for City almost came to something as the ball was crossed McDonald wasn’t that far away from making contact. City were still battling to keep them out at the other end before Shipley curled one wide. The Luton fans meanwhile wanted someone out of their club, which amazed me since their budget and high position in the table. We needed to make it to halftime without conceding but in injury time City won a dangerous free kick just outside the area. Thoughts went back to Kenilworth Road were Shipley scored from a very similar position and the Luton team no doubt were thinking the same thing but it was McNulty that stepped up and curled the ball into the left hand part of the net to give him his 15th league goal of the season and us a 2-0 lead.

Automatic promotion was back on as the second half got underway. Luton had the first chance in the half before Clarke-Harris, who was having a good game up front put one wide. After ten minutes in the second half Town won a free kick level with the penalty area and the ball was floated in, Burge couldn’t get to it leaving Cuthbert to head home to put the game back in the balance. It was still entertaining stuff as Clarke-Harris blasted one high from a free kick. First change saw Reid replace Shipley just after the first booking as Bayliss was hacked down. Collins had a shot blocked at the other end as I felt it would be difficult to hold on to a goal lead against this team. Liam Kelly then came off the bench for the first time for the club replacing Bayliss. Then a great chance as McNulty found room but their keeper saved. Kelly was then booked and from that free kick the ball was played to Collins who headed home only, thankfully for the linesman’s flag to be up for an off side. Into the last ten minutes and Burge saved well to preserve City’s lead. A couple of more chances for both sides before a good cross saw Collins head in to level the score. Now the momentum was with The Hatters but it was City looking more likely to get a winner as McNulty had a shot saved. Vincenti then went off to what the manager said was his best performance for the club as Ponticelli came on. Clarke-Harris then got one on target before in the last seconds Reid tired one from distance forcing the keeper into a good save. Finally the ref blew and despite losing a two goal lead it was a good performance from City as we re-entered the play-off zone.

Man of the Match
1st Ryan Haynes: Defended well and a great assist
2nd Michael Doyle: Helped all over the pitch
3rd Rod McDonald: A colossal at the back

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:08 am

Coventry City Vs Barnet


So after a week off we had the visit of the English Football’s bottom side as the Bees entered the Wasps’ ground. Knowing the difficulty we have against the lower teams this was a nervous game to watch. The line up was in goal and his 100th game (excluding Football League Trophy) was Burge, with Grimmer, Hyam, McDonald and Haynes at the back in midfield we had Reid, his first start this season, Doyle, Kelly and Bayliss with Clarke-Harris and McNulty up front. No Carl Baker because of International clearance was still waiting with him still being registered with the Indian club he never played for.

The gamer didn’t start too great when Grimmer manage to pass straight to a Barnet player and he played in Coulthrist who forced a save from Burge. There were certainly no parking the bus from the bottom side who looked to get forward also they liked to play football unlike previous sides managed by Graham Westley. City were struggling to get going with Reid the only forward player looking capable of opening them up. Kelly had a shot blocked in a game with the away side looking the better. City’s best hope lay at the feet of Reid and after a quarter of an hour he played a great pass to McNulty in the box with only the keeper to beat but the custodian got out and blocked with his feet. McNulty then put one wide from just outside the box. The ref meanwhile was trying to play advantage at ever opportunity and after one of these he went back to book a Barnet player in game were there wasn’t too many bad fouls. Apart from Reid City were finding it hard to get going with passing not up to much meanwhile The Bees reminded me a lot of City last seasons, defensively tight, looking good going forward but lacking the goal scoring touch. Most of their attacks were balls played behind the defence for players like Akinde to chase but McDonald and Hyman were keeping them out. Back in the game as Reid whipped in a good cross. The away side then came close as the ball was laid back to Coulthirst who blasted it on target from outside the box but Burge pulled off a great save to deign them a goal. As the half went on it was the thought that we needed to make to half time still and level and despite pressure we made it.

With scored going mostly our way we needed desperately to find a way to win the game, both forwards were not getting a look it despite hard work by McNulty and Clarke-Harris was being marked out of the game. Barnet started on the front foot in the second half as Watson fired in a shot that Burge did well to keep out as the home fans grew more nervous. City were steadily improving and won a corner but this broke and Barnet countered but McDonald just did enough to snuff out the attack. With an hour gone a change was made and it was Reid that went off, maybe he was tiring and on came Barrett. City were steadily improving as Barrett had a shot blocked before a corner and Kelly had a chance but unmarked his header hit the ground and bounced over the bar. Barnet seemed to have run out of ideas as the back four were looking sound. City were now making inroads into Barnet but were guilty of not hitting the ball, players failed just to smack the ball in box and a great chance was gone. Barrett then volleyed one high and wide as he looked for a goal of the season contender. Then with 15 minutes left McNulty received the ball on the edge of the area he played a great diagonal pass and Clarke-Harris steamed in and made good contact, was it in the side netting? No fans in the opposite stand were celebrating so it was a goal, Clarke-Harris celebrated his first league home goal fro City by taking his shirt off and was booked. Barnet made a triple substitution in a bid to rescue a point; trouble is they were facing a team with the best defensive record by far in League Two. Biambou replaced Clarke-Harris as City were looking comfortable and Barnet were looking desperate. Some good blocking including Biambou receiving a ball blasted from close range in the face. City saw out the game and temporally moved into the top 7 until Lincoln scored a third and we stayed in 8th on goals scored.

It wasn’t a great game but a case of never mind the quality, feel the points.

Man of the match
1st Rod McDonald: Defended well
2nd Lee Burge: Some important saves
3rd Kyle Reid: Much missed quality


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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Wed Feb 28, 2018 8:51 am

Wycombe Wanderers Vs Coventry City

So our very first league visit to Adams Park after playing in a memorable League Cup tie and two times in the Football League Trophy. To say it was cold was an understatement as according to Rachel the temperature hit minus ten after the game. We arrived in good time at the ground and sheltered in Monty’s a nice bar in the ground. With 45 minutes to go I made my way into the away end one of 781 mad and very cold City fans for a crunch game. This was one of our games in hand we needed a result to close in on the play offs but Wanderers are in 3rd place for a reason and bound to be up for the game after conceding four at home to Morecambe on Saturday. The line up was as expected with Hyam replacing the suspended Willis, in defence with Hyam at the back were McDonald, Grimmer and Haynes, Burge in goal, McNulty and Clark-Harris up front with Bayliss, Doyle, Kelly and Shipley in the middle. In a song from a few years back changed for the weather went “minus ten, who gives a f**k, we’re Coventry City and we’re going up”.

