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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Apr 15, 2018 8:57 pm

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 8:10 pm

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 7:33 pm

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 8:11 pm

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 9:19 pm

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 pm

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 pm

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 pm

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 pm

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 pm

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 pm

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 pm

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 pm

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 pm

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 pm

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 pm

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 pm

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 pm

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 pm

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 pm

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 pm

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 pm

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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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:35 pm

Coventry City Vs Wycombe Wanderers


So our third meeting at home with Wycombe all in different competitions the last was the semi final victory in the Check-a-trade. The idea to play on Friday night seemed to have worked with a decent 7,000+ in the crowd. News came through that Carl Baker was training with the squad that and a new player in on loan, Josh Barrett a forward but he couldn’t play until into January. A month ago Dave Boddy promised news of were we would be playing next season well before Christmas, we are still waiting. Back to the game and this looked a real tough one with Wycombe just above us in the table and their forward line looked formidable with Mackail-Smith, Nathan Tyson and who could miss the jolly giant in Akinfenwa? MR on his 48th birthday, youngster, put out the same side that started against Cheltenham, in goal Burge with Grimmer, McDonald, Willis and Stokes at the back, Shipley, Doyle, Bayliss and Vincenti in midfield and Biambou and McNulty up front.

Like Cheltenham City started well in the first minute McNulty was played in but the Wycombe keeper got out to block the ball broke with Biambou with his back to goal he turned the defender and had the whole net to aim at but rushed his shot and put it over the bar. This is the Frenchman’s 20th game and still no goal, not counting the Check-a-trade game. It was clear from the outset and no surprise on how Wycombe was going to play, hoof every ball towards Akinfenwa and let him use is size and strength to win the win and other player to feed of him, Willis and McDonald had their hands full. Wycombe won a corner in the 11th minute after a clear handball missed by a pretty poor referee. City on the other hand liked to pass the ball and after 14 minutes Doyle got the ball out wide near the rugby 10 meter line then he looked up and tried to catch the keeper off his line the ball swerved towards goal and suddenly took a dip and ended up in the back of the net, there was a split second delay as no-one could believe what had just happen and everyone was on their feet, Doyle, himself looked shocked, for a second it went in before he ran off to celebrate his 22nd league goal for the club, this puts him 69th on the all time list. The ref meanwhile was missing a lot of pushing by Wycombe and stopping the game at the merest hint of a push by the City players. Biambou then won a corner taken by Shipley and his set piece hit the crossbar. Wanderers still looked dangerous when they went forward and Scarr got an effort on target. City were still edging the game as McNulty went close with a header before Stokes fired wide. The Shipley put a free kick just wide in an open and entertaining game. Wycombe were still loading the penalty area but Willis and McDonald were just about winning the battles. Bayliss then went into the book for a nothing foul. City still probing when Vincenti set a delightful ball over the defence for McNulty to run on to, he got to the ball out wide and moved into the area he found space and then passed the ball into the left hand corner of the goal for two-nil, it was a real good finish by a player now looking like a twenty-goals-a-season-man. City sat back with not much time left in the half but one attack saw Vincenti clearly fouled by a player charging in to him, missed by the ref but Vincenti landed awkwardly and had to go off and was replaced by little Devon who I wanted to mark Akinfenwa for comic effect. Injury time it was all Wycombe as City needed to hold on but they didn’t as from one corner the ball went wide to Scarr and he volleyed it back past Burge for 2-1 it was a great finish. Half time City only a goal up and another 45 minutes of ram-raid football to face.

The second half was only a minute old when Akinfenwa fell down in the box and the ref immediately booked the big fellow for diving something he protested about for most of the remaining game. That was a good decision by the ref because it was a dive. Still no penalties conceded or given in the leagues this season but that was about to change as the ball broke in the Sky Blues’ penalty area and Jacobson got past Devon but the sub grabbed his sleeve and brought him down, no question this time that was a penalty. O’Nein took the kick sending Burge the wrong way and Wycombe were level. “Two-nil and you facked it ap”, sang the travelling Mockenys. This was a bad blow for City as Wanderers were now in the ascendancy. Minutes later the penalty taker went in with his studs on Bayliss and was lucky to escape with a yellow card. Only four minutes later McNulty got the ball wide in the area and went down the ref pointed to the spot, Wycombe players protested and a player was booked, McNulty stepped up and blasted the ball past the keeper to restore the lead “2-2 and you facked it ap”, I sang. No penalties all season and we have two in four minutes, London Buss syndrome or what? City needed another goal but Biambou miscued a shot as the wait goes on. Wycombe were still launching the ball at every opportunity and causing problems at the back but City were standing firm. City won a corner and it came out to Grimmer whose shot was cleared off the line. Then Stokes thought he was Haynes and tried to dribble his way into the box before he was stopped at an expense of a corner. After fending off more aerial bombardment City got moving again only for the hapless ref to miss an elbow on Shipley before McNulty again tried to sneak into the area and managed to force a save from the keeper was the player was looking for his hat trick. Shipley then was replaced by Nazon and The Duck’s first action was to send McNulty clear down the middle, his first touch wasn’t the best but he beat the keeper to the ball was about to go around him for a tap in before going down the ref booked him for a dive just to even things out, Doyle seemed to tell the ref “why would he dive with a tap in for a hat trick?” Six minutes was added on which seemed right as Wanderers laid siege to the goal Burge misjudged one cross but the defence blocked it out before the away side had one cleared off the line. Davies replaced Biambou to see out the game but one last chance fell to Akinfenwna who headed a goal kick over Burge’s bar. The ref finally blew his whistle and City moved to 4th after the most entertaining home game of the year. City are now conceding goals, two the most in a league game at home since Southend in early March but we are now scoring them as well and McNulty is finding the net now if only Biambou can do the same, I can’t see us being stopped.

Man of the Match
1st Marc McNulty: Goals are his game
2nd Rod McDonald: Won just about ever header
3rd Chris Stokes: Even Paul (a Stokes hater) said he had a good game
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:37 pm

Coventry City Vs Cheltenham Town


So it was the game closest to Sisu’s ten anniversary of misrule at City and we welcomed Cheltenham Town for the first ever game between the teams. It was a cold day but thankfully all the icy roads and pavements had disappeared but it was still a cold damp day. MR made changes a few raised an eyebrow. In goal was Burge with Grimmer, Willis, McDonald and the returning Stokes, in midfield we had Vincenti, Doyle, Shipley and making his league debut Bayliss, up front was McNulty and Biambou.

City had dropped out of the play off places thanks to a game on Friday so a win was imperative. City attacked the away end first and in the first attack the ball was squared to McNulty but his shot was blocked and fell to Bayliss, the midfielder hit it first time and with a deflection beat the keeper. A league debut goal after about 70 seconds must be a record. This was a great start and if Cheltenham had any ideas to “park the bus” that plan was scrapped. To be fair they never looked like they came here to defend and after five minutes they won a free kick just outside the penalty area. Their forward Eisa took the free kick and his shot beat Burge but hit the crossbar. The away side looked dangerous as Wright put one wide. City were happy to hit them on the break. Then a glorious chance at the other end as the ball broke and Biambou was unmarked and only had the keeper to beat but put it wide. City were also looking dangerous in a good game when Biambou got the ball and crossed it to Shipley who put his shot not too far wide. At the other end Town’s Eisa was a handful and had a real chance after a quarter of an hour but Burge made himself big to pull of a save. The game was Cheltenham pressing with City raiding forward as McNulty put one wide. McNulty then had a great chance but hurried his shot too quickly and blasted the ball over the bar. With ten to go Town went forward again and the ball went in a box Stokes couldn’t win his tackle and Eisa got the ball in space and beat Burge. City responded and won a corner it came over and a big penalty appeal when Biambou went down and needed treatment. Worrying sights then as McDonald went down heavily and seemed to damage his shoulder when he returned to the game he was holding his arm straight and didn’t look comfortable. Half time came and it was all square.

Second half and no surprise that McDonald had to subbed as it looked like any players that are rumoured to be sold are getting injured. On came Davies to replace him as the second half started. First chance fell to McNulty who again hurried his shot and put it high. Cheltenham missed a good chance but City looked far better in the second half. At the other half Biambou’s goal draught continued as he fired wide. Then after 58 minutes Pell dived in two footed on Doyle, the players surrounded the player with pushing and shoving and the referee Mr Webb bottled it by only handing out a yellow card. City took the free kick and McNulty had a shot pushed over. At the back Davies and Willis were keeping a far better grip of the Town’s forwards whilst Bayliss was using the ball well. With the game even Eisa forced another save from Burge but a good move at the other end saw McNulty get the ball in the box he moved it sideways before blasting over to catcalls from the fans. MR made a change as Vincenti came off and Nazon went on. One of the first things The Duck did was to knock a great ball past the Cheltenham defence and McNulty was in the right position to break free for a run on goal, first touch, great, second touch heavy and with me saying “he must score he must score”, McNulty chipped the ball over the diving keeper to give City the lead. McNulty celebrated with his finger to his lip, fair play to him he had now scored the same number of league goals as our leading scorer last season. McNulty seemed to have done a bit of damage to the back of his leg but got another shot in before being taken off as a precaution with a game coming on Friday. On came Devon to see out the game. City were looking as comfortable as can be on a goal lead when Cheltenham fired one across the face of goal but no away player could get to it before the ref blew for full time and we could go home happy.

Man of the Match
1st Tom Bayliss: Great league debut
2nd Jordan Willis: Won everything at the back
3rd Tom Davies: Helped to tighten things up in the second half


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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:30 pm

Morecambe Vs Coventry City

We went by train for this game which meant I had a chance at last to have my photo taken with the Eric Morecambe statute. After a drink in a pub that is named after the comic’s real name I had a good walk to the Globe. This was our third game here but the first in the league the line up was in goal Burge, with Grimmer, Willis, McDonald and Haynes at the back, Shipley, Stevenson and making his 700th game in England Doyle, up front were Nazon, Biambou and McNulty.

We passed through various snow belts on the way up but Morecambe was fairly mild considering as Accrington called their game off late. A good following was at the ground as City attacked the far end in the first half. The home side soon got a foothold in the game and McDonald had to head off the line early on as their forward Oliver had a shot. McGurk of Morecambe was the first into the book for a foul on Doyle as “We know what we are, we’re the City of Culture” chants came from the away end. It was now worrying that Morecambe, a team in the bottom four seemed to be out playing City as they went close twice before Burge somehow pushed a ball over a bar from close range. City seemed to get over the bad start and went forward with Stevenson seeming certain to score with a powerful shot that was blocked by a Morecambe player. Still it was mainly Morecambe as McGurk tried his luck from distance, it was out as the ball swerved and hit the post. Nazon had a shot saved at the other end. The home side’s forward, Oliver was a real handful as we said we could do with a player like that the ball broke and he had a clear run on goal, Burge raced out but the forward looked favourite but Burge got there to block and concede a corner. Minutes later Morecambe won a free kick in our half and the ball was floated in and Oliver unmarked beat Burge from close in to give the home side a deserved lead. Oliver then fired over before the half came to an end. . .

Second half saw two subs for City on came Devon and Vincenti for Shipley and Nazon. “Who would provide the creativity?” was the thought of us on the terrace. McNulty had a shot over the bar as City looked for a way back in. “We love culture” sang the City fans as the temperature started to drop. Morecambe missed a couple of chances at the other end before McNulty got a tame shot on target. Then Morecambe attacked it fell to their sub Lang who brushed off Devon before weaving his way into the box and beating Burge, it was a good goal and we were making Morecambe look like promotion contenders. Morecambe picked up another booking from Mr Lewis who ran the game well and was the best ref for quite a few games. Beavon then came on to replace Biambou who had won just about every header. City then came very close as McNulty had a shot that struck the inside of the post before going wide. Again the home side went forward only for Burge to flip another goal bound effort over the bar to prevent a real embarrassing score line. It ended with a victory for Morecambe.

After a meal at the Eric Bartholomew, we headed back on the trains and despite, cancelled and delayed trains I got home near the time I thought I would.

Man of the Match
1st Lee Burge: Kept the score down
2nd The fans: Long trip in the weather gave good support
3rd Max Biambou: Won his headers
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:34 am

Coventry City Vs Boreham Wood

So the F.A cup was around another game against a non-league team and another potential banana skin. Before the game I witnessed some Boreham Wood fans arriving by taxi singing “We’re the scam of Hertfordshire”, and “we’re gonna win the cap”. Another Wood fan claimed it was going to be their day. MR put out the strongest side possible playing a 4-3-3, in goal was Burge, with Grimmer, Davies, Willis and Haynes at the back, in midfield we had Doyle, Shipley and Stevenson, and meanwhile up front we had Nazon, Biambou and McNulty. The non-league side had former City loan player Blair Turgott in the staring line up.