City wore the away grey so not to clash with Wycombe but it wasn’t easy to tell the teams apart when the action was at the far end. As the game got underway there were a song of “Squeaky Robins’ Sky Blue Army”, in reference to former Mansfield manager Steve Evans comments about our boss on a night when news came through he had resigned from Mansfield to head for Peterborough to teach them how to dive and cheat. The game itself wasn’t the best with both defences on top and City having to cope with the giant Akinfenwa. Both City’s fullbacks were keeping close tabs on a couple of tricky wide men as the home side were looking the better side. The first shot came after 17 minutes when O’Nien (not a spy) gave Burge catching practise. Bayliss then had a shot go wide at the far end as my toes were getting numb. It was a case of trying to keep warm as City were solid and Burge was catching any ball into the box. Then some excitement as the ball broke in midfield Clark-Harris got to it and knocked it forward, a Wycombe player looked favourite for the ball but the big forward showed good pace, beat him to the ball and raced into the box he squared it to McNulty but his shot was blocked by a timely tackle and the ball went out for a corner. Doyle planted a header just wide; trouble was it was just wide of Burge’s left hand post. Half time came and we were satisfied with the first half.

Local radio were disappointed with their approach play.

Second half saw City attacking the away end and City started far better and started to test out Wanderers’ defence with some neat passing. Cowan-Hall was first into the book after a very good referee cautioned him after he blocked a Burge kick from his hands. With game as frozen as my toes Squeaky Robins made an early change swapping Reid for Shipley. Neither side was finding a way through but City’s approach play gave us hope. Just after the hour mark Reid played in McNulty whose shot was deflected for a corner. The fullbacks were getting forward when ever they could and earned praised form the local radio reporters. Another change then from the boss as off went the hard working Clark-Harris for Biambou. Bayliss put a shot wide as we considered if a point would be a good result or not. Attacks at the other end were still being repulsed with Akinfenwa winning headers but the defence always getting to his 2nd ball first. Reid then went into the book for a mistimed tackle in a game played in a good spirit. Into the last ten minutes and Bayliss had a run down his right and cut into the area when stepped past a defender who tried to get the ball but brought him down PENALTY. No doubting this time it was a spot kick, I could hardly watch as McNulty pulled rank on Reid to take the kick, the top scorer stepped up to take the kick and despite the keeper going the right way he found the back of the net, a lot of jumping up and down in the away end a vital goal. McNulty tried to keep warm by joining the away fans and picked up a yellow card as he reached his 14th league goal. Now we had to hold out for the remaining eight minutes and four of injury time but Wanderers looked like they couldn’t penetrate the defence and City looked strong taking the ball into the corner, something Reid was good at and we looked more likely to make it 2-0 then them to score. Thankfully the ref blew for full time and we could celebrate a vital win and our season back on track. Mark Robins now chalked up his 32nd league win as manager that is five quicker than any of our mangers in our history.

Got home just after midnight

Man of the Match
1st Ryan Haynes: Defended well went forward
2nd Jack Grimmer: See above
3rd Rod McDonald: Won his battles with the Wanderers forwards
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Feb 25, 2018 10:06 am

Mansfield Town Vs Coventry City


For a while now I wanted to visit Fieldmill but I never thought I would be going there in a league game. Got there with not trouble to view the three sided ground that is the oldest professional ground in world football. It was a packed out away end as we heard the team news, in goal Burge with Grimmer, Willis, McDonald and Haynes at the back; in midfield we had Bayliss, Kelly, Doyle and Shipley with McNulty and Clarke-Harris up front. We had a nice touch from Mansfield who held a minute’s silence for the two Coventry boys that were recently killed in a hit and run.

City attacked the far end in the first half and started well and the second of these corners was met by Clarke-Harris and forced a good save from Mansfield’s Logan. After a good start Mansfield came back into the game but at the other end Clarke-Harris had a shot. Then after 14 minutes a long ball was played and Mansfield’s Rose was about to race past Willis but the defender brought him down and the referee had no choice but to send him off. Mansfield took the free kick and the ball took a big deflection and rolled into the unguarded net off the post. Oh flip the season looked over and we were having no luck. Grimmer moved to the centre of defence and Kelly moved to right back. Things could have got worse when Doyle flew in but only picked up a booking. The referee then had to have a word with the nasty character that is Steve Evans no one knew why he was moaning. MR made his first chance as Kelly was sacrificed on came Hyam. We were still holding on as Mansfield held on to the ball. Mansfield were getting into positions but City were defending well. City were getting close to half time without conceding again when Hemmings ran through but Burge closed him down and saved with his leg. Minutes later Hemmings then had a free header and under no pressure missed by some way. It wasn’t all one way as City had efforts from Clarke-Harris and Haynes. Half time came and we were still in the game.

Mansfield started well in the second half but they did tend to hit the deck at every opportunity whilst the ref missed a lot of fouls on Clarke-Harris off the ball. As the game went on Mansfield became increasingly frustrated as City were refusing to yield. McNulty twice got the ball in the box but could find room for a shot. MR decided to make another change and off went McNulty and on came Ponticelli, then almost immediately Haynes broke through and fired a shot on target but Logan pulled off a great save pushing it on the post. This gave a lift to the fans as we could sense we could get a result out of the game. Not long after a ball went into the area and Clarke-Harris was on his way to the ground before he was fouled and to our surprise the ref pointed to the spot. “No way was that a penalty”, I kept saying, still we had one against us at Colchester that wasn’t a pen so things even themselves out. Mansfield tried every trick in the book to put of the taker, Logan the keeper then was booked for time wasting before the moved back in on the goal line. Clarke-Harris was ready to take the kick whilst Logan was pointing to his right and moving over there, Jonno stepped up and buried the ball past him to spark off joyous scenes in the away end. I accused keeper Logan of not being a very good X-Man (Logan is the real name of X-Man Wolverine, I read too many comics as a boy). City now were looking the better side and more likely to win. It was clear that Clarke-Harris couldn’t continue and was replaced by Biambou. At the other end a Mansfield player was finally book for diving as City saw the game out and if we had a 11 players we would have won.

At the end of the Biambou went to the away fans and seem to want to shakes the hands of everyone there.

Man of the Match
1st Jonson Clarke-Harris: Lead the line well, won a penalty and scored
2nd Rod McDonald Had to do a lot of defending
3rd Jordan Shipley Had a good game out wide.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:33 am

Brighton and Hove Albion Vs Coventry City


It was an early start as three of us were on the “booze cruise” to Brighton. One of seven coaches departing in front of Cov Baths at 8 we made good progress and arrived in the old town of Lewes at 11. Visited two pubs and two and a half hours later after two pints of coke, the coaches would pick everyone up at 2.15; we decided to make an early exit and made our way to the railway station, local train travel is included in the match ticket. It was only one stop down the line and we got out. I love the Amex one of the best designed grounds going and inside we had nice padded seats and plenty of legroom. It was a packed out away end but it was the number of home fans that forced the delay of the kick off. The line up was in goal Burge with the returning Grimmer at the back with Hyam, Willis and Haynes, in midfield we had Barrett, Kelly, Bayliss and Shipley, with McNulty up front and his first ever start Clarke-Harris.

It was a sunny day as City came out in the away grey that looks miles better with black shorts. In the home end some Brighton fans hoisted a “Sisu out”, to their credit but they know what it is like to go through something like we are going through. City attacked the away end in the first half and won an early free kick when McNulty was brought down, Shipley took it and it swerved the Brighton keeper was fully behind it. Brighton soon got into their stride and from a corner their record signing Locardia hit the post before it was cleared. City were struggling to cope with The Seagulls out wide as they fired wide. To great cheers City won a corner in the 11th minute and Shipley delivered it well for Clarke-Harris to get a flick on and send it onto the bar. The home side kept up their passing which normally involved 20-30 yards passes straight to one of their wide men and one of them Knockaert whipped in a cross and Locadia gave them the lead. The forward had cost them fourteen million we have spent almost two million more on the entire squad since relegation from the Premier League! At the other McNulty went close with a shot outside the area. Their big money transfer then had two good chances but thankfully missed them both. Bayliss who was having a good game then decided to go on a run himself beating two players out wide he cut into the area only for a Brighton defender to beat him to the ball. After 34 minutes they won a corner and Goldson rose to head it home. Now at two up Brighton were knocking the ball around even more and a real pasting looked on the cards. At the other end however a great piece of control by Barrett allowed him to volley just wide from outside the box. Brighton missed another couple of chances as we desperately needed the half time whistle. I started to shout the Brighton players “to stop passing accurately to the wide men”, calling it “cheating”. We got to half time without conceding any more goals.

Second half saw Brighton replace their keeper who needed treatment in the first half. After a brief Brighton flurry City started to get more into the game as McNulty fired just wide after a Shipley fired into the wall following a free kick. MR then made his first change off went Grimmer and on came McDonald. Locardia then had another shot blocked before yet another cross came in and Ulloa but in a great header that no keeper could have stopped. Some City fans started to leave I gave them the “loyal supports” chant. Plenty of time to go City could still get a hammering but no one told this to the players. Not long after a good move saw Bayliss get the ball and cross low for Clarke-Harris he got the slightest of touches on the ball out wide to send the ball along the ground past the keeper but it hit the post and went out. The big forward was giving the Premiership players plenty to think about. Haynes then went close to a good effort. At the other end a Brighton player just miss getting on the end of a cross. Locadia missed another effort before MR made a second change off went McNulty and it was good to see Ponticelli get on the pitch. City kept plugging away and a ball went into the area Ponticelli challenged for it meaning the defender couldn’t clear it properly and the ball fell to Clarke-Harris who whacked it past the keeper to give him and the team a well deserved goal. Now that lifted everyone and we pressed to get a second. MR went for broke and threw on Biambou for a disappointing Barrett. City came close late on but their keeper managed to scramble to save the ball and got lucky as it deflected off one of his players and straight to him. Clarke-Harris was now limping just hope it is nothing serious. The ref blew for full time and the City fans left happy with the performance.

Got home around 9 in all not a bad day but we now need to start to win league games.

Man of the Match
1st Jonson Clarke-Harris: Could have scored a hat trick
2nd Tom Bayliss: Had some good runs and set up the goal
3rd Jordan Shipley: Also contributed.


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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:33 am

Colchester United Vs Coventry City

Just three of us set out for the long trip to Colchester and after slow traffic we arrived at the ground an hour before kick off. Refreshed by a cup of tea in the ground, at £1 a cup I wasn’t complaining. The team news was Reid wasn’t staring despite facing the club he as played half a season with but Ben Stevenson was playing for them. The full line up was Burge back in goal, with Willis, McDonald, Stokes and playing for the first time this year Hyam. In midfield we had Vincenti, Bayliss, Kelly and Shipley leaving Biambou and McNulty up front. This was a vital match to try and stop the annual end of season slide and the attendance was a 25,000 down on the last game.

Only a small following tonight saw City attack the far end in the first half as a Kelly shot was charged down and it fell to Stokes who hit it well sending it just wide. That as good as it got in the first half as Colchester took over on a pitch that was in good condition. They knocked the ball around well and kept probing down the wings but the defence was looking solid. Burge was forced to push a long range effort wide after a quarter on an hour. The game itself was as dull as the weather as a ball came into the area and Colchester’s forward Ogedi-Uzokwe attempted a bicycle-kick but missed comically but any amusement was wiped away when the ref pointed to the spot despite no Colchester player or indeed fan appealed, City players argued as the ref indicated a pull. Ogedi-Uzokwe took the kick himself send Burge the wrong way and we were a goal down. It was still all Colchester and despite the very dodgy penalty they deserved to be leading. Meanwhile City seemed to totally lack any creative spark whatsoever and it was a case of not conceding again before half time a couple of blocks and a standard save until the ball fell to Stevenson on the edge of the area and he blasted it high “that’s why we sold you”, sang some City fans. A good save from Burge kept them from doubling their lead. The half ended as it began with a Stokes shot but this one was well wide.

Half time saw some South Coast City supporters entering the ground, they had been driving for five hours to get here and they were the lucky ones as one coach load of City fans were stuck on the M25 and were forced to miss the game because of traffic.

No subs at half time but after a talking to City looked better and ten minutes in Vincenti won a header and the ball went to Shipley his shot was parried by the keeper and it fell outside the area as Bayliss beat Kelly to the ball and smacked it in from outside the box to draw the teams level. “Who needs Stevenson when we got Bayliss”, I sang on my own. Now City were looking a lot better with Bayliss playing well in midfield and even Vincenti was winning most headers, he did have a big height advantage. Shipley got on target before the first change was Clarke-Harris replaced Biambou. City now the better team went close with McNulty hitting the post. Vincenti then put a header wide before another one was cleared off the line. The ref somehow missed a two footed challenge on Stokes that looked in the area. McNulty then found some room but couldn’t get his normal snap into the shot. With the game ticking down a cross in our box was headed home by Mandron to give them an undeserved lead. Reid replaced Kelly but the winger should have started.

After Paul dropped myself and Kev off at Lutterworth I had to de-frost my car which was close to being an ice cube then tried to start it up but nothing! Looks like I had drained the battery. Rang the RAC they said they would be two hours, not long after the RAC man rang saying he would be 35 minutes, tried to start the car again and it came back to life and got home without any trouble but Kev and myself discussed the pointless and expensive nature of long midweek away game and we might not be doing them next season.


Man of the Match
1st Tom Bayliss: A good goal and performance
2nd Peter Vincenti: Got better as the game went on
3rd Jordan Willis: A solid performance at right back
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:29 am

Coventry City Vs Accrington Stanley

So it was Community Day at the Ricoh a day after it was announced that City would be playing here next season. With a shed load of tickets given away and other tickets sold for a fiver 28,000 tickets were sold for the game which was sneaked record crowd for League Two by a mere 10,000. Went early to look in the Fan Village inside the ground were they interviewed Jodi Jones who was recovering well from his injury. The team was announced and thanks to injuries and a bug going around Ryton City were missing a potential six first team players, including for the first team this season Doyle. The line up was in goal O’Brien, with Dion, Willis, McDonald and Stokes at the back, Maguire-Drew, Kelly, Bayliss and Shipley in midfield with Biambou and McNulty up front. On the bench was Kyle Reid an experienced winger who should have started.