The team in white who knocked out Blackpool in the last round started of on the front foot and had the first shot. Then minutes in a Boreham player was laying prostrate on the ground the referee stopped play. He had a word with his assistant as well held our breaths was he about to send Nazon off for an elbow, no just a yellow card which probably means no one saw the incident. What ever happen this encouraged Boreham players to crash to the ground at the slightest touch. It was nearly all the non-league side as they pushed City back and applied pressure on the defence City were coping with Davies winning most things there. Mr Handley the referee was annoying the small home crowd when Doyle challenged in the back of player he went down in stages and Doyle was booked. City were struggling to get going but there were signs that Boreham were running out of steam. Still it needed a good block to prevent a shot on target. Davies then was fouled with a bad tackle resulting in a yellow card. City were finally getting going and after 26 minutes Nazon went forward and picked out McNulty who had found room in the area, he only had the keeper to beat but the custodian spread himself for a good save and the ball fell to Nazon who made no mistake to give City a lead against the run of play. Wood were still getting away with a lot of things the referee was missing as they looked for a leveller. City now looking a lot more comfortable went forward again and Nazon played McNulty into space, the forward raced on and chipped the ball over the keeper we watched as it dipped under the bar for 2-0 and Marc’s third goal in three games. “Two shots, two goals”, I sang. Another lunge by a Wood player saw another yellow card as Shipley curled the free kick not too far wide. Then a great chance for Boreham but Haynes threw himself in with a great block. Nazon then went very close to making it three in injury time but deigned by a good save from their keeper, half time came with City two goals up and one foot in the Third Round.


Wood started on the front foot again early in the second half and went close. Burge took the goal kick and found Nazon, he knocked it to McNulty out wide, the forward then aimed a cross at Biambou but he couldn’t get to it unlike Shipley on the far post who scored with a tap in and made it three. City now in control and just wanted Biambou to get on the score sheet as he was playing really well. Shipley then went close again as City were in cruise control. The non leaguers were still throwing their weight around as the home fans wondered how a Boreham player got away with a blatant elbow on the side of the head of Biambou. The visitors made two changes including sending on former City youth player Shaun Jeffers who received good applauses from the home fans. MR made a couple of changes off went Nazon and Shipley to be replaced by Vincenti and Devon. City then came very close with a Grimmer shot blocked Biambou followed up by hitting the post. The final sub saw Doyle go off after a typical hard working performance and on came Tom Bayliss who had only previously played in the Checkertrade trophy. Later on Biambou was in the wars again this time a player clearly trod on him but again the referee decided it wasn’t a red card. Vincenti then should have done better with a header straight at the keeper before the same player knocked in a great cross and Biambou got to it and looked certain to score but headed it wide.

So City progress to the Third Round and if we draw a “big team” there will be far more fans in the ground.

Man of the Match
1st Marc McNulty: One goal two assists
2nd Tom Davies: Won the battle at the back
3rd: Max Biambou: Did everything but score

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:00 pm

Coventry City Vs Crawley Town


Saturday saw another game watching the cursed Coventry City. We all wondered how a team short on goals can live without Jodi Jones; well the manager seemed to say 5-2-3. In goal was Burge with the wing backs Haynes and Grimmer, Davies, Willis and McDonald at the back with Doyle and Shipley in midfield with Beavon supporting Nazon and McNulty upfront.

It was a cold day as City attacked the away end first and the first action saw Grimmer being taken out by a bad foul and despite being early the ref showed a yellow card and Randall could have no complaints. The resulting free kick was pushed away for a corner. Nazon then went close against a team that had “parked the bus”. Then something I had never seen before the referee waving play on when Crawley took too long over a free kick, fourteen minutes in and Crawley were already time wasting something they were allowed to do throughout the game by a very poor ref. City were trying to attempt to the new system and Beavon looked the most likely up front using the ball well. Beavon used the ball well again later when he found Nazon whose shot was deflected onto the post. Crawley seemed to ride out the early pressure and looked comfortable. At the other end a mistake by Davies let them in until the defender tripped one of their players and picked up an obvious yellow card. At the other end Nazon kept being caught off side by a well organised defence. Both sides won corners but not much was now happening. Then Crawley put together a good move and entered the area fullback Young squared the ball to Roberts who slotted it past Burge to give them the lead. City ended the half to boos from the home fans that were seeing another poor home performance. We seem to be a much better side away from home.

MR had to make a change and he did the reverted back to 4-4-2 swapping Stevenson for Davies. Early in the half Crawley’s winger Boldewijn was given too much room and he curled a shot onto Burge’s crossbar. Soon City were on the front foot whilst Crawley were wasting as much time as possible. Nazon had a shot blocked before McDonald headed the resulting corner wide. This was better from City but Crawley stayed resolute. Then McNulty had a shot cleared off the line by a defender. Grimmer, who was getting forward well won a couple of corners. On a rare break a Crawley player fell over leading to a free kick that Burge did well to keep out. McNulty then had a run in on goal but the keeper blocked when he could have scored. Finally the manager made a change but there was disappointment when it was Beavon that went off and not McNulty, on came Ponticelli. With just over 15 to go Haynes raided down the left and picked out Nazon he squared it to McNulty who took one touch before blasting it past the keeper for a deserved leveller. Now I was saying it was right McNulty stayed on after all”. The forward has now scored three league goals in the last five league games and finally got a home league goal. City now on top had a great chance when Grimmer drove a ball across the six-yard box but no one could get a touch. Crawley were wasting more and more time as one of their players fell over and their physio WALKED onto the pitch, Grimmer tried to dragged the player a couple of yards off the pitch but he stayed and the ref let them get away with it. Crawley won a corner and Randall took an age but was allowed to by the ref. Crawley made a subbed and the played walked off very slowly the ref escorted he part of the way but when he left him the player started to ziz-zag off the pitch. McNulty went close before another sub as Devon replaced Shipley. Ponticelli then found room in the box but went wide and was forced out. McNulty then had a run in on goal but the keeper blocked when he could have scored. City kept going but time was running out. Late on City won a corner before the ref awarded a free kick and that was it.

Man of the Match
1st Jack Grimmer: Attacked well
2nd Ryan Haynes: Set up a goal
3rd: Michael Doyle: Worked hard as normal
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:47 pm

Stevenage Vs Coventry City

I’m pretty sure traffic for midweek games has been getter worse since I started attending them back in the late 1980’s but despite some early hold ups we arrived at the Lamax in plenty of time for our third visit here and we won the previous two. There was a good following in the away end as MR put out the same side that started the Lincoln game, in goal Burge, with Willis, McDonald, Davies and Haynes; in midfield we had Jones, Doyle, Kelly and Shipley with McNulty and Biambou up front. Thankfully we were under cover as it was a wet and blustery night with leaves blowing over our stand all night.

The game kicked off with City attacking the far end and the lights were turned out in the stands with the fans responding with “we’re singing in the dark”. City started well winning a free kick and then a corner. Haynes fired just wide before Stevenage had a shot blocked at our end. Then a good ball saw Biambou go for the ball and he got past his defender and beat the keeper but the ref cancelled the goal for a foul that none of us saw. Stevenage a team that like to get the ball down and play won a corner and a good delivery but Willis threw himself at the ball to clear with a header. With twenty minutes gone Kelly went down and the physio came over and we could see her communicating over her mouthpiece to the bench and Kelly went off, a bitter blow, on came Maycock. A minute or so later City won a corner and Shipley picked out McNulty his shot was saved but the forward managed to bundle the ball over the line to give us a lead. It was the forward’s third league goal all away from home. Stevenage responded well as City were missing Kelly in the middle the home side started to dominate possession. Despite the pressure Stevenage were struggling to test Burge in the goal as the back four held firm with McDonald leading by example. Shipley was first into the book after a foul. Danny Newton, a player City could have signed, then blasted over at our end. Haynes did well on the overlap but it was mostly a containing job for City as Burge had two goes at catching a corner. Thankful City got to half time without conceding.


City started better in the second half as McNulty curled one just past the post. Haynes put in a cross before Jones fired wide. City then won a free kick that Jones took and a player in the wall got a head to it as the shot looked goal-bound. With the game evenly balanced we saw something we did want to see as Jones went down the stretcher was called for, it looked bad and if it is has our chance of promotion gone along with our only creative player? We played against the big physical side like Lincoln and no injuries but picked up two against Stevenage who are not at all physical. On came Vincenti who didn’t do much. City were still looking for a second goal when McNulty played Biambou whose shot was saved. Then a great chance on the counter attack McNulty lofted a great ball to the unmarked Shipley in the area but the midfielder volleyed wide. The home side were still providing the pressure when with 15 minutes left a shot was blocked and Pett smashed the ball past Burge off the crossbar to level it up. Now Stevenage seemed the most likely to win. City still could hit them on the counter and McNulty squeezed past a defender but under pressure couldn’t get a clear hit on the ball. In injury time Stevenage won some corners before Ponticelli replaced McNulty.

In the end we settled for a point.
Hoping for a quick journey back was soon dashed when we saw three junctions of the M1 closed and two junctions of the M6 meaning a diverted trip to the A5 and the M69 arriving home some 45 minutes later than we should have done.

Man of the Match
1st Rod McDonald: Defended well under pressure
2nd Mark McNulty Maybe his best game for us?
3rd Michael Doyle His normal battling self
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Mon Nov 20, 2017 1:23 am

Lincoln City Vs Coventry City


A trouble free trip to Lincoln and we could cross another ground of our lists. It was Coventry’s first visit to Sincil Bank since 1961 a 2-1 win. We have played The Imps four times in the league and on each occasion Lincoln ended up being relegated. No trouble with that this season as they are just behind us in the league. We struggled to find a place to park there but on flashing Kev’s Blue badge we were allowed to park in a car park near the ground for free. Having a walk around we found they had sectioned part of the outside off as a fan zone in there they sold some quality food and beer at a good price, they had outside heaters to keep the fans warm and were pumping out some great tunes from the 1950’s, great stuff. They if that wasn’t good enough they got two ex Lincoln players up for an answer and question session with the fans one player I never heard of but the other was none other than Darren Huckerby! The Huckerster hadn’t changed that much apart from a slightly greying beard. After a good session of questions and answers we moved over to enter the ground. The team news was with Grimmer out, Willis switched to right back with Davies replacing him, with McDonald and Haynes making up the defence. Burge was in goal and in midfield we had Jones, Kelly, Doyle and Shipley, up front we had McNulty and Biambou.

It was a full ground and a great atmosphere as the game got underway with City attacking the away end in the away grey strip. The Sky Blues started off well with good combination between Shipley and Haynes combining well together before a terrific ball went right across the area just begging for a City player to get on the end of but there wasn’t. Lincoln started to show their metal and it was turning out to be a good game. City then had a chance but McNulty couldn’t get any power on the shot. It was a good battle out there a type of game Doyle and Kelly like. It was City veteran who then had a blast on goal. Lincoln’s Long then was booked for an elbow. Up front for City Biambou wasn’t doing too badly and placed a header just wide from a corner. Lincoln were still a handful at the other end with Rhead a handful for Davies and McDonald. The Imps won a corner and it was delivered well, the header beat Burge but Willis was on the line and cleared preventing a goal. Lincoln won the next corner but Burge caught it and bowled it out to Jones and the winger took off down the wing and centred the ball for McNulty who fired against the keeper the ball bounced back off the keeper and on to McNulty and over the line for a goal kick, no luck at all. It was still to and fro as the game went on. After 28 minutes Lincoln went forward and a cross ball found the unmarked Rhead who slotted home to put the home side ahead. City responded well with Shipley getting a good shot on target before Biambou put a header wide. City were pushing and came close when Kelly had a shot but Lincoln’s keeper Vickers did well to keep it out. Not long after a corner caused problems for Lincoln and McDonald had a great chance wide but somehow Vickers kept it out. City kept going to level it before half time when Jones had a shot pushed over by the keeper leaving me thinking “why do keepers always play well against us?” Despite the chances Lincoln were good value for the lead and I could see City dropping out of the top seven.

No changes for the start of the second half, City started off quite well but after six minutes the first change happened when off went McNulty, who had a poor game and on came Nazon. Now City had a real physical presents up front and The Duck started to worry them. For the second time in the game a Lincoln player was booked for an elbow. City took the free kick quickly and Nazon got in the area turned and fired a shot right to the top corner of the goal but Vickers somehow kept it out for his best save yet. McDonald had another shot saved as the game could go either way. Despite the danger from Lincoln it was The Sky Blues that were on top as Jones forced the keeper into another saved. Just after the hour mark City moved forward again with Shipley feeding Jones, the winger got into the box and fire a shot that finally beat the keeper and drew City level. The away end went mad and we had to be careful as some people were going over the seats. At the other end City conceded a free kick that was fired in and a header hit the crossbar the rebound was grabbed by Burge to keep City level. Shipley then went down as yet another elbow was used; I called for a “cuts man” to be sent on, just like they have in boxing. Rhead was very lucky to escape a booking when he tried to block a Burge throw with his hand and minutes later good news as Lincoln’s manager decided to take the big lad off, not a popular choice with the home fans but good news for us. Almost from the re-start City went forward and Jones got into the box and his shot was saved by the keeper, Jones fired again but Vickers got up and brilliantly pushed the ball onto the crossbar, the ball fell to Nazon who drove the ball back in and this time the keeper could do nothing and City took the lead. More mad celebrations in the away end as Nazon was booked for taking his shirt off. City now in the lead had something to defend but it was still the away side looking more likely as Nazon tested the keeper again. City were looking comfortable as possible with a goal lead as Stokes came on late to replace the excellent Shipley to see the game out. Deep in injury time Burge was harshly booked for time wasting before yet another elbow resulted in only a yellow card for Lincoln be the ref blew for full time and to signal a great win. It was Lincoln’s first home defeat in a league game since September last season when Barrow won there.