It was good to see a nearly full stadium for this vital game. City attacked the away end first as McNulty went down looking for a penalty. After five minutes an attack down our right saw Dion allow Johnson to go past him far too easily and his cross was tucked in by Jordan Clark (not our former player). What a dreadful start, City have great difficult conceding first and getting a result. Stanley in a rich vein of form and in the top three won a series of corners as City found it hard to get going. City finally got going and from a corner we counter-attack with Maguire-Drew on the ball he had two runners to pick out but either miscued his pass or tired to beat the keeper from 40 yards but the chance had gone. Their top scorer Kee, then put one over as the away side looked in total control only Biambou was looking good for City as he won most headers. City won a free kick and Maguire-Drew got it over the wall but an easy save for the keeper. Not much happened for the rest of the half as just about every City player looked well off form.

Second half saw a change off went Maguire-Drew and on came Vincenti. The tall wide man did a little better. Most Accrington’s attacks came down our right were Dion was looking exposed but Vincenti was helping to stem them. The away side won a free kick and Kee took it and rattled the crossbar with the keeper beaten. With Reid warming up and ready to come on the away side attacked and the City defenders went for Kee leaving Jordan Clark (not our one) free to beat O’Brien to make it two. I was thinking “I just want to support a top six side I have only been going since 1979!” Reid came on for Bayliss for his first game of the season. The winger got in a couple quality crosses which begs the question why didn’t he start? Dion then dived in with a rash challenge as the ref was surrounded by away players he only decided to give the player a yellow card and can consider himself lucky. Another change saw a player that also should have started as Clarke-Harris came on for his home debut, off went the League Two’s player of the month McNulty. City had then a great chance as Reid knocked in another great cross but Vincenti volleyed well wide. City failed to test the keeper for the rest of the game and missed a great opportunity to impress a large crowd. The defeat means automatic promotion is looking difficult and if we don’t improve soon even a play off could be beyond us.

Man of the Match (it’s a case of who wasn’t poor)
1st Maxime Biambou: Won most headers on the day and looked dangerous
2nd Kyle Reid: Next match against Colchester, HAS TO START
3rd Peter Vincenti: Did OK

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Feb 04, 2018 9:59 am

Forest Green Rovers Vs Coventry City


Certainly an away game at FGR is an experience. After leaving the motorway and A roads we moved onto B roads and something similar to a country lane and after a couple of hills “look there’s a football ground”. Tucked away is The New Lawn. We jammed the car into the school car park as we were one of the last cars in. Then a chance to see a new ground, now this place is famous for its vegan food and I never buy food at an away game but I was severely tempted by a kiosk selling vegan Indian food but didn’t have enough money. A walk around the ground before entering onto the open terracing and it was raining but not too heavily. Hot drinks were priced at £1.60 some 90p down the average cost. We made our way onto the terrace to face a team in the bottom two but amazingly have signed ten players in the transfer window. Our team was in goal Burge, with Grimmer, Willis, Davies and former FRG player Stokes at the back. In midfield we had Barrett, Kelly, Doyle and Bayliss with McNulty and Biambou up front.

It was an even start on a good pitch were FRG put five past Cambridge in there last game. No long into the game Bayliss found room and played in Barrett who forced a good save from the keeper. From then on FGR started to look like the better side pushing City back as for once our midfield couldn’t get a grip. Their chunky midfielder Isaiah Osborne then fired one embarrassingly wide; he is the brother of former City player Isaac Osborne. City were struggling to get things going as the FGR fans sang “From the Premier League to Forest Green”. They then came close as a tame shot was spilled by Burge, their forward took the ball around him and looked certain to score but Grimmer somehow go a block to prevent a goal. At the other end City started to improve slightly leading to McNulty forcing the keeper to save with his legs. Then after half an hour a worrying sight as Grimmer had to go off clutching his groin, he had been ever present in the league, on came McDonald as Willis switched to fullback. Kelly was then booked by a referee who had a quiet game, unlike the linesman nearest us who received plenty of barracking. The a great chance as a Grubb shot was pushed onto the post by Burge but Bray was on hand to knock the ball home and they took a deserved lead. “Sisu has killed your club”, the home fans sang. City made it to half time without any other mishaps.


The first action of the second half saw Stokes blast well over the stand as many City players were well off form today and not troubling a defence that includes Farrend Rawson who played for us last season. Kelly then had a shot go closer as City were showing signs of improvement. Then out of nowhere Kelly in the box clearly had his shirt pulled and the referee had no choice but to give City a penalty. McNulty stepped up and blasted the ball past the keeper to bring City back into the game. Minutes later City made the second change and of went Biambou and on came “new” signing Jonson Clarke-Harris making his league debut seven and a half years after his first game were he became our youngest ever player. City were now on the front foot and Barrett was crowded out preventing a shot. However a couple of minutes later an attack saw the ball fall to FGR’s Collins who struck a great shot from outside the box and City were losing again. Things were getting worse when Davies went down heavily and was forced to go off, on came Haynes. FGR had a lead and they were defending it well but a free kick by Clarke-Harris wasn’t too far wide. Stokes then went down and looked in a bad way but had to continue. City tried but never really gave their keeper any problems and slipped to a defeat and FGR did the double.

We moved out of the play offs again and need to find a way to pick up points away from home. Back in the car park nothing moved for what seemed like an hour but when we hit the B roads there was hardly any traffic around.

Man of the Match
Five different players were given the vote a reflection of not one player having a good game.
1st Marc McNulty: Scored the goal
2nd Jack Grimmer: Was playing well until the injury
3rd Tom Bayliss: Looked our best midfield
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Wed Jan 31, 2018 8:40 am

Coventry City Vs. Cambridge United


So back to the important football after the cup exploits and one team you wouldn’t want to meet after a tiring game is Cambridge. United are a big physical side that turned us over at their ground they also had the weekend off. Our line-up was in goal Burge with Willis, McDonald, Davies and Stokes at the back, Devon, Doyle, Bayliss and Shipley in midfield leaving Biambou and McNulty up front. Cambridge had former player Gary Deegan as their skipper and the big handful that is Ikpeazu. It was a small crowd in fact we took more to MK Dons.

It was a quiet opening with the only talking point being McNulty being pulled up for a foul-throw. After ten minutes City put in an attack the ball was loose on the edge of the box and McNulty hit it with a snap shot and it went past the keeper to give City the lead, the type of goal that is becoming McNulty’s trade mark. City were looking in control with Biambou winning just about every header. Twenty minutes in and an attack saw Grimmer play in Devon whose shot hit the side netting. United responded by winning three corners in a row the last one was blasted clear by a City player only to poleaxe Bayliss who had the ball smack him in the face, after treatment he was ok to continue. City still looking lively when Devon passed to McNulty in the box, he turned and took the ball to the by-line before sending in a cross to the far post were Shipley was waiting and he looped a header back over the keeper for 2-0. The half drew on Cambridge started to get more into the game with Ikpeazu in a good honest battle with McDonald. It was the central defender who then got into the book after chopping down a player wide of the penalty area. The free kick came in and Burge got a good punch on the ball. The big forward then almost scored as he got something onto a cross but Burge kept it out. The ref seemed to be playing far too much injury time and in the dieing seconds Burge was forced to tip one over the bar. Half time came with City two goals up but Cambridge looking dangerous.

Cambridge came out fired up in the second half still fresh from their days off. Ikpeazu then wormed his way into the box and with us saying “don’t foul him Rod”, the defender slid in and the ref pointed, the away fans cheered for a second until they realised he was pointing to the corner flag and not the penalty spot, the away fans were not happy. From the corner Burge caught the ball from a Darling header (a surname of a Cambridge player). The small away following were making a noise to encourage their team as City were getting pushed back but defending well, The Sky Blue fans soon responded to encourage the team to keep working. With City fighting off an aerial bombardment it was no surprise when Devon was taken off and Vincenti came on for his first game of the year and tall midfielder won some important tackles as the game went on. City were always capable of a counter-attack and it almost paid off when McNulty chased a lost cause back to Forde in the Cambridge goal but his clearance was blocked by McNulty but he couldn’t get enough on it and the keeper grabbed the ball. Everyone was working hard to keep them out but then City should have wrapped the game up, City won a free kick and Doyle took it quickly to McNulty unmarked in the box instead of shooting he tried to round a defender and lost the ball. Haynes then replaced Shipley as City looked to see the game out. The pressure was growing. United made a change taking off their popular forward Waters, a play so small he is only slight taller than the Kelly-Evan twins. City were soaking up the pressure well and another counter saw McNulty nip in behind a defender and seemed to be fouled but the ref, who wasn’t very good gave it the other way and booked McNulty. Just when it seemed City had ridden the storm a corner came in and Taft headed past Burge to give them hope. Now it was backs-to-walls again and the ref angered the home crowd when about to face a free kick he ordered Vincenti off to get some blood wiped from his knee. Then surprisingly Ikpeazu was taken off by their manager so taking off their main danger. Stokes was then booked for taking too long over a throw in. City were in injury time as the count down was one but then a break-a-way saw Biambou pull wide he squared it to McNulty a defender got to the ball and knocked it away but only as far as Doyle who whacked it back in and into the net to wrap up the points.

Man of the Match
1st Marc McNulty: One goal, one assist, hard work and missed a sitter, could be the headline on his CV.
2nd Rod McDonald: Won the battle with Ikpeazu
3rd Michael Doyle: Hard work and a goal
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:47 am

MK Dons Vs Coventry City


So I joined the MK invasion and got to the at One to look for our normal parking space but their were signs up “park and walk” so now everyone knew about it, so we had to find another, half an hour later Paul squeezed into another space and we had a ten minute walk to the ground. I do like the ground, big modern and shops around which allowed us to have a pre-match coffee. Got into the ground and swapped our tickets with a couple who wanted to sit near the front while we always like to sit at the back. Heard the team news and one big surprise Liam Kelly had come in from seemingly nowhere for his first game for quite a while, the rest of the team was Burge in goal, Grimmer, Willis, Stokes and his first game of the year McDonald at the back. The rest of the midfield was Bayliss, Doyle and Barrett making his full debut leaving Biambou and McNulty up front. We had beaten MK in pre-season in Nuneaton with two from McNulty this seemed a very long time ago. We have a good record in this city three wins and a draw out of four visits. MK are in the relegation zone and have just brought in a new manager.

The home side started of the better keeping and using the ball well probing the defence. After five minutes they threatened a breakthrough but Doyle got a good tackle in on the edge of the box but the ref decided it was a foul and a booking. It was nearly all MK as they pushed us back and we were having trouble getting the ball but despite some great passing to their wide players that’s were the danger ended as Wills and McDonald swept everything up in the box. City slowly started to get into the game and started to get forward attacking the sparsely populated far end where Bayliss, who was a constant danger, fired over. Barrett supplied the ball and he was looking good also. Barrett then put one wide as City were settling into the game and it was looking clear why MK are in so much trouble as they look poor up front. City players were working hard all over the pitch as the half went on. In the last minute Biambou curled a shot in that their keeper did well to keep out, MK sprung a counter-attack and they broke through but Burge was quick off his line to smother the ball. Half time came no goals and the game could go either way.

Second half City attacked the packed out away end and City came close from out wide McNulty had a shot bounce just wide of the far post. At the other end a good ball to the wing saw a MK player knock in a cross their forward couldn’t get a good contact and Burge dived in to punch the ball away on the ground. First change came as Shipley replaced Barrett. City were now looking more dangerous than MK and in the 64th minute McNulty crossed, their defender hacked at the ball but it was Biambou who got a touch on the ball and then everything seemed to go into slow motion as the ball rolled through the keeper’s legs, along the line and then over before it was cleared. Mass celebrations in the away end, some people got onto the pitch with flares before everything clamed down. “Wembley” sang the away fans. McDonald went into the book as MK tried to respond. Again their ball retention and passing was excellent but their final ball wasn’t as City were defending well. Now it looked more like City would score than MK as Willis headed one wide from a corner. City were catching them on the break and one occasion the ball fell to Bayliss and he hared off up field and was about to go around a defender when he was hacked down, yellow card and if it wasn’t for covering defenders he would have been sent off. With thoughts of Chris Maguire’s two brilliant free-kick goals at this end Shipley got the over the wall but the keeper saved. Biambou then found himself wide but was about to pass a defender when he got a hand in the face and won a free kick, how that player escaped yellow is beyond me. Kelly then should have scored but put his shot wide whilst on the ground. The attendance was announced meaning we had more fans in the ground than the home contingent “we’ve got more fans than you”, we taunted the franchise club. City made a second change as Stevenson replaced Kelly. The manager then replaced Bayliss with one of the Kelly-Evans boy, it turned out to be Dion but it could have been Devon if they changed shirts no one could tell. City kept going forward and in one attack Biambou raced down the wing but was cut in half by a dreadful tackle by Tavernier who should have been sent off, their manager got onto the pitch and he also should have been sent to the stands but the ref bottled both decisions. Late one City were still closing everything down as Stevenson closed down players in our right hand corner and didn’t let them out in the end winning a throw in to the delight of the fans that were counting down the time. Then Stevenson forced the keeper into a save. Into injury time and as normal City were resolute at the back and finally the ref blew to signal a victory and a place in Round Five.

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Man of the match
(A real difficult choice)
1st Tom Bayliss: What an impact he has made
2nd McNulty/Biambou Both worked hard and Biambou now knows where the goal is
3rd Jordan Willis: A rock at the back

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Jan 21, 2018 9:55 am

Coventry City Vs Swindon Town


Snow was falling when I was cycling up the game but it wasn’t that cold when the snow stopped. Up the ground I was surprised that MR kept the side that started against Exeter. In goal was Burge, with Grimmer, Willis, Davies and Stokes at the back. In midfield we had Maguire-Drew, Doyle, Bayliss and Shipley and up front was McNulty and Biambou. The main topic was we wanted Biambou to score, a ball smacking off his face, deflecting off his bottom, we just needed him to score. Before the game we had a minute’s applause for the late Cyrille Regis and that brought back plenty of memories. Today we were playing Swindon who have only returned three times this season from away games without a win. Also we were chasing our first double over Swindon since 1936.