Man of the match
A tough pick because of so many good performances
1st Rod McDonald: Strong at the back unlucky not to score
2nd Jodi Jones: Plenty of danger
3rd Jordan Shipley Quality
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:59 pm

Coventry City Vs Mansfield Town

So we took on the pre-season League Two favourites at the Ricoh. There was a good following from Mansfield maybe the largest and nosiest of the season. The line up for City reverted back to the starting eleven for the Luton game. The team was in goal Burge, with Grimmer, McDonald, Willis and Haynes at the back, Jones, Kelly, Doyle and former Mansfield player Vincenti in midfield leaving McNulty and Ponticelli up front.

City started well with a couple of early corners then had a great chance as the ball was played in Ponticelli had a snap shot that the Stags’ keeper Logan did well to keep out and his rebound went wide. A couple of minutes later McNulty sent in a long range shot that seemed to be touched over by the keeper but not by the ref who awarded a goal kick. Jones then had a shot on the turn forcing the keeper to save again. Mansfield then started to get into the game and they were not sitting back like most sides do here. Mansfield went close with a good shot before the same player, Hemmings, forced Burge into a save. Town were now applying the pressure as Burge did well to save a shot before their star player Rose hit the post. This was quite a good game with both teams looking to get forward and it was City next on the attack with McNulty forcing the keeper into a save. On the half hour mark Hemmings slipped past McDonald and the big defender slid in to try to win the ball but missed bringing the player down and no real complaints about a yellow card. What happened next was unbelievable the player received treatment but somehow the referee let him stay on the pitch for the free-kick despite the City players pointing out it was against the rules. At the other end Ponticelli got the ball in the net but the flag was long up for off side. Near half time Vincenti got past his man before he was chopped down a similar foul that McDonald carried out and the same result a yellow card. Half time came with no goals.

Second half saw Mansfield on the front foot and pushing forward with White shooting just over. We all held our breaths as Rose went down in the box but the referee interpreted it as a dive and booked the player. Around this time we were saying we would take a draw. MR made a change and off went the disappointing Vincenti and on came Biambou who made a difference. Then another big penalty appeal turned down by the ref as the Mansfield player claimed he was brought down by Grimmer. Mansfield went close again before City won a corner that Grimmer headed over but had a clash of heads with a Mansfield player and had to go off and was replaced by Davies. Biambou got a header on target before the same player minutes later brushed past a player earning a free kick and Jones got booked for protesting about it. With six minutes to go Rose played in Mansfield’s McDonald who hit an unstoppable shot from out the area and the away side were in the lead and I couldn’t begrudge them the score-line. City pushed forward and in the 90th minute had a great chance as McNulty played in Ponticelli but the keeper was too quick and blocked his shot from close in. In the last minute of injury time City won a free kick that Jones got around the wall but was read by the keeper and City fell to our third 1-0 home defeat of the season.

Man of the match
1st Jordan Willis: Solid at the back
2nd Tony Kelly: Used the ball well
3rd Max Biambou: Looked good when he came on
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:34 pm

Coventry City Vs Maidenhead United


So the F.A Cup was around again and we faced a non-league side for the 22nd time since becoming a league and on seven of those we had lost. Two players playing today were there for the last defeat against Worcester, left back Haynes and keeper Burge who had a nightmare with a red card. The others proved that MR was taking this seriously as he put out a near full strength side, the rest of the team was Grimmer at right back with McDonald and Davies at the back, midfield saw Jones, Shipley, Doyle and Vincenti with Ponticelli and McNulty up front. The Magpies were only a division below City and safely in mid table. Only just over 3,000 was in the ground as our normal stand was closed down. We sat in the main stand and pre-match entertainment consisted on the number of people that stumbled on a step near us that was steeper than the one below it.

The non league side started the brighter attacking the other end to were their fans were they had the first chance when Barrett skipped past a defender but thankfully fired at Burge when he had a chance to do better. City started to get into the game then should have took the lead when a long ball from Doyle was chased by Jones, their keeper came out and his clearance hit McNulty, the ball went to Shipley who played McNulty back in he was already passed the keeper and then went by a defender with the goal to aim at and no keeper he hit it straight allowing a defender to clear off the line when City should have been in front. United’s main threat came from their winger Barrett who after 15 minutes tried to chip Burge from a narrow angle going close. Davies was playing well at the back proving we have strength in depth there, also Vincenti was doing well also on the wings but I could feel the crowd’s tension growing the longer it took us to score. City then came close as a good ball was hit by McNulty that beat the keeper but hit the crossbar. City now were playing better as we went forward again. Grimmer went on the overlap and got the ball he beat the United player and entered the box with a great chance he squared the ball to Ponticelli who drove it home for his first home goal and the tension eased. Shipley had a couple of wild blasts as the game went on. It was looking like City would go in at half time with a goal lead when Maidenhead won a throw in, up stepped Barrett who has a dangerous long throw but this time it wasn’t so hot as Shipley was first to it and cleared, Jones was quick to read this and got the ball and raced down the field he then knocked the ball forward and tried to outpace a defender but Goodman just about won the race he dived in to clear the ball in the area but slipped up, Jones got the ball back and knocked the ball to Ponticelli who took one touch sending past the keeper to make it two. A minute or so later a big noise from the away fans as Massey hit the ground near Vincenti another player raced over and when near Vincenti fell down clutching his face. The referee then had to act he talked to his assistant, would it be a red for Vincenti? In the end it was only a yellow which seemed for a push and not a punch but who did the player that threw himself down escape a booking for the clearest simulation I am ever likely to see. The half was over with City in command Vincenti had a word with the Maidenhead manager, Alan Devonshire, on the way off.

Robins decided on a change at half time off came Vincenti, who might have been a target for the away side to be sent off and on came Biambou who helped Sutton on their great cup run last year. Maidenhead also made a sub and a surprisingly one as off went Barrett, their best player.

United came out and gave it a go to see if they could get back into the game but they faced a team with the best defensive record in English League football. After 50 minutes they got a shot on target but easy for Burge. City really were in second gear and coasting to the next round. City nearly extended the score with good work from Jones and he picked out McNulty in the box and his header was a fraction too high. Two subs saw Maycock replace Shipley and Nazon replaced Ponticelli with 16 minutes to go to inject some life into the game. The big Haitian did this running at the Maidenhead defence. Davies had a header on target as the game went on. Then a great chance for Maidenhead as a player broke through out wide but couldn’t keep his shot down. No more problems as City coasted to victory but enough time for McNulty to get a header on target and late on Biambou put in a great cross and McNulty scored only to be ruled off side, we had a the prefect view of the goal and he look comfortably on side. The ref blew for full time and City eased their way into Round Two.

Man of the match
1st Jack Grimmer: Defended well set up the important goal
2nd Tom Davies: The best 3rd choice central defender in League Two
3rd Jordan Ponticelli: Two goals
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Oct 29, 2017 9:58 pm

Luton Town Vs Coventry City


It was the case of the irresistible force Vs the unmovable object as the best attack took on the best defence at Kenilworth Road. I had a feeling things were going our way on the ferrying run as I parked outside Lisa’s house and right outside Kev’s house, this has never happen before. After ferrying them both over to Lutterworth we met Paul for a pre-journey English breakfast. An easy trip down the motorway and Paul managed to find a parking space and squeeze his car in. Kenilworth Road is known as a real dump and for good reasons. We entered the ground under a terrace house and the stairs took us over some gardens. Inside the ground we had the team news that City fans have been waiting for Ponticelli was to start, alongside him was McNulty who desperately needed a goal, the midfield was Jones, Kelly, Doyle and the returning Vincenti, at the back was Grimmer, Willis, McDonald and Haynes leaving Burge in goal. The Luton line-up included James Collins an alleged summer target for City and Luke Berry who scored a hat trick against us last season for Cambridge. It was a pack out away end with a great atmosphere.

Could City keep out an attack that scored seven league goals in their home game? It was said this game would suit City as Luton were never going to “park the bus” and the Hatters went forward early on with Coventry born Collins volleying wide. City were resolute at the back and the ref got into action in the 6th minute after Hylton rubbed his arm in the face of McDonald and picked up a yellow card. City started to get going as Grimmer played in Jones and he won a corner. City were playing well with Kelly hunting down midfielders and McDonald winning the battle against the dangerous Town forwards. The City front two were working hard and in the 14th minute Ponticelli charged after a loose ball back to the keeper and he was rushed into a clearance the ball fell to Kelly some 45 yards out, he got the ball and sent it over the keeper only to hit the crossbar. City went forward again in the 17th minute and Haynes found Jones and the wide player crossed, McNulty was on hand and met the ball with a perfect header beating the keeper for a much needed goal from open play. There were mad scenes in the away end as we could celebrate a goal at last. City fans were no singing even louder with what is becoming the theme song for this season, “wo-wo-ow we’ve got Michael Doyle, wo-wo-wo Kelly in the middle, wo-wo-wo we never give the ball away, one-two-three” (repeat). Now City had something to defend as McDonald and Willis were winning everything at the back. Hylton headed one wide but apart from that The Hatters were struggling to break down The Sky Blues. It was a game were everyone was playing well. Ponticelli was receiving some rough treatment but wasn’t fazed. Jones then was hacked down and his assailant was booked. Half time came with City one up and playing well.

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The second half saw City attacking the away end and it was the away side that came close first with Jones’ shot being saved by Stench in the goal (I added a “n” to his name for comic effect). At the other end Burge saved a shot but at the other end controversy as Ponticelli shot and there was a clear hand ball by a Luton player that the referee missed. Whilst we were still appealing for a penalty Luton went forward but for some great blocks and tackles with McDonald putting in a great example of this. City won a couple of corners before Willis seemed to be hit in the face in the penalty area but as so often this season the referee didn’t want to know. More poor refereeing when Willis went down and they were given a free kick. The physio came on and Willis needed treatment having his head bandaged despite the Luton fans booing thinking he was wasting time. When he was off Burge got a good fist to the ball before Collins just missed a pass as the ball went through to the keeper. MR decided to make the first changes as off went Ponticelli after a really good full debut then off went Vincenti who also had a good game and on came Biambou. Burge managed to grab a low shot as we were counting down the clock. Nazon then had a run but his shot was blocked. Haynes had a shot before the last change as off went Jones and on came Shipley. It was signalled we had eight minutes of injury time which seemed right by my stop watch. It was going to be a nervy injury time but then McNulty was played clean through with only the keeper to beat until he was hacked down just outside the area by Rea who was sent off for a “professional foul”. It was some surprise that Shipley was lining up to take the kick. The youngster hit it well it sailed over the wall and impacted into the right hand top corner, the crowd went ballistic as we got the cushion. We could celebrate now and enjoy the last minutes then Biambou played in Nazon, The Duck didn’t bother picking out an unmarked McNulty but ran in on goal before beating Stech to wrap it up 3-0. That’s three away league victories all against Towns.

Leaving the ground we found our quick route back to the car blocked by a big wall put up by the police forcing to walk the long way around with the Luton fans. In the car Three Counties Radio said City barley deserved the win they need to watch the game.

Man of the match
1st Rod McDonald: A concrete rock at the back
2nd Jordan Willis: Stitches in the head no problem
3rd Tony Kelly: Unlucky not to score
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:31 pm

Coventry City Vs Colchester United

It was the day of Storm Brian and not long after Dale Evans emerged in a possible take-over which reminded many of the Joe Dhinsa bid years ago. City went looking for first goal in three games and to help out Ryan Haynes played for the first time this season after recovering from an operation. The rest of the line up was Burge in goal with the other defenders Grimmer, Willis and McDonald, in midfield we had Doyle, Kelly, Jones and Nazon with McNulty and Beavon up front, the strikers that failed miserably together earlier in the season.

City started well and in the first minute Jones beat his man and whipped in a cross that McNulty headed wide. City then had a corner five minutes later that went across the box but no-one was on hand to score. Colchester didn’t come here to “park the bus” and were trying to get forward and had the first effort on goal but a soft header for Burge to collect. The game then drifted into boredom as both defences were on top. One clearance went high into the unoccupied stand sending a ball boy scurrying after the ball; he found it in quick time and returned it to play to great applause from the home fans. Twenty three minutes into the game the ref missed a blatant foul on Jones that left him needing treatment, after he continues but couldn’t shake off the knock and had to be replaced, so our most attacking player had to leave, he was replaced by Shipley. The game hardly got any better Colchester had another effort on target but again straight at Burge. At the other end a glimmer of hope as Nazon got free wide and fired the ball into the area but again no forward anywhere in sight. The first half ended with no goals again as City were booed off.

Half time and as normal we had a fan invited onto the pitch to shoot into an empty net from the penalty spot, the edge of the box, 35 yards and the halfway line he achieved them all which is rarely done and this was the highlight of the game so far.