City started of with Shipley forcing a corner, the flag kick came over and former City keeper Reece-Cook flapped at it but it was cleared. Swindon soon were showing why they are so good away as they put the pressure on as Burge missed a corner but it was cleared. On the 9th minute City fans gave Cyrille who wore number 9 another minute’s applause. The Robins were still pushing City back but we have a solid defence. Just after 15 minutes there were some hard tackling in the centre circle with my biased eyes seemed like three fouls by Swindon in the end the ref decided to book Davies. City looked to go forward as Biambou flicked the ball on and Maguire-Drew laid the ball back into his path and Maxime walloped it from outside the area into the top corner of the next BIAMBOU HAD SCORED! Everyone was delighted and was given a bigger cheer than normal. It was a great finish. A couple of blocked shots each side until Doyle slipped the ball to McNulty who got clear wide and was pushed down from behind no doubt about the decision. Biambou wanted to take the kick but McNulty was having no of it. Now what he didn’t know was Reece-Cook’s bad record at saving penalties nearly always seems to go the wrong way, McNulty stepped up and Cookie Monster went the wrong way 2-0 to City. Since City have only conceded more than one league goal at home all season we were confident of a win. Swindon on the other hand were still looking dangerous their number 20, Gordon was being given far too much room down our left. City needed to get to half time without conceding but in the 38th minute a low cross was turned in by Banks to put the Robins well back into the game. Minutes later Dunne unleashed a fierce shot that somehow Burge pushed onto the crossbar. The Sky Blues were not passing too well and one miss hit pass went wide left, McNulty ran after it but the defender was in control, or so he thought as the top scorer somehow got the ball and got passed him before winning a free kick. City were hanging on as Burge caught one and the team were struggling to get out of our half. The whistle went for half time and City were provisionally in 4th place.

Half time saw a tribute to Regis on the big screen.

Second half still saw Swindon applying the pressure as they tried to breech by far the best defence in the division. Then Town had a great chance as a header hit the bar, the follow up header was blocked, a follow up shot was kept out somehow by Burge, another attempted blocked and finally on the left hand post City players diving it to scramble the ball away and by some miracle we still had a lead. Not long after the ball went back into the box yet another block and Burge pulled off an even better save to keep the lead intact. Swindon brought on Marc Richards a rumoured target of City. Not long after Maguire-Drew was replaced by Kelly-Evans but it wasn’t Devon but Dion, playing his first league game of the season. Doyle who was getting stuck in picked up a booking. The game was still on a knife edge but Willis and the defenders were standing strong to keep them out. A couple of more standard saves from Burge as the clock ticked down. Then with nine to go McNulty got the ball on the edge of the area there seemed no danger until he turned unleashed a first time shot past Reece-Cook to give us a much needed goal. At the start of the season MR had a choice to make between two good keepers he kept with Burge and let Reece-Cook go and today it looked the right decision as Burge looked the better keeper. Swindon kept going but City were not to be moved as Dion charged in from distance to put in a great tackle that had the fans on their feet. The ref blew his whistle to signal another home victory that we were very thankful about.

Man of the match
1st Lee Burge: Vital saves
2nd Jordan Willis: Battled all day
3rd Maxime Biambou: A goal at last

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:16 am

Exeter City Vs Coventry City


Set of for Exeter on my bike but decided it would be better to park it at Pool Meadow and take the coach. A trouble free three hours later we were in Exeter for our first visit here for a competitive game since the 1950’s. After a visit to the pub a quick walk around the City centre and a view of their cathedral we had a look at St James Park. Only 350 away fans were allowed in the ground as Exeter had half the ground demolished for building work meaning I had a great view of Exeter from the stand. The team had only one change as Burge came in and so enter the top twenty in appearances for keepers since we were formed. The rest of the line up was Grimmer, Willis, Davies and Stokes at the back, Maguire-Drew, Doyle, Bayliss and Shipley in midfield with McNulty and Biambou up front.

It was a slow start but on the seventh minute Exeter attempted a break through and Burge raced off his line when he should have stayed put but he reached the ball first and instead of whacking out of the ground his clearance was poor and fell to Harley, the player still had distance but took his time as his shot hit one post rolled along the line hit the other and went in. We couldn’t believe it, we had gifted them a goal. City responded well with Maguire-Drew getting one on target. At the other end City unusually for this season looked vulnerable as Stockley blasted one not too far wide. Then a mistake by Stokes saw Stockley race clear for a one-on-one with the keeper but Grimmer raced back and put in a perfect sliding tackle to prevent a shot. At the far end City had chances as a mad scramble saw shots blocked and somehow the ball didn’t go into the net. Both our midfield Jordans had efforts saved as Coventry were improving and now looked the better team. As the half was coming to an end McNulty played in Biambou but his shot was tame. Half time City trailing and despite having most of the ball not looking too threatening.


Ten minutes into the second half Biambou did well in a tackle releasing McNulty who had a run on goal but crowded out he forced the keeper into a save. City were still on top but not worrying their keeper. MR went for a change off went Biambou after yet another game without a goal must be a world record for a forward, on came Ponticelli to make our team one-third Jordans. That didn’t last long as Shipley went off to be replaced by debutant Josh Barrett. City were looking slightly better as Ponticelli got the back of his head to the ball but it was an easy save. Stevenson then replaced Maguire-Drew. A good move saw Ponticelli clip the post but we were surprised the ref gave a corner. City kept up the pressure and won a couple of corners and deep in injury time Bayliss turned and got a shot only to be deigned by Pym in the home goal and we lost.

Amazingly we dropped from the automatic promotion place to outside of the play offs. The difference was our keeper made a mistake and looked nervous and their keeper didn’t. Ten shots on target the most we had at an away game all season. It was a trouble free trip back home.

Man of the match
1st Marc McNulty: Worked hard throughout the game
2nd Jordan Maguire-Drew: Put some good balls in
3rd Jordan Ponticelli: Looked more likely to score than Biambou
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:55 am

Coventry City Vs Stoke City


Turned up at the Ricoh for this one and there was a real sense that a shock could be on. It is not your normal David Vs Goliath clash because how many times have fans of a Premiership team turned up at a 4th flight ground to find it bigger than theirs? Also the record in the competition is contrasting with Stoke failing to win the tournament and The Sky Blues still the last midlands winners. A touch under 15,000 came to the game helped by a large following from up the M6 proving paying the cost of the league game was the right decision by the club. Got to my seat where Paul told me that they had sold our season ticket seats despite the fact we had bought them before they went on general sale, the steward moved the ones in our seats and they moved without any problem. Robins gave a debut to Jordan VIII, as Drew-Maguire became the 8th player to bear that name. The boss made a real surprise in selecting O’Brien in goal and the rest of the team was Grimmer, Willis, Davies and Stokes in defence. The rest of the midfield were Bayliss, Shipley and Doyle with McNulty and Biambou up front. To his credit under fire Stoke manager Mark Hughes selected what looked like a pretty strong side.

It was a great atmosphere as the game kicked off with Cov defending the stand with the flag of Jimmy Hill in. Stoke started the more confident going forward and just after ten minutes seemed to be making inroads when a diagonal ball found Diouf, his header beat O’Brien but Willis got back to hack it off the line. The away fans gave us a rendition of “When the saints go marching in”, but it was sung at a slow pace and sounded more like a dirge than a song of celebration. City slowly got into the game and won a corner, no doubt Stokes confused the away side as he had a very similar name but the defender played in Maguire-Drew and he had a shot blocked. The game was now more even and a Stoke player had to be alert to beat Biambou to a cross. Ireland had a shot go high at our end. Biambou got in and had a shot that was deflected for a corner. The corner came in and Davies headed it back across the box and Willis got to it first to head City into a lead. The crowd went mad as we were leading a Premier League side; I pointed and laughed at the Stoke fans making references to them losing the City of Culture vote to us. A “Hughes out” banner came out in the away end. The referee then booked Ireland, not for a holiday but Stoke’s Stephen Ireland. The Potters went forward and a good cross found Diouf and he headed it down and it bounced over O’Brien’s crossbar. Stoke still had most of the ball but as normal this season City looked solid at the back. Up front Biambou and McNulty were not getting the ball much but when they did they caused problems as late on Max played in Marc, he was free and rounded the keeper but rushed his shot and missed an easy chance, Stoke failed to clear and Bayliss intercepted a pass and played in the top scorer again from a more difficult chance he forced England’s Butland into a save but with the ball rolling into an empty net a Stoke player got back to clear it. In injury time as normal I tune into CWR but then retuned to Radio 5 and yes they were broadcasting a City match for the first in many years. The half time whistle came with City on top and the journalists smelling blood.

Bayliss, a player that the Radio 5 commentators praised highly at half time, was kicked early on but after treatment recovered to play on. Seven minutes into the half with no sign of a break through Stoke sent on their big gun as Peter Crouch lankily came on. A couple of minutes late Stoke’s best player Ramadan (ding dong) got in the area and Willis tackled him but seemed to catch his leg, no doubt about the penalty decision. Charlie Adam sent O’Brien the wrong way and Stoke were level. Stoke fans so delighted to be drawing against a side 50+ places below them attempted to get over to the “Naughty Corner” but were stopped when their knuckles were caught in the netting over the seats. Other Stoke fans gave us a far better rendition of Delilah, which of cause was made famous by a Welshman, “that’s why you didn’t win City of Culture”, I shouted. With the danger of Stoke taking control MR made a change off went Maguire-Drew after a promising debut and on came Stevenson to help give a bit more control to midfield. City then broke from a corner as the ball fell to Grimmer in their half, the right back advanced forward and suddenly a massive gap opened up in front of him, with on one bothering to close him down he advanced and curled a great shot passed Butland and City retook the lead. Great celebrations in the home end as I put it “Stoke has been done by Grimmer”. “Sacked in the morning” we sang to Mark Hughes, a player a never liked. Stoke brought on Shaqiri a player that earns over three million pounds per year. Stoke probed and a diagonal ball went into the area and O’Brien needlessly went to punch it and missed suddenly Stoke had a chance with only defenders on the line the shot was blocked it fell to another away player that was blocked, another player got the ball this time blocked by Davies and again a Stoke player got the ball but Willis got himself in the way of the shot and it was cleared, much to the delight of the home fans enjoying to stoic defending. Our second choice keeper did seemed to be the weak link as a cross came in he flapped at it and the ball fell to Diouf but O’Brien was still on his feet and pulled off a great save to keep us in front. Ryan Haynes was then introduced and replaced Shipley. Crouch had been pretty quiet apart from putting one wide earlier but then he got on the end of a cross and it went out for a corner so O’Brien must have got a touch a good save. Stoke were getting frustrated as passes went astray and City looked good when we could break out. Diouf headed one wide and the count down continued. In injury time Stoke got a smoke bomb on the pitch but the Ricoh stewards are used to such things and dealt with it quickly as we urged the ref not to add time on for this. According to my watch we were one and a half minutes over when O’Brien had a goal kick but then the ref blew and we witnessed a real shock that many predicted.

Man of the Match
1st Tom Bayliss: Looked class
2nd Tom Davies: Another good Tom
3rd Jordan Willis: Pick of the Jordans today
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Tue Jan 02, 2018 8:42 am

Coventry City Vs Chesterfield


Nothing changes on New Year’s Day, sang U2 but could we beat a struggling team at last as Chesterfield were in town? We were down to the last three strikers and McNulty and Biambou started up front together, in goal we had Burge, with Grimmer, Willis, Davies and Stokes at the back, in midfield we had Devon, Doyle, Bayliss and Shipley.

Despite being one place above the drop zone it was Chesterfield who started the better going forward as City struggled to get going. After a quarter of an hour we got the ball forward and it fell to McNulty he turned and shot from outside the penalty area and seemed to have put it wide, we wondered why he was celebrating until we released he actually scored and we got up on our feet, it was a great finish. McNulty missed an open goal from inside the six-yard box at Chesterfield now he can score from anywhere. Chesterfield kept coming forward but the back four were solid. Burge had to be alert to palm away a shot and Stokes was first to the ball to knock it away. An interesting side show was the battle between little Devon and the six foot plus Binnon-Willams, it looked like father against son but Devon did get in front of his marker to win a header to the delight of the crowd. City were getting better as the game went on, then a chance as Biambou had the ball on the edge of the area but the referee Mr Kettle decided to blow up for another head injury despite the player not being injured. In injury time the fourth Chesterfield went down with a head injury and the ref didn’t fall for it and played on. City won a corner and an away player was booked for complaining. Half time City a goal up but we need another goal.

The second half started but the same pattern with Chesterfield getting forward but City solid in defence with Bayliss playing well in midfield. As normal Biambou was being treated roughly by the opposition while a Chesterfield player caught the ball before it went out of play. We had some players coming together and the ref booked Wiseman from Chesterfield and Bayliss. Bayliss then had a shot blocked as City started to gain more control. Devon had one blocked but it fell invitingly to Stokes who chested it down before volleying it back forcing an excellent save from their keeper who knocked it onto the crossbar. The first chance was made as Biambou had an injury and had to go off on came Ponticelli. Then a great chance for Chesterfield as the ball fell to Kellet in the area but he skied it. Bayliss then played a great ball to give McNulty a chance but his save was kept out by a good save by their keeper. Ryan Haynes then came on replacing Shipley. News that now the two teams above us were losing had filtered through and City were provisionally now in the automatic promotion positions gave the noise level a lift. With ten minutes to go Ponticelli tried to get up field but was blocked by a blatant bock check and Mr Kettle had no option other than to book the player trouble was it was Weisman who had already been booked and he was off. City still needed another goal despite looking comfortable on a goal lead and Devon K-E was improving in his battle with the large left back and got stuck into a challenge with both on the floor Devon managed to win the ball to the sheer delight of the fans in the main stand. At the back any attack were being met by Willis and his fellow defenders but at the other end McNulty won a corner and Davies headed it over. As normal the second goal didn’t come but it was City more likely to get a goal as Haynes skinned his full back but his cross was blocked. Finally Mr Kettle applied air to his signalling device (keeping away from kettle puns) to signal the end of the game and City’s entering the top three for the first time since the second game of the season.