The second half wasn’t much better and frustration began to boil over on the pitch as Nazon and Colchester’s Inniss squared up to each other as the ref booked them both. Three minutes later Doyle went flying into a great tackle but the ref booked him as well. With City fans now demanding Ponticelli, MR decided to throw on Vincenti, a play many wanted to start in the first place. Off went Beavon who hadn’t played too badly but never looked like scoring. City now were putting the pressure on as the fullbacks were getting forward but the forwards were struggling to find room to shoot. Then Shipley played McNulty in point blank in front of the keeper the shot went wide but no corner again McNulty missed a sitter. Colchester’s Lapsie was then booked for decent and a minute later he fell to ground and grabbed the ball stopping City getting it, despite the protests there was only one course of action from the ref and he showed a second yellow card and he was off. United now, not surprisingly decided to sit back and play for a point as Nazon had a couple of shots blocked and Haynes drove wide form outside the box. Many fans attention was drawn to the away section where Colchester fans seemed to be unhappy then we saw a steward go flying over the seats and land badly, let’s hope the perpetrators get life bans from all football. City kept up the pressure and a ball in was missed by three City players, “Ponticelli would have buried that!” I screamed towards Robins, who is starting to remind me of Micky Adams in his attitude of “I know best the fans are idiots” over not playing Ponticelli or even bringing him on. Injury time saw a good cross from Shipley but Haynes couldn’t get his header down and it ended with no goals.
After the stats pointed out City failed to register a single shot on target which is unacceptable, things need to change quickly otherwise the fans could start to turn on the manager.

Man of the Match:
1st Jack Grimmer: Again attacked well.
2nd Ryan Haynes: Great to have him back gives balance
3rd Jordan Shipley: Provided the best, not saying much, chances.

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Wed Oct 18, 2017 8:05 pm

Coventry City Vs Forest Green Rovers


So our first ever meeting with the village team based in Nailsworth. FGR have had a bad start to the season and have a very leaky defence so a great chance for City to end the goal drought. The line up was in goal Burge, with Grimmer, Willis, McDonald and former Forest Green left-back Stokes making up the defence. In midfield we had Kelly, Doyle, with Jones and Nazon out wide and McNulty and Biambou up front. Forest Green Rovers fans was housed in the tiny section of the part between the normal away end and the main stand.

The opening ten minutes was pretty non-descript before FGR won a corner in the 11th minute. The away side then won a free kick which was on target but straight at Burge. City were struggling to break down Rovers but finally after 20 minutes had the first shot on target as Jones fired tamely at the keeper. The game wasn’t great and in the 28th minute FGR went forward and Keanu-Marsh hit a shot along the ground then incredibly Burge couldn’t hold the ball and it ended up in the back of the net. Only two league goals at home conceded this season both keeper howlers. This shock stirred City into action as Grimmer got in a shot at the keeper. Doyle then had a blast before City couldn’t exploit a couple of corners. The away side were now wasting as much time as possible and coning the gullible referee at ever opportunity. A good cross saw Biambou get a header but he could only direct it towards the keeper. City’s front two were struggling to get any change out of the FGR defenders as Biambou had a shot blocked. Half time was reached and City were booed off.

We wanted changes but none were coming after the break but we hoped for the normal improved performance in the second half. Nazon was first to show with a blocked shot followed minutes later by firing one past the post. It was now all City as Rovers were in serious time-wasting mode and falling over at every opportunity. Biambou then put a header wide before Nazon had another shot blocked. Both City wide players were busy whilst Grimmer looked good on the overlap, meanwhile Stokes refused to get forward at all. A great cross from the Duck and headed wide by Biambou. Yet more time wasting by the visitors as City were running out of steam and needed a change up front. Grimmer had a shot blocked before Biambou fired wide again. Finally MR made the change that should have happened at half time off went Biambou replaced by Ponticelli and off went Stokes to be replaced by Shipley but somehow McNulty stayed on. A good cross by Jones found Ponticelli and his header forced the keeper to tip the ball away. Then a Jones shot was pushed away by the keeper as yet again we made the opposition keepers look good. The Duck was booked for impeding the keeper. City kept attacking but Rovers were settled at the back as Ponticelli went close. One fan got on the pitch to protest at the performance before Doyle done his bit for crowd control. Seven minutes were added on but City couldn’t break them down and another worrying game without a goal as City drop out of the Play off zone.

Man of the Match
1st Jack Grimmer: Attacked well
2nd Jodi Jones: Dangerous
2nd Duken Nazon: Did wide out wide

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:00 pm

Accrington Stanley Vs Coventry City


It was a slow journey up to darkest Lancashire to face the famous old team of Accrington Stanley. So a pleasant day and yet another new ground and with open terracing we were glad it wasn’t raining. It was our first meeting with Stanley since February 1960. On the terracing of the Wham Stadium were heard the team news that Kelly was out injured and was replaced by Stevenson and Nazon had recovered enough from his flight back from Japan were he started for Haiti in an international friendly. The rest of the line-up was in goal Burge, with Grimmer, Willis, McDonald and Stokes at the back, Doyle in midfield with Jones and Devon out wide and Biambou up front. We had a big following and outnumbered the home fans.

City took to the pitch in the horrible away kit of grey top and white shorts; they had to wear it at least once. Stanley attacked our end in the first half and started well winning a couple of early corners before Burge had the first catching practice of the day. Then the home side came close as one of their wingers found room and fired towards goal forcing Burge to tip it onto the post. City were struggling to get going as the home side pressed. Accrington got another one on target before City finally started to get forward. It was Nazon, no doubt buoyed by a brilliant goal against Japan, blasted a volley not too far over the bar. A minute later a good chance as City broke down the left their keeper came out and was stuck in no-man’s-land but Jones’ lob went over. Then in the 14th minute an Accrington attack saw Clarke on the ball he looked like he was ready to shoot but then knocked the ball to his left for the totally unmarked McConville who beat Burge to give the home side a deserved lead. City fans were complaining about the slack marking at the back. Stanley now were looking for another as City continued to struggle without Kelly, which is very worrying. They came close again before Grimmer fired wide at the other end. The City fans were unusually quite as the team were giving us nothing to get excited about. Stevenson picked up a booking for the first noteworthy foul maybe a little harsh but the referee on the whole had a good game. McConville was still the main danger from Stanley and he nearly had a big slice of luck when he charged down a Grimmer clearance the ball ballooned over Burge and onto the bar. At the back McDonald seemed to be hell bent on setting a record for the number of balls he cleared out of the ground. Jones at the other end went close as the half drew to then end and City went in at a goal down with booing from the following.


City did start the second half better with Jones firing wide. Finally a tame Duck effort was our first shot on target. Now with his sights set Nazon got in a better shot a minute later forcing the keeper to push it away. MR made his first chance off went Devon who was poor and on came McNulty, with Nazon switching wide. Jones wriggled his way in again only to be deigned by the keeper’s legs, the referee had played a good advantage and received good applause when he went back and booked the player that committed the foul. Doyle, as hardworking as ever, then fired at the keeper. Biambou then went down in the area but it didn’t look like a penalty. Biambou was working hard up front and winning headers but Stanley were well organised but by now City were getting on top. Then a great chance after good build up the ball fell to Nazon but he dragged his shot wide when it should have been on target. City continued to apply the pressure when McNulty headed a cross over the bar. Jones then sent in a shot on target that the keeper push away but it was at a good height for him. Ponticelli came on for Biambou with only four minutes to go. In injury time Nazon was hacked down resulting in a booking and the forward going off to be replaced by Vincenti but City couldn’t force the equaliser and we had the long trip home in 7th place with major worries about goal scoring.

Man of the Match
1st Michael Doyle: A few stray passes but kept the midfield together
2nd Jodi Jones: Looked our only danger
3rd Jordan Willis: Solid



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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:25 pm

Barnet Vs Coventry City


When relegation stated to look likely last season Kev hatched a plan that if we ended up playing Barnet on a Saturday we would go by train and invite the Sitton Brother other for a day out. Despite the times changing we carried out this plan. Cycled to the train station and with Kev, Rach and Lisa travelled to London by train and meet Erik and Niels there. They had set out the previous night by coach from The Haag and arrived in London early this morning. We made our way via the Tube past Wembley and onto Cannon Park Tube Station and a short walk back to the Hive home of Barnet F.C. Now the little modern ground impressed us all set in plenty of room for other pitches the ground was tidy and neat with a massive bar area for the away fans. There was a bit of a queue to get in mainly because of security searches, now I was worried they would take my bike lights off me so I stuffed them beneath my gloves in my pockets and despite a good feel of these I got in. Next were the Twins but one had to hand over a deodorant because it was a dangerous weapon. We joked the stewards would keep it and all we hade to do after the game was to smell them after and the best smelling would be the guilty party. Inside the ground we heard the team news and it was in goal Burge, with Grimmer, Willis, McDonald and Stokes at the back, Doyle, Kelly in midfield with Devon and Jones out wide supporting Biambou and McNulty up front.


It was a great atmosphere in the away stand as City had a chance of going top against an out of form Bees. We kicked off in the early start attacking the away end in our first ever League meeting with this North London side. It was a turgid start with the first chance from Biambou going wide. We saw Rob and he came over to stand in front of me, he hasn’t seen the Sitton Brothers for quite a while. At our end Barnet just drove wide but the game wasn’t great. Barnet then had a break when a ball was played behind Stokes and the Bees’ winger cut in and drove the ball across the area but Burge got to it first just beating a Barnet forward and the tracking Grimmer. Barnet who were just edging the game then fired wide. Then three drummers appeared between the home and away stands and started to drum, much to the delight of the away fans who joined in, stewards arrived and told the drummers to move so not to be an obstruction to much booing from us. The drummers played on for a wide before packing up. City finally were trying to get going as Devon had a shot blocked and Jones had a shot and target. The first half had no more chances as it ended scoreless and must have been pretty poor viewing for any one watching on Sky.


The second half City attacked towards us and it got a lot better as Jones, who hadn’t had much of the ball up to then, nipped in and blasted a shot across the penalty area but no City player was on hand to turn it in. City kept up the pressure when McNulty got down the right and whipped in a great cross, Devon threw himself at it but couldn’t get enough contact and Doyle did the same before getting up and blaming Devon for him missing the chance. Then another chance as McNulty broke and we were just thinking “just put your foot through it”, but he squared it and the chance was gone. There only looked like one winner at this stage as Biambou got a head on target but no trouble for the keeper. Jones then found room and fired over a shot before a break saw City go forward, Kelly had the ball and could have slipped McNulty in for a run on goal but instead opted for a 30-yard + shot that was well off target. Barnet had seemed to ridden the storm but seemed quite happy to play for a draw. MR made his first chance off went Devon and on came Shipley. With eleven minutes to go Barnet went forward and fired in a shot on target an easy save for Burge but the Barnet fans ironically cheered their first effort. A second change was made as Ponticelli finally came on after warming up for ages; he replaced McNulty for his League debut. This lifted City and Kelly had a blast that the Bees’ keeper pushed away. Late in the game a corner saw what looked like a handball by a Barnet player before it was cleared. In the end the ref blew for a disappointing performance offensively.


Man of the Match
1st Jordan Willis: The nominations have to go to the back four
2nd Jack Grimmer Got forward as well
3rd Rod McDonald Safety first

After the game The Sitton Brothers grabbed a few autographs and Burge commented “we had to keep our concentration”. Later we travelled on the Tube to Swiss Cottage, which is a pub and were other City fans were, including Rob. During this time Rach got a call from a friend who was at the game, she had been abandoned in London by here husband, so Rach raced off to looked after here. Kev, Lisa, the Twins, I and another friend set of for Euston to find something to eat. With an hour before E & N were due to leave we settled in Café Rouge a bit expensive. After saying goodbye to the lads we found Rach and here friend in a pub near the station. It was then we witnessed plenty of police cars were racing to the train station for some type of incident. Things had cleared up when we arrived and we persuaded Rach’s friend to take out train and not the one she was booked on two hours later. A slow train back to Cov before I reached home just after nine.

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Wed Oct 04, 2017 8:05 pm

Walsall Vs Coventry City


We set off to see if little Coventry City could pull off a giant killing in beating the West Midland powerhouse of Walsall (ok sarcasm over). We arrived at the ground and hoped Mark Robins had rested a few of the star players but found out he had made ten changes but on one was complaining. Meanwhile Walsall made five changes form their last game. In the ground we were in the only stand open at the side but more City fans turned up than Walsall expected. The line-up was in goal O’Brien, with Dion K-E, Hyam, captain for the day Grimmer and Camwell making up the back four, in midfield was Shipley, Maycock, Stevenson and Vinceti with Beavon and McNulty up front. It was a game we wouldn’t mind losing so we could concentrate on the league but a win would be nice as well.

We started the game attacking the far end. Devon Kelly-Evans was in the stand with his mum and dad and a chorus of “Devon give us a song”, rang out and the winger responded by starting the Sky Blue Army song. Walsall had former Sky Blue’s loan player Agyei playing for them and he got forward early on. The view form the side wasn’t the best and the game wasn’t much cop either the early highlight was the chant of “your losing your hair”, aimed at the linesman who was going thin on top. To our right we then saw a few fans being allowed into the stand behind the goal as the block to the extreme left was made available we made our move over and had a far better view. City started to find their feet and were looking the better side as a Beavon header was hacked clear. The Sky Blues continued to go forward looking for a way through as a Vincenti header was cleared before Stevenson had a good shot deflected wide. Just past the half hour mark Walsall went forward and Ismail got into the area at a wide position followed by Vincenti but unfortunately the big winger got too close and clipped his heels, the ref, who had a good game, gave a penalty. Ismail took the kick sending O’Brien the wrong way and Walsall took an undeserved lead. City hit back and their keeper made a good save to keep out Vincenti. The game was opening up now and O’Brien had to be quick to beat a Bakayoko to the ball but the big forward slid in with his studs and was booked. City then had a chance but Shipley looked for the perfect angle to shoot instead of hitting it, he passed to Vinceti who drove wide. Half time City a goal down and facing elimination.

Now one thing just about every City fan wanted to see was Jordan Ponticelli, given a game and he was a half time sub for Beavon. The big question was could the kid take an opportunity it he got one? City now were attacking the end we were in. Stevenson hit an early shot that grazed the corner flag! City won a corner some seven minutes into the game and it was delivered to McNulty, the forward got the ball with his back to the keeper and was heading away from him when the keeper brought him down and City won a penalty. McNulty took it and placed it just inside the keeper’s left hand post which was good because the keeper went the right way but couldn’t reach the ball and City were level and back in with a chance of defending the Trophy. City were now on the front foot and a ball from Camwell was intercepted by the Walsall defenders but loose control saw the ball go behind them and McNulty raced onto it and into the area with only the keeper to neat but out wide he suddenly played a square ball and Ponticelli steamed in and placed the ball past the keeper to spark off celebrations, the younger prolific goal scorer raced over the to side stands with a knee-slide. Now City were on top and a good run and cross by Shipley just went wide of the far post. Despite the changes at the back City were still looking solid with Dion in a mood for a battle for anyone that came near him. Walsall were now worried and threw on their star player “The Turkish Messi” in the shape of Oztumer. At the other end Ponticelli’s pace was worrying Walsall as he was linking up well with McNulty. MR made another change and he gave a debut to the speedy winger Bilal Sayoud. Walsall’s best chance seemed to be falling over near the penalty are and winning free kicks but City dealt them no problem. Into injury time and a Walsall shot was deflected wide by Stevenson. The corner came over and a made scrambled took placed suddenly the Walsall fans started to celebrate as Agyei, scrambled the ball over the line to level. No extra time in this competition, a great idea. So we went to penalties.

Now we made a bee-line foe the block directly behind the goal at first a Steward tried to hold us back but in the end let us through. City must have won the toss because the kicks were to be taken right in front of us. First up was McNulty and he placed the kick to the keeper’s left but it lacked his normally accuracy and the keeper saved it. Oztumer took Walsall’s first and sent O’Brien the wrong way, 1-0 Walsall. It was then I realised the new A-B-B-A penalty system was in operation as the next player forward was a Walsall one. The player taking it was former City youth player Darragh Leahy, he placed the kick to O’Brien’s top left corner with the keeper going the other way 2-0 to Walsall. City now had two pens in a row and really needed to score both, first up was Vincenti who placed the ball to the top right of the keeper 2-1 Walsall. The up stepped Stevenson and he too whacked the ball to the Keeper’s top right was the custodian went the other way, 2-2 but the home side had a penalty in hand. They had two kicks coming up. It was Danny Agyei to take their 3rd penalty and blasted it down the middle but O’Brien red his attentions and got a first to it and blocked the shot 2-2 and back level again. This new system was quite hard to keep track of. Walsall’s penalty number four was taken by Bakayoko and placed it to O’Brien’s left the keeper went the right way but couldn’t get to the ball 3-2 to Walsall. City then had two penalties to complete our five shots and our penalty number four was taken by Shipley and sent the keeper the wrong way to make it 3-3, the “glory penalty” was to be taken by Ponticelli and he sent the keeper the wrong way to give City the lead for the first time. Final penalty of the normal shot out was to be taken by Edwards if he scored we would go into sudden death but using the A-B-B-A method. Edwards stepped up and placed the kick to O’Brien’s right but the keeper got it right and saved, City had won!

The table stands like this Shrewsbury are through, Walsall our on 4 pts and City on 2 pts, we have to beat WBA’s U21 and hope Walsall don’t beat Shrewsbury away in normal time or penalty in the next game. We left happy with the result and the performance considering they are a division up and we made more changes. I got home just after 11 after one of those unexplained lane closers on the M6.

Man of the Match
1st Jordan Ponticelli: A star of the future?
2nd Dion Kelly-Evans: Battled for ever inch.
3rd Marc McNulty: Won and scored the penalty and laid the other one on a plate.


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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:08 pm

Coventry City Vs Crewe Alexandra


So we had a familiar team at the Ricoh as Crewe turned up with a good record at the ground with three wins in five games in all competitions. The Railwaymen whoever are on a bad run conceding eleven goals in the last three games resulting in giving a debut to their second choice keeper. Coventry meanwhile were unchanged from Swindon, slightly surprisingly after we thought Stokes would be out for a couple of weeks at least. The line up was in goal Burge, with Grimmer, Willis, McDonald and Stokes at the back, Doyle and Kelly in midfield with Jones and Devon out wide leaving Biambou and Nazon up front. The away side also had Chris Dagnall who played five games for City on loan scoring on his debut in that amazing game at MK Dons.

It was a home game so it was raining as the game got underway and Crewe edged the first five minutes before City started to get the ball moving. One attack saw a defender beat Jones to the ball he fired the ball of the winger thinking it would go into touch but City then got a large slice of luck as the ball rolled along the ground and hit the corner flag staying in, Jones was first to react, getting to the ball before picking out Nazon in the area and the man due for International duty with Haiti gave the debutant keeper no chance and City were in front. I remember Manchester United scoring a goal like that at Highfield Road once, great days. City were on top and the ball was played to Jones in the area he chipped the ball that beat the keeper but hit the crossbar. City now were all over Crewe as they were struggling to come to terms with our attack. Devon went close with a blocked shot whilst Nazon was a handful. Every time we went forward it looked like we could score as the long threaten hammering looked on the cards. The away side rode out the storm and remained in it and started to get more of the ball as the half wore on. City rallied near the end of the half but only had one goal to show for it.

First time this season I took an interest in other scores in our division.

Second half saw City go close again as a Nazon overhead kick just went wide and out for a corner but we couldn’t see which Crewe player got a touch. It was noticeable that Crewe now had worked out City and nullified the attack, keeping in the game and hoping to sneak one. City were standing firm with Kelly and Doyle screening and McDonald and Willis winning everything with the man they call “Concrete” dominating at the back. A goal lead is always a nervy one no matter how good the defence is and Crewe then had a chance as Doyle gave away a free kick just outside and wide of the penalty area, the kick was taken and the crossbar was shaved. The game itself was pretty dull and the crowd started to urge MR to make a change. The manager soon did make a change as Beavon came on to replace Biambou who was winning headers but an exhausted looking Nazon wasn’t getting on the end of them. The new dynamic of Beavon was a great change by the manager and his first action was to send Nazon clear but his shot was blocked by the keeper. City were now all of a sudden back on top again as McDonald had a shot saved and Nazon headed wide from a corner. Nazon then broke through again but again the keeper made a good save as City just couldn’t get the killer goal. It was now nearly all City as the keeper did well to keep out a Jones shot. Jones then curled one wide and demanded a corner and he earned a booking from the ref for persistently questioning his judgment on throw-ins and corners. City were still solid at the back and when ever the ball got through McDonald was on hand to head it clear. Crewe won a corner in injury time but the defence dealt with it without any trouble. Deep in injury time Jones forced another good save fro m the keeper before the referee blew for full time and we could celebrate another win.

Man of the match:
1st Rod McDonald: Massive at the back as Crewe failed to get a shot on target.
2nd Tony Kelly: Broke up play well.
3rd Jordan Willis: Anything McDonald missed Jordan got.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:03 pm

Swindon Town Vs Coventry City


A trouble free trip to the familiar surrounding of the County Ground as we completed the games against fellow relegated sides. Swindon are a real bogy team as we have failed to beat them in any league game for over 50 years and we have played a few times as well in three different levels of the Football League since. Having a long chat to a Swindon fan he says they are a “long ball” team and asked us about Reece-Cook who is their 2nd choice he guessed will be first choice when they sell their keeper next year. He also didn’t rate Connor Thomas when he was at Swindon nor did I when he was at City. The team news was that Swindon’s left back Chris Hussey was out with an injury and Radio Wiltshire were worried about his replacement keeping Jodi Jones in check. The line up for City was in goal Burge, with Grimmer, Willis, McDonald and Stokes at the back, Doyle, Kelly, Devon K-E and playing his 50th league game Jones, up front was Biambou and Nazon.

There was a good following to the ground as the game got underway. Jones was the first to show skipping around two challenges before being hacked down but the referee only gave a warning if the same foul happened ten minutes later the player would have been booked. Then City almost had they perfect start when Biambou was sent clear but their keeper, Vigouroux stood his ground and made the save. A minute later and the forward broke through on the other side and just before he entered the area a defender seemed to drag him down, “free kick and a straight red card”, so we thought but the referee Mr Breakspear bottled the decision in what even Radio Wiltshire said was a foul. The City fans were fuming as we never seem to get a fair ref on this ground. The Sky Blues however were buoyed and swept forward again as Nazon played in Biambou and his turn and shot was straight at the keeper. Swindon launched a rare attack and what to us looked like a dive won them a dangerous free kick, it was taken and the Swindon fans were on their feet but a City player got a deflection on the ball and it just went wide. Biambou got one on target from a corner as City continued to look the better side. Then in the 19th minute an attack that may have been off side, came down the right and the ball fell to Swindon’s Norris who expertly volleyed the ball past Burge to give the home side a goal lead, it was well taken. City were knocked back and nearly went two down but thankfully the player failed to get his header on target. City fans were still backing the team and with the Swindon fans in our stand not too far away one fan that was wearing white Chinos came in for a lot of stick. City recovered and started to go forward again as Nazon was played into the area and from a similar position he scored against Cambridge in but this time it was the side netting. City kept up the pressure and after 32 minutes Jones got on a run and played in a low ball in the area and Doyle emerged to plant the ball between the keeper’s legs to level the game up. It was his first goal for City since November 2010 in a 1-0 home win against Burnley. This was the veteran’s 23rd goal for the club. The game itself wasn’t bad spectacle as both sides in the Play-off Zone looked for a way forward. Burge was called into action with a save before Jones got into the area and went down but no penalty. The half ended all square with Radio Wiltshire impressed with Biambou, interesting enough the expert on that night was former City coach Dave Hockaday.

Second half saw City attack the end we were the nearest to, away fans are in the side at Swindon. City fans showed more anger to the bottling ref when Nazon went down in the area but again no penalty. Swindon now had gone totally “route one” and were looking a very poor side. Finally the ref booked a Swindon player as they had been fouling us from the start; nothing changes at The County Ground. City were still looking the better side but The Robbins were standing firm. The battle continues meanwhile in the stand City fans sung “we’re a City you’re a Town”, which couldn’t be faulted for factorial accuracy. Around the 70th minute a tussle saw Doyle on the ground and holding Swindon’s Dunne with feet wrapped around the player’s ankles and home player didn’t take too kindly to this and promptly pushed Doyle in the face. The City fans went mad, it was according to the rules a straight red card but again the ref seemed to be bottling it by pretending he never saw it but thankfully his linesman saw it and after a chat sent the Swindon player off and booked Doyle. Now Swindon were down to ten players and we had a chance to end the hoodoo. City went looking for the breakthrough as Swindon sat back thinking a draw would be a good result. Not long after Jones feed Nazon and from outside the area he beat the keeper with a great volley and City took a deserved lead, pandemonium in the away section. The Chino wearing fan got more stick “you never wear them again”, the City fans sang. Now Swindon had nothing to loose and went all out attack. MR made his first change taking off Jones who had just received some treatment and bringing on Shipley to help to toughen up the midfield. City almost wrapped the game up when Devon skipped past his player in the box but fired high. Seven minutes of injury time was announced as Swindon started to bombard the City defence. Stokes then had to go off with a shoulder injury and was replaced by Davies. The pressure mounted and from one corner they had a clear chance until a shove in the back of the player put him off, a clear penalty for Swindon but the referee continued to be consistent and bottled that decision as well. McNulty replaced Biambou late on. Deep injury time and in a counter attack Nazon nipped in front of a defender and lobbed the ball past the keeper but it also went past the post as well. One more Swindon attack was seen off before the ref blew his whistle and we could finally celebrate a league win over Swindon.


Man of the Match
1st Michael Doyle: A goal and got someone sent off.
2nd Jodi Jones Two assists
3rd Toni Kelly: Worked hard in midfield


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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 24, 2017 8:58 pm

Coventry City Vs Exeter City

So City faced the league leaders a team that had won seven and drew one of their league games this season, so a real test was on our hands. If having the two first choice forwards out injured was bad enough Beavon pulled up in the warm-up and had to be replaced. Exeter meanwhile kept more or less the same team they had all season but were facing a top seven side for the first time. The home line-up was in goal Burge, with Grimmer, Willis, McDonald and Stokes at the back, in midfield were Jones, Doyle, Kelly and Vincenti with Devon Kelly-Evans playing an attacking midfield role behind Nazon up front.