Man of the Match
1st Tom Bayliss: Played well in midfield
2nd Jordan Willis won everything at the back
3rd Chris Stokes: Played well since his return
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Dec 31, 2017 9:51 am

Carlisle United Vs Coventry City

For the last game of the year it was a real trek to near Scotland to face Carlisle. We took the earl coach at 7.30 in the morning. I call this service “the booze cruise” because they stop before they reach the ground and have a drink, hence the early start. Leaving Cov it was fairly mild but hitting the hills of the Lake District we found snow on the ground, a thick fog and dropping temperatures. Thankfully all these had lifted when we made our decent into Penrith a nice little Cambrian town. After two and half hour in four pubs, two cokes and a coffee for me, we made our way to Brunton Park. On the way we heard the team news in goal Burge, with Grimmer, Willis, Davies and Stokes at the back, Bayliss, Doyle, Shipley and Devon K-E in midfield with McNulty and Beavon up front. The reaction to the line up on the coach was “Beavon?” I have seen Beavon and McNulty play up front together many times this season and it never works so it was a surprise the manager was trying it again.

The home side had the first attempt on goal but it was an easy catch for the keeper as both sides were struggling to play football. After 17 minutes of not much happening Willis went down and had to be replaced by Hyam. So the best defence in the division now had the 3rd and 4th choice centre backs playing. Shipley then had a shot go not too far wide but City were struggling to get the front two into the game as they stood a long way apart and Beavon was failing to win any headers as the long ball was constantly pumped towards him. City were looking resolute at the back and had to block a shot just after the twenty minute mark before Burge fielded a standard shot on target. United started to get the upper hand and were probing the back four looking for a way in. Then the best move of the game saw Doyle play in Devon and the winger forced a good save form the home keeper. Into injury time and the home side looked dangerous from a couple of corners but City managed to scramble them clear to go into the break all level.

To even use the word football to describe the first half could be seen as libellous.

Before the second half the away fans saw something we wanted to see Nazon was ready to come on, no doubt that Beavon had picked up an injury. The game got underway and one of the first actions saw Nazon fall to the floor and he looked like he was struggling. When he was receiving treatment off the pitch a high ball over the United defence was missed by their defender Clint Hill but not by McNulty who ran into acres of space and placed the ball past the keeper to give us a lead. Nazon was back on the pitch but went down again and City were forced into the third substitution of the game all down to injuries, I can’t remember this happening before. On came Biambou and there seemed to be a desperation with many a City fan to see the Frenchman get a goal. The home side now had to go forward but with a lead the defenders did what they have been doing all season with Doyle screening in front, this left big gaps at the back and the rest of the midfield and forwards were exploiting this. One attack saw McNulty pull away and play in Bayliss whose shot was saved. City kept on probing as Grimmer on the overlap was hacked down but the ref played a great advantage as Devon was in but when the action was over the ref booked the home player. Another great attack saw Bayliss’ shot saved the ball fell to Devon unmarked and the goal at his mercy but he fired wide the ball was played back in where Biambou back-heeled it over the line but the linesman had his flag up for an off side the wait for a Biambou league goal goes on. The home side then threw on former City player Shaun Miller who managed two goals in thirteen games with City with predicable chants of “City reject”. At the other end McNulty again found space and played in Shipley he was hacked down for the most obvious penalty of the year and McNulty stepped up and unusually for him hit a weak shot in the centre of the goal the keeper saved it and Carlisle were still in the game. Shipley got one on target before our attacks started to peter out as the count down to the final whistle was on. More worries about injuries when Grimmer went down but after treatment returned with a natty sky blue head bandage. City remained solid at the back and up front became boring by keeping the ball near the corner flag to the delight of the 800+ away fans. Finally the ref blew to sign the end of the game and a much welcomed three points for the long trip south. Got home 9.30 fourteen hours after I had left.

Man of the Match
1st Marc McNulty: Despite a poor penalty ended the year with eight goals
2nd Tom Davies: Won everything at the back
3rd Dominic Hyam: The best 4th choice central defender in League Two by a mile.


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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Wed Dec 27, 2017 8:43 am

Port Vale Vs Coventry City

A short trip to one of the runners-up in the City of Culture bids wasn’t bad for Boxing Day. Got there without any trouble on the ground we won our only away league game of last season. Only Burge and Willis survived from that day as MR decided to switch to 5-3-2 maybe down to the lack of wide players. The rest of the defence was Stokes, Davies, McDonald and Grimmer, with the midfield being made up of the veteran Doyle and the kids Shipley and Bayliss and up front was in form McNulty and Biambou.

Vale attacked our end in the first half and started of the brighter and Tom Pope was first to have a pop but put it wide. A miss pass by their winger Marcus Harness who has a hair style similar to Jodi Jones came in for massive stick throughout the game with a song of “you’re just a sh*t Jodi Jones”. It wasn’t exactly entertaining stuff with both defences on top or rather neither attacks could break them down. Grimmer on the overlap did try two good crosses followed one poor one. Bayliss was looking City’s best player and just before 30 minutes he went on a great run only to be stopped by a foul earning a yellow card to the Vale player. A City fan decided to let a flare off to celebrate it being goalless and dull and the bored officials investigated causing more interest that was on the pitch. McDonald was then booked before the half ended.

City now had a chance to go into the automatic promotion places with Exeter’s game being called off. City attacked the away end in the second half as Davies was booked and Grimmer had a shot that went over. The game wasn’t great but the ref missed a push in the back of McNulty and Doyle picked up a yellow card for complaining. At the other end City almost shot themselves in the foot when Burge and a defender got mixed up but thankfully we did have an alert player to clear. City made their first chance as Biambou, who was poor and has now gone an incredible 22 games (not counting the goal against WBA reserves) without a goal went off on came joint top scorer Nazon. The s**t Jodi Jones had a chance but blasted it well wide but he finally got his revenge with a cross that was looped in by Smith. MR threw on two forwards Beavon, hasn’t scored in ten months and Ponticelli. Nazon then got our first shot on target that the keeper couldn’t hold before Stokes had a great chance at the far post but the ball fell to the wrong player. Ponticelli got to the by line twice but showed why he is not a winger by messing up the crosses and that was it.

On the demand of Rachel we all had a Christmas sing-song in the car on the way back with me offering Jona Lewis’ classic “Stop the Cavalry”

Man of the match
1st Tom Bayliss: Attack, defend, help out in midfield, wrap the presents, served the tea he did everything
2nd Duckens Nazon: Had a shot
3rd Michael Doyle: Continued being Michael Doyle
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