There was a good following from Exeter who for them a journey to Coventry isn’t that far. The leaders were playing in a bright yellow kit the type workmen might wear when working on the motorways. It was a particularly dull start as both defences were in charge and it took until the quarter of an hour mark for the first effort as Vincenti made room but blazed over. Not long after Vincenti crumbled in his own penalty area what was looking like a knee injury. He hobbled off after treatment and it was looking like a serious injury, a minute or so later he was back on the pitch. It wasn’t long however that he had to be replaced and on came Biambou to support Nazon and Devon (what a great name to play against Exeter!) played wide. The change in shape seemed to improve The Sky Blues immediately as Devon got into position and fired but an Exeter defender blocked the shot with his foot. City were edging the game whilst Exeter were looking very ordinary with McDonald and Willis keeping things tight and Doyle throwing himself about but not to the liking of a poor ref who gave the veteran a lecture for a high boot. Jones wasn’t getting to see much of the ball as in past games made the most of it when he did firing in on Pym in the Grecians’ goal. Very late into the half suddenly City came to life as Nazon fired wide, Jones got one on target, Devon had one blocked and Nazon fired wide again. Half time no goals not great entertainment but the leaders still hadn’t registered a single shot.

The sun came out for the second half was it was getting warm. City started on the front foot in the second half after realising the away side carried little threat. Jones had a shot blocked as City looked for a way through. Biambou meanwhile was looking a lot better than of late winning a number of headers. The referee, however wasn’t that good as he gave Exeter a disputed free kick ten minutes into the half and the leader had a shot but straight into the wall. Finally after a series of fouls an Exeter player went into the book and City had a free kick. Jones took it and smashed it into the wall but he pick up the rebound and raced out wide, he cut in and drove the ball across the six-yard-box for a team mate but the ball cannoned off Troy Brown and into the net as The Sky Blues took a totally deserved lead. The fans now could start to enjoy themselves as the team battled on. A great moment came when Devon challenged for a ball with a player twice his height, it looked a total mismatch and the little winger didn’t have a pray but Devon didn’t know that and after a tussle emerged with the ball to the delight of the home fans. Despite the fact Exeter never looked like scoring a one goal lead is always tenuous and City needed another goal. This goal should have came after 68 minutes when Devon scurried down the wing and found Nazon, the forward turned smartly but somehow fired wide when it looked easier to score. Exeter made changes to try to get back into the game but one of those subs was promptly booked for hacking down Kelly as he tried to escape down the wing. Another City attack saw Stokes in the area the left back blasted the ball goal wards only for the ball to cannoned back off the bar. Jones then had a chance but a square ball to Nazon would have been a tap-in. City were struggling to finish off the away side. Exeter’s Tilson then downed Devon who had got past him but some how escaped a booking before a minute later Doyle was booked. City kept up the pressure as Devon had another shot blocked as Exeter hung on. Then City should have wrapped up the game Nazon went forward played in Biambou who put it wide with the goal at his mercy. A one goal lead is always dangerous and finally Exeter had a chance as the ball was played forward Ruben Reid had a shot but Burge, who had nothing to do all game was quick and blocked the shot the ball went to McDonald who was hacked down by Reid, again no booking, the crowd went mad, OK it was mainly me. Into nervy injury time as Jones got the ball out wide he drove in and passed the ball on the ground and it was Devon Kelly-Evans that steamed it to drive the ball past Pym to wrap up the points. We could relax for the remaining five minutes taunting Exeter that they were a laugh if they though they were good enough for leaders.

A great, or outstanding performance, according to MR and I couldn’t argue we outclassed Exeter in very department despite the missing forwards.

Man of the Match
1st Michael Doyle: Ran midfield
2nd Devon Kelly-Evans: Have we found the perfect balance to Jones?
3rd Rod McDonald: Concrete by nickname, concrete by nature.



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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:14 pm

Cambridge United Vs Coventry City

Travis’ most famous hit was “Why must it always rain on me” and I we were thinking that as we made our way from the car and had to shelter at a bus stop as yet another downpour hit and it happened again at half time and full time. Meanwhile we were back at the scene of one of the low points of the previous season which is against some pretty stiff competition. We were hammered 4-0 in cup to a lower division team now we are equals. A good following came down the A14 for the game. The line up was in goal Burge, with Grimmer, McDonald, Willis and Stokes at the back, in midfield we had Kelly and Doyle with Vinceti and Jones out wide with “The Duck” appropriately for the weather supporting Beavon, pronounced Bea-von by the P.A.

It was a game of the two meanest defences in League Two and City on the verge of a new club record for the fewest goals conceded in the first eight league game but only if they could keep a clean sheet. The game got underway with noisy backing for the Sky Blue fans. Nazon had the first chance in the first minute firing wide as City started well pushing the home side back. Nazon was proving to be a handful early on and Jones his normal dangerous self on the wing as he whipped in a good cross. Nazon planted a header wide. Cambridge then launched a rare attack as Stokes and Vinceti gave too much room for Mingoia and he swung in a cross for Ibehre to be the league player to score past Burge this season, his first league goal past him for 181 minutes. City now had to beat Forde in goal the Cambridge fans were saying was their player of the season so far. Vincenti got one on target before Nazon stung his hands. City were still on top but most attacks seem to go down the left and Stokes is not an attacking fullback. Vincenti gave the keeper catching practice. It can be strange sometimes at away games as Cambridge’s sponsor’s mascot who looked like Bob the Builder came over and started abusing the away fans as we responded “you’re just a sh** Bob the Builder”, a laugh that a policeman didn’t see the funny side of as he took the mascot away with him. The referee booked Vincenti and Kelly as Cambridge grew in confidence. Half time came with United on top and the fans had to dodge the showers going to the loo and buying pies and pints.


City needed a good start to the second half attacking the away end and it came as Jones found Vincenti and he played in Nazon who was wide of goal and blasted the ball into at first looked like the side netting but it must have cannoned off the post and keeper because the ball went in and City were level. The game could go either way now but it looked like United were about to retake the lead as a mix up at the back saw a defender robbed and Burge was well off his line but from nowhere Jones charge in with a fair shoulder barge to rob the player of the ball. Jones then at the other end forced the keeper into a save. City won a series of corners and from one of them the ball fell to Beavon outside the area we urged him to shoot and he did only forcing the keeper to slap the pile driver away. Again Forde kept out City as Jones was denied again. City fans started to taunt the home fans by singing “you know what you are” normally when that is sung it is something of a serious nature so I listen on, you know what you are” you posh wan**rs, you know what you are”. Nazon then was booked for throwing the ball away from where a Cambridge free kick was to be taken but in fairness the referee did warn him about this, minutes earlier. Beavon had a shot blocked before the same player forced the keeper to not hold on to another attempt. At the other end Mingoia got in another cross and the player that gave us massive problems in the Cup, Ikpeazu gave the home side an undeserved lead. MR made the changes as off went Beavon to applause for the away fans and Vincenti from cheers as he is this season’s boo-boy and on came Biambou and a player Paul describes as an eight-year-old Devon Kelly-Evans. Biambou had a chance to be the hero but couldn’t direct his diving header on target. Ikpeazu was named man of the match by the P.A, no surprise there but then tiny Kelly-Evans tackled the giant and won the ball. City kept up the pressure as a chip from Jones beat the keeper but hit the crossbar, Doyle had a shot pushed away before a Nazon shot was tipped over by the keeper. The final whistle went and on the whole City fans applauded the team for the effort before we made our way back to the car just as it started to rain again, “why must it always rain on me?”

Man of the Match
1st Duckens Nazon: Feed the Duck
2nd Jodi Jones: Yet again a menace.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:50 pm

Coventry City VS Carlisle United

Set of early to avoid the predicted rain which turned out to be a good plan, I was in time to hear the team news. With the club not appealing over McDonald’s red card just in case The League extended it to two games and with both main forwards out and the terrible news we learnt later that Andreu is out of the season MR made the changes that seemed the most logical ones with Davies coming at the back and Beavon partnering Nazon up front. The rest of the side were Burge in goal, with Grimmer, Willis and Stokes making up the rest of the defence, in midfield we had Doyle and Kelly, sounds like an Irish double act but the opposition are never left laughing, out wide are Vincenti and Jones making up the team.

It was already raining heavily when the game was underway as a 6,000+ crowd turned up for the game. A handful from Cumbria were in attendance and normally it would be “come in a taxi” song aimed at them but most City fans admired the dedication of Carlisle fans on midweek who must have to clock up some miles on the motorway. The game itself wasn’t great to start of with as United had six changes for the last game where they lost at Accrington 3-0 and included Shaun Miller up front who managed two goals for us in thirteen games a few years ago. The away side were edging the game and had the first chance in the 11th minute when Devitt got the ball in the box and fired on goal but Burge pulled off a good save and the ball was cleared, no doubt his coach appreciated the save as Oggy celebrated his 60th birthday on that day. City started to get into the game and a good raid down the right saw Grimmer make progress and he picked out Beavon whose shot was straight at the United keeper. A counter-attack saw Nicky Adams drive wide of the post but this makes the game far more interesting than it was. Main entertainment in out area came form our own character (nutter) Dave who was going through his “my donkey can do better that that and he’s been dead 10 years”, I assured Paul that his meds would kick in soon, but he did have a great chant of “why do we always get fat refs?” At the back for City, Willis was winning everything in the air aided and abetted by Davies proving we have real strength in depth. With 20 minutes gone a possible chance as Nazon played in Kelly but the midfielder had to run onto it stretch resulting him shooting high. Kennedy then brought down Doyle for a free kick but by the look on Doyle face made us all worried for Kennedy. City did start to improve as the half went on as a Jones overhead kick set Grimmer away down the wing the fullback picked out Beavon in the box whose shot was saved but Vincenti was unmarked and a pass would have let to a tap in. The half ended with no goals.

It is not easy being an away fan on the dreadful M6 in midweek just ask two coach loads of Carlisle fans that arrived at half time!

Second half had to be better and it was just three minutes into the game people around stopped talking about the new I-phone X as Kelly played in Nazon and the big forward powered his way into the box and coolly beat the keeper to register his first league goal for the club. “Feed the Duck and he will score”. The next action saw the vastly experienced ref Mr Kettle (no puns in this article), produce two deserved yellow cards first for Vincenti and then for Carlisle’s Grainger, then Mr Kettle blew his whistle (dam, didn’t mean that to be a pun) as Duckens Nazon went down, fearing another hamstring it turned out only to be cramp as the scorer went off to be replaced by Biambou. City were now flowing just like the rain as Jones was running them ragged on the right and had a great chance as Beavon raced down field and picked out the winger, he chipped the keeper but the defenders go back to clear. Another foul on Doyle saw him spring to his feet and almost go head-to-head with an United player, Stokes made sure nothing happen and the ref had a word with the captain. Another chance for City when Grimmer went forward and played in Jones, the winger then crossed and the fullback had raced into the area to score but an United defender threw himself in and got to the ball first to keep his side in it. City had now broken a record for the season after recording more than four shots on target in a game. City didn’t look like they would concede but needed another goal just to settle it and it nearly came with 11 to go as Vincenti headed wide. A minute later there was no mistake as a deep Jones cross found Vincenti and the player some nickname (Paul mainly) Rodney from Fools and Horses, volleyed in to make it two and to wrap the game up. Carlisle managed to hit the woodwork minutes later as the game entered its last five minutes. Devon Kelly-Evans then replaced Beavon for the little guy’s league debut. Minutes later a City player couldn’t get enough on a header and it fell to a Carlisle defender who cleared it over Burge’s bar. Jones had a chance to make it three but the keeper save before Mr Kettle signalled the end of the game in the way referee do by applying air to his signalling device.

Another win City upto 4th and yet again I had a wet bike journey home in strong winds and driving rain, thank flip for water proofs.

Man of the match
Pick any 3 from the team (just happens all their first names start with a “J”)
1st Jordan Willis: Won everything at the back
2nd Jodi Jones: The class difference with many sides
3rd Jack Grimmer: Looking like a real good signing.

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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 10, 2017 8:29 pm

Coventry City Vs Port Vale

The lowest Saturday attendance for a league game for a home match in Coventry since 1958 turned up to see a local derby against Port Vale. 1958 City ended runners up to Port Vale in the very first Division Four season but a repeat of that looks unlikely as relegated Vale have had a terrible start to the season starting the day in 23rd place and no goals for three games just like City. As we failed to beat two other strugglers recently in Yeovil and Chesterfield we hope for a change in fortune. It was a very showery day as I made my way to The Ricoh hearing the team news and Andreu would start partnering McNulty up front which looks a lot better than Beavon and McNulty. The rest of the team was in goal Burge, with Grimmer, McDonald, Willis and Stokes at the back, Doyle and Kelly in midfield with Vincenti and Jones out wide.

It wasn’t the best of games early on as both defences looked well on top. City were finding it hard to find their way through and this season they have averaged just fewer than four shots on target per game. Around the 24th minutes of tedium City started a move with some good passing up the field with the ball into Doyle the old guy picked out Jones who ran in on goal the Vale players seem to give him room and the winger got the ball onto his favoured foot and buried the ball from outside the area with a shot it was a really good goal and it woke everyone up. Not long after the goal McNulty went down with an injury and the player we are relaying on to score the goals for promotion had to go off, on came Beavon. Vale had their first shot on target on the half hour mark as City were looking comfortable at the back. At the other end Grimmer drove the ball across the face of the goal as City launched a counter attack. One player that has come in for some justified criticism this season is Vincenti but today he was having a far better game with some good tackles and winning headers. Jones look the big threat again as Vale couldn’t get close to him. City were looking as comfortable as a team could with only a goal lead when in injury time Vale won a corner and when it came in the ball was headed on Willis got a flick on it and the ball hit the crossbar.

The second half started with Doyle blasting one well over the bar that in his youth might have scored from. Not long after Beavon headed down for Kelly but the midfielder drove the ball wide of the post. Kelly then headed wide after a good run and cross by Jones. City nearly wrapped the game up in the 52nd minute when Andreu found Beavon and the forward turned smartly but the keeper read it and made the save. A great attack saw Vinceti dive in and win the ball as City were looking the better side. We had a delay in play then as Vale’s keeper Lainton went down and needed treatment on his foot. Not long after the keeper’s foot was tested as Andreu sent Beavon clear and the keeper raced out the sub slipped the ball past but it rolled inches wide of the far post. Now the keeper went down again and had to be subbed. If having one main forward injured was bad enough it got worse as Andreu went down and had to be replaced by Nazon. The sub then could have had a great chance as he was onside in the clear and Beavon was about to play him in until he was taken down and Vale’s Middleton was booked. Nazon got a shot on target as the score still remained 1-0 to City giving Vale very hope of rescuing a point. With ten to go Vale’s Worrall was about to enter the area when he went down, there was a delay, was it a foul, yes, said the referee, but looking back the player was heading away from goal but after consulting his linesman the ref sent off McDonald. MR made a quick switch as Beavon was sacrificed to make way for Davies to plug the hole at the back. The crowd had now totally woken up and were backing City and abusing the portly referee. The free kick came in and was cleared; Nazon got the ball and ran in on goal but could find the finish. It was now nervy stuff as Vinceti flew in on a tackle; to me looking like he won the ball but the referee booked him. It was back-to-the-walls stuff as City were pegged back but were keeping good shape as a poor Vale side tried to find a way through. City did break with a great run the length of the pitch by Grimmer until he was nudged over a foul missed by the officials. It was mostly Vale now as a ball was played in Davies got a head to it but it went backwards beating Burge and we watched in horror until it hit the post and went out for a corner. Eight minutes of injury time was announced when it should have been nearer ten and in the dieing seconds Pope made good contact form a corner but Burge got down to pull off a good save and there wasn’t enough time for a corner as City record a vital win.

A trip home in the sun and the pouring rain seemed a lot better on my bike when we win.

Man of the Match
1st Jodie Jones: A match winner
2nd Peter Vincenti: Best game so far
3rd Jack Grimmer: Solid and looked good going forward.


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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:32 pm

Chesterfield Vs Coventry City


If City fans think they have had a bad start after relegation the team that finished below us, Chesterfield are fairing even worse sitting bottom of the league. So it was “3 points needed” as we made the short journey to the extreme north Midlands. MR threw his latest Portsmouth signing in whilst had everyone scratching their heads by pairing McNulty and Beavon up front again whilst excluding Andreu. The team was and a welcomed league return for Burge, with Grimmer, Willis, Stokes and new boy Tom Davies at the back, Kelly and Doyle in midfield, Vincenti and Jones wide.

Chesterfield didn’t start like a team on the bottom as City didn’t get first touch of the ball for over a minute. So City were getting on the ball and the game was more even. Thirteen minutes of non-action was ended at the far end as McNulty swivelled from just inside the box and fired an on target shot that Chesterfield’s keeper, Lee was happy to push behind for a corner. City were gaining the upper hand as McNulty got another shot on target that the keeper tipped away. Now I am McNulty’s biggest critic but so far he was having his best game since joining. It wasn’t all City as Chesterfield were matching the Sky Blues and it took Burge to come out of his box to head a ball away to break up one attack. Jones as normal was a handful out wide and got a great cross in that Vinceti headed wide. In midfield Kelly was busy winning the ball and keeping City moving whilst Doyle was just Doyle. The ref Mr Drysdale was running the game well and had little choice but to book Grimmer when a player went by him and he tripped him from behind. This gave the home side a free kick in sight of goal and Flores took it and placed it Burge’s top right hand corner but somehow the keeper sprang to his right to punch the ball out for a corner a great save. This gave The Spireites a boost and they spent the rest of the half on top and Burge pulled off another save to keep City level as we wanted the half time whistle.

Second half City attack the end we were in. The first action saw Jones brought down and Weir booked for it. City were looking for a way in and McNulty again came close forcing the keeper into a good save to keep his shot out. Jones went on another run and went down a little too easily from a challenge by Weir but it was a tackle from behind and the ref showed him his second yellow and he was off. McNulty fired the resulting free kick over the bar. City were looking solid at the back with Davies being in the “no nonsense” school of defending. MR then made his first chance off went Beavon, who contributed nothing and on came Andreu, who should have started. Chesterfield were sitting back hoping for a draw at the least as Doyle and Kelly were ruling midfield then suddenly a chance McNulty raced clear of the defence and in on goal he was wide but drew the keeper out and fired past him and the post, another bad miss for our “20 goal-a-season” forward. Minutes later a good cross saw Vincenti head the ball into the back of the net but the linesman had his flag up for a while. Vincenti then went off after another poor performance and Nazon came on to play out of position on the wing. City were looking better with Andreu on and with nine minutes to go the forward got into the box and squared a perfect ball to McNulty, with on defenders around and the keeper beaten somehow he failed to head in a simple chance from some eight yards out. There was quite a lot of angry reactions from the away fans while I was screaming “OPEN GOAL McNULTY, OPEN GOAL”. The home side didn’t have anymore scares as City failed to win and were booed off with an away draw something I haven’t heard too often.

Man of the Match
1st Lee Burge: Clean sheet, great saves
2nd Michael Doyle: Ran midfield
3rd Liam Kelly Just slightly edged out by Doyle
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:31 pm

Coventry City Vs Shrewsbury Town


So we set off on our defence of the Football League Trophy with a home tie against Shrewsbury, could we cause a giant-killing? MR made the maximum number of changes of five as the line up was in goal Burge, with Grimmer, Hyam, and Dion Kelly-Evans in defence and James Pearson making his debut. The holding midfielders were Doyle and Stevenson, with Jones and Vinceti out wide and Andreu supporting McNulty up front.

The same highly unsuccessful format was retained for this season after Premier League club together and paid an insulting low one million pound between them to give some of their players who will never play for the first team a chance. Still we were playing a League One side third in the table as a mere 1, 968 fans bothered to turn up for the first game in the group stage. The crowd turned out to break the record for the smallest ever home crowd for a competitive game even lower than last season’s group games. City attacked the away end in the first half and messed up an early free kick. The main danger from Shrewsbury was their loan player Stefan Payne! (No relation). The higher division side were looking the better side as they wasted a chance at the other end. I thought League Two teams were physical but the City trainer had to come on twice to treat Stevenson and then Kelly-Evans. The breakthrough came near the thirty minute mark when the ball was played to Stefan Payne (no relation) who beat Burge with a slight deflection. City’s defence was all over the place and minutes later their winger cut in and fired, Burge saved well with his legs but Gnahoua scored from the rebound. It looked like The Shrews could win this by a good few goals. City couldn’t get anything moving and long balls for McNulty to win were just wasted as he had no chance of winning headers against players a lot taller than him. Suddenly out of nothing City had a chance, Andreu stole the ball on the edge of the area and raced in for a one-on-one for the keeper “he must score”, I said but the defender got back to tackle before the forward could shoot. MR was then forced into a change as Stevenson had to go off with an injury and was replaced by Shipley. Ben Stevenson the brightest prospect from early last season is in real danger of becoming the next Connor Thomas, great promise as a youngster then nothing. Burge again was called into action before Payne (no relation) fired wide. Kelly-Evans threw himself into a tackle and only just avoided giving away a penalty Then a great chance for City from a corner Vinceti found room but somehow planted his header wide from close in. The half time whistle went and the home crowd booed the team off.

Second half saw Callum Maycock come on for Kelly-Evans. This was Maycock’s first game for the first team since December 10th last season. City needed a positive start and they got this when Burge caught a corner and bowled it out to Jones on the edge of his own penalty area, the winger took off on a speedy run down the flank and reached the edge of their area, he then lost the ball but got the rebound back and found Andreu, the forward twisted a sent a delightful shot past their keeper to give the home crowd hope. Another sub came on as Beavon replaced Doyle who looked like he may have picked up a knock. Andreu dropped into a deeper position. Suddenly the confidence was back as City started to get at Shrewsbury. Another attack saw a City player go down, with screams for a free kick the ball was played to McNulty in the area who was brought down and finally City were rewarded a penalty. McNulty took it coolly rolling the ball into the opposite corner of were the keeper dived. 2-2 now game on. City kept up the pressure as City won a corner and again the delivery was encouraging as Pearson got to the ball and his header struck the crossbar. City kept up the pressure with Jones a handful, young Shipley looking good at left back and Andreu pulling the strings in midfield. Then Shrewsbury’s Bolton aimed a two-footed tackle at Jones and the referee only had one option but to send the player off. The wide player was picked out for another foul before he forced a good save from the keeper. Shrewsbury rode out the storm and started to go forward to avoid penalties. Deep in injury time Burge saved well, then the away side won a free kick near the box and Riley took the kick which was placed in the top corner and Burge had no chance. It was a defeat but a vast improvement on the last two games.

Man of the Match
1st Jodi Jones: Kicked all over the place but was dangerous
2nd Tony Andreu: Scored a great goal and looked better in midfield
3rd Jordan Shipley : Looked good as a full back.
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Aug 27, 2017 7:39 pm

Yeovil Town Vs Coventry City


It was on the coach for the journey down to the extreme south of Somerset for the game against Yeovil. After hold ups around Bristol and then the holiday traffic heading towards Weymouth we reached Yeovil in just over four hours of travelling but leaving at 8 we had plenty of time for a drink in Yeovil fan’s marquee. City had drawn all three previous games here and Yeovil had conceded 14 goals in the three league games so far so confidence was high we could bounce back from the Newport defeat. Three changes were made two predictable and one enforced as one of the best players so far this season, McDonald was out injured. The line up was O’Brian in goal, with Grimmer, Willis, Hyam and Stokes at the back, Kelly and Doyle in midfield, Nazon and Jones wide with Andreu and McNulty up front. Yeovil had former City loan player James Bailey playing for them which was a surprise he looked a far better player to be playing in League Two when he played for us. We were on the open terracing in the blazing sun be thankfully it wasn’t mid-winter.

City attacked the far end in the first half and right from the off had a chance as Jones skinned his fullback and raced in on goal only the keeper to turn his shot around the post. City had started off well and were putting pressure on the home defence who were keeping the Sky Blues out. Doyle was then hacked down as the City fans screamed for action the referee played advantage before booking his assailant. McNulty had a chance when he raced onto the ball but blasted it high. City had a penalty appeal but it was hard to see from the other end of the pitch. Not long after a good move saw Stokes play a good ball to McNulty in the box, the striker controlled the ball, turned, leaving his defender static and with the bottom right hand corner of the net exposed promptly put it wide. Now McNulty came here with a blaze of publicity as a 20-goal-a-season striker but up to now has missed a stack of chances and has only scored from three pre-season penalties and a gift at Grimsby. City were looking comfortable at the back but a long ball did give some problems as Stokes tracked back with their forward Browne to tussle for the ball on the edge of the area but then we couldn’t believe it as O’Brien raced out of his goal causing confusion he missed the ball and Browne race through to slot his team into a lead against the run of play. City fans were furious and so was Stokes who no doubt was blaming the keeper for another error and he was right. Suddenly the home side found confidence and City’s head dropped. The Sky Blues won a series of corners that came to nothing as we were finding it hard to break down a defence that conceded on average a goal every 19 minutes. The game got to half time without any another incidents.

Second half City attacked towards the thousand plus fans that had made the journey. Nazon had the first chance blazing wide. Doyle then got an effort on target before the ref awarded a free kick. Andreu took it and placed it to the keeper’s right it shaved the post but the ref awarded a corner. MR then made his first change but it wasn’t the awful McNulty that left but Andreu as “goal machine” (sarcastically) Beavon came on. The experienced forward didn’t do too badly for the rest of the game. McNulty wasted another chance as the porous Yeovil defence were looking solid. Jones then had a run but was stopped with a hand in the face by a defender as the City wide player seemed scared to go forward. City kept up the pressure and a cross was met by McNulty this time a well placed header on target in the bottom right hand corner but the keeper sprang across to tip it behind for a corner. “That is the difference” I said “other teams have good keepers”. Then after soaking up the pressure The Glovers went forward and Kelly allowed Olomola and his shot from a narrow angle beat O’Brien to make it two. MR then mad e another sub, far too late, as Biambou replaced Nazon and the tall forward did win every header. McNulty had another chance but couldn’t get to the ball claiming a shirt pull before the same forward jumped out of the way of a challenge in the box. The ref finally blew as City slipped to 10th and the side looked nothing like a team that could win automatic promotion.

It took us three and half hours to get back and I missed the bus home by about a minute, it is only a 25 minute walk home.

Man of the Match
1st City fans: 7 ½ on the coach, League Two, out in numbers but nothing changes
2nd Jordan Willis: Defended well
3rd Jack Grimmer: Also did well





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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Aug 20, 2017 8:20 pm

Coventry City Vs Newport County


“Where would Coventry City and Newport County play in the F.A Cup Final”, answer “Fantasy Island”. This was a joke my Aunt told me many years ago, my mum’s sister she still lives in Newport after marring someone from that town and I have two 1st cousins from there in place we used to spend every other summer in. So Newport have always been a type of second favourite team, never knowing we would one day play a league game against each other. City fans were very confident after two good wins but some thought going through the whole season without defeat was far too optimistic even for me so I was worried. County headed to the Ricoh unbeaten and played every game away as their ground is not ready yet. City were unchanged with O’Brian in goal, Grimmer, McDonald, Willis and Stokes at the back, Doyle and Kelly in the holding roles, Jones and Vinceti out wide with Beavon and McNulty up front. The Exiles had former City players Mark Nouble and David Pipe in the starting line up.

The game got under way in front of an 8,000+ crowd and O’Brien was the first to shot putting it well past O’Brien’s post. The game settled down into a not very entertaining spectacle with Newport just on top. City then had a chance as Jones was played into the area but the wide player fell over whilst trying to reach the ball. City were finding it hard to play the easy pass but did almost carve open a chance when Grimmer hit an excellent cross only for the County keeper Day to catch it cleanly. After 25 minutes County came close when they struck the foot of the post. Half an hour or so was gone before the first save from a keeper an easy catch for O’Brien. City finally started to make in-roads late in the first half as one of Robins’ signings who the verdict is still out on, Vinceti headed over the bar. Then in injury time City came very close as the ball came in Beavon was deigned by a save close in and City had two more attempts which were both blocked the last by Pipe. No goals at the break with Newport looking the better side but signs of improvement near the end.

Eight minutes into the half Newport’s Reece-Cole had a soft shot on target but somehow O’Brien lost the ball and it squirmed under him and into the net, a goalkeeper howler of the biggest kind. Not long after MR made the changes off went Beavon to be replaced by Andreu and Stevenson replaced Kelly. It was Andreu that started to show some class as Newport dropped deeper and tried hitting City on the counter-attack. Then another chance and a player that is worrying me McNulty broke through and blasted high. City were pushing them back and had a great chance as Andreu got a shot in and it took a deflection off a defender and looked goal bound until Day twisted back and tipped it over. City kept up the pressure when the ball fell to Jones who tried and first-time smash but totally missed the ball and fell flat on his face this even produced laughter in the home sections. MR made his last change switching to three at the back Biambou replaced Willis and the forward did win several headers. Then the away side should of wrapped it up when Reynolds fired into the side netting. At the other end Andreu again tested Newport’s good keeper Day. Biambou got one on target before the referee Mr Tierney booked a Newport player, the ref was the best we have seen this season. City applied the pressure but Newport saw the game out for a win I couldn’t say they didn’t deserve.

Man of the Match
1st Tony Andreu: Showed more coming off the bench than McNulty has in three games.
2nd Rod McDonald: Solid
3rd Jack Grimmer: Best of the rest



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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Aug 13, 2017 9:24 pm

Grimsby Town Vs Coventry City


We set off for North Lincolnshire to see if the opening game was a bit of a fluke or we really did have a team capable. A trouble free trip to Grimsby and beyond as you may know Blundell Park is in Cleethorpes. Now this town proclaims itself as a holiday resort but we were shocked by the number of boarded up shops and lack of shoppers on the high street. Found a parking space and after a good walk had a look at the Humber Estuary before making our way to the ground WHAT A DUMP. I never though there would be a culture shock dropping from League One but I was surprised that this old ground got it safety certificate, other grounds were closed for less, Nottingham Forest for instance but you can blame Paul for that because that is one of his jobs. The ground looked like it needed creosoting and painting but they do have a proposal for a brand new 14,000 capacity ground. We joined the rest of the 1,300 City fans in the ground they would have been more but the local police stopped ticket sales early Friday. The team new was no surprise with only one change, Willis recovering from his injury and was straight back in, with him in defence were Grimmer, McDonald and Stokes, in goal was O’Brien, midfield had Doyle and Kelly, with Jones and Vincenti, with Beavon and McNulty up front.


We got seats behind the goal in the ramshackle away end with a low roof making it hard to see if any player hoofed the ball and we were facing a Russell Slade side so plenty of that. The away fans were in fine voice as we tried to make it three wins in a row on this ground without conceding. The Mariners’ manager was the brunt of much stick early on before Beavon had the first chance but stuck his header wide at the other end. Thankfully it was a dry day as Town had their games abandoned against Derby in mid week when they were losing. The home side’s main danger came from their winger Dembele who proved a handful for Stokes and after seventeen minutes he found Cardwell whose shot tricked past O’Brien’s right hand post. The game settled down and it wasn’t great stuff as both teams struggled to pass the ball City’s best hope seemed to be Jones who was giving them problems so much so he was hacked down on the edge of the box but no free kicks seconds later he was brought down again and finally the ref gave it. Jones promptly drove the ball into the wall and it was cleared. City looked nothing like one of the top sides in the division for most of the first half but then started to make inroads as Jones was played in and he forced a good save from the home keeper McKeown. Half time no goals and not much entertainment either.

City attacked the away end in the second half and started as they ended the first looking the more dangerous as Grimmer played in Jones and he forced a save from the keeper. The corner came in and Vincenti headed wide. City increased the pressure and in a scramble in the box Vinceti went down after what looked like a clear trip. Grimmer then produced a save from the keeper as we were getting closer to a goal. Just after an hour Grimsby won a free kick and was about to happen was one of the more bizarre things, former City player Nathan Clarke decided to knock the ball back to his keeper to take the kick but the ref had already blew for the kick to be taken, the kick was badly under hit and McNulty was in like a flash, nipped the ball past the keeper and ran on towards goal easily rolling it into the back of the net for his first goal. The Grimsby players went mad, not surprisingly but they no complaints as when Clarke took the kick the ball was live. Grimsby went forward and won a corner but after Willis went down with an injury and had to go off he was replaced by Hyman. “We want Sisu out” sang the City fans. City were looking by far the better side now with Beavon nut megging and couple of players. With 15 to go City won a corner and Kelly delivered it and Grimmer got to it and headed it home to make it 2-0. MR made his first change giving a debut to Andreu replacing Beavon, later Nazon replaced Jones to give something else for the home side to think about and he had a couple of chances. In the last minute Grimsby’s Berret dived in over the top and deserved a straight red but the ref settled for a second yellow and he was off. City eased to victory without O’Brien having to face a shot on target.

A trouble free trip back for the fans of the only 100%

Man of the match
A real problem plenty of good performances.
1st Tony Kelly: Set up a goal excellent in midfield
2nd Michael Doyle: Master of the dark arts
3rd Jodi Jones: A handful again
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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:42 pm

Coventry City Vs Notts County


So here we go again the 29th season I started as a season ticket holder. I am normally the optimistic type but this season more so after the closed season when for once we seemed to get players in early and no panic buyings and only one loan playing arriving on Friday. The start of the season is all ways seem to be playing in the heat but not this season as three approached the skies darken and rain started to pour, then lightening followed by hailstones, the game was put back by ten minutes with cries of “call it off” and players are too soft and not as hard as the ones from the (50’s/60’s/70’s/80’s) delete were applicable. The players came out as we tried to learn the debutants they were in goal Liam O’Brien, right back Jack Grimmer, and the back, “Concrete” Ron McDonald, Dominic Hyam, in midfield we had Liam Kelly, Peter Vinceti, with Marc McNulty up front but the biggest cheer was reserved for Michael Doyle making his come back and three players from last season were Chris Stokes, Jodi Jones and Stuart Beavon. County ended 16th last season but were expected to do better this, they had two former City players the perennial loan player Richard Duffy and John Stead.

City in the new Sky Blue kit, a big improvement on last season’s white one, attacked early and won a corner that came to nothing. County had their first attack as a midfielder raced into the area and under no pressure fell over trying to control the ball causing laughter and “so League Two” comments from around the ground. Both sides were testing each other out when a Magpies raid and the ball fell to Hawkridge in the area his shot hit the foot of the post and City survived. City were treated to some rough treatment from County not helped by the referee how refused to book anyone but at least he didn’t impress the County fans either as one of their fans gave him two out of ten. City were looking solid at the back with McDonald keeping tabs on the big Ameobi. In midfield Kelly and Doyle were battling to win control. Another foul and Jones had to pick himself up again against a side that I would guess wouldn’t be the most physical in the league. City were keeping the ball well without threatening until the 28th minute when Jones was played in and his shot went through a sea of legs and into the net to give us the lead and the players first home goal. More fouls from County as they struggled to find any rhythm with Doyle now on top in the midfield. City won a corner that was cleared the ball fell to McDonald out wide and he showed neat skill to get a cross in proving he wasn’t just a “row z” defender. Just before half time City won another corner and Hyam just headed over.

The second half started as McNulty had a run on goal “if he is a 20-goal a season player he will score this”, I said but the Magpies’ keeper Collin pulled off a good save. Then a real chance to go two up as McNulty seemed to have a free swing at goal but somehow Duffy got a block and it went out for a corner. City players were playing well all over the park with Beavon working hard up front with McNulty. There were one or two half-hearted appeals for penalties by the visitors as the game wore on but City were looking comfortable at the back and O’Brien didn’t have a lot to do. County made their second sub as Stead went off to booing from the away fans. Mark Robbins made his first sub with 17 to go off went Beavon after a good game and on came Maxime Biamou. O’Brien caught a ball from a corner and started an attack, the ball went to Biamou who played a great ball into Jones, the winger raced into the area got the ball on his favoured foot before sliding the ball under the keeper for two, and it was a well taken goal and City were two up. McNulty then went down with a clash of heads but the forward was claiming an elbow not long after he was taken off and on came Duckens Nazon, the Haitian International, yes that one. City looked in total control as five minutes was posted for injury time and in the last minute of that City broke and Nazon got the ball a couple of flicks and swerves and it looked like he could break into the box until a well placed disguised pass put Jones in with a chance and the player hit the ball and completed his hat trick so becoming only the 6th player to score three on the opening day (the others George Lowrie, Ronnie Farmer, David Cross, Micky Quinn and Dion Dublin). The game ended the far bigger then expected home crowd could enjoy the opening day.

Man of the Match
1st Jodi Jones: Only two goals behind last season’s top scorer!
2nd Michael Doyle: Doyler is back controlled midfield moaned constantly to the ref
3rd Ron McDonald: Looks a bargain.



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PostSubject: Re: Choccy's match reports...2016/17   Mon May 01, 2017 7:38 pm

Scunthorpe United Vs Coventry City

So we finally reached the end of the worse league season in our history as we made a trouble free run to Scunthorpe who made already secured a play-off place. The final line-up for the season saw left back Chris Camwell making his debut the full line up was Burge in goal, Dion Kelly-Evans, Turnbull and Willis the other three at the back, in midfield we had Gadzhev and Bigirimana, with George and Jones wide, Lameiras just behind Tudgay up front. We wonder how many of these would play next season? In the packed out away stands some City fans came in fancy dress, we had amongst others Snow White, a pregnant nun and Donald Trump who had a plastic face, just like the real thing. Before the game a minutes applause was given for all the fans that died in the season with the P.A reading out a list of Scunthorpe fans no longer with us, a nice touch.

The first action saw Jones blast well wide at the other end “that’s why we’re going down” sang the City fans. At this end no long after there was panic in the area after a misses placed pass let in Scunthorpe’s Madden but Burge was quick off his line to block at his feet, the ball rebounded away to another United player and Burge was up again and just beat him to the ball to snuff out the chance. Burge had to be alert again pushing another shot around the post. Meanwhile the keeper’s kicking was as bad as ever the custodian took exception at the comments behind him in the away stand. City were not playing too badly against a team that would end up 3rd in the table as the teams matched each other but United had the cutting edge and it was down to Burge to keep them out. Plenty of League Two songs including “We’re coming for you, Accrington Stanley, we’re coming for you”, “where the f**k is Forest Green?” and “Carlisle on a Tuesday night”. Just after half an hour The Irons went forward again and a good cross fell to Madden who looked certain to score until Burge got something on the shot and kept it out. Camwell then picked up his very first yellow card for the first team but overall didn’t look out of place in the side. Minutes later City probed forward and Jones picked out Gadzhev, the former Levski player had a shot, it took a deflection and beat the keeper, this was the first away league goal scored under Mark Robins. City saw the half out well with Kelly-Evans getting a shot it but it did seem to drag as I thought my spot watch had stopped.

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City attacked the end with the away fans and some started a conger but it was at the other end the when Van Veen from outside the area curled in a brilliant shot past Burge and we were all level. Three plastic pigs were thrown on the pitch at our end. City fans meanwhile started to make there way to the front of the stand for a pitch invasion. City were still matching Untied and a good move almost gave us back the lead when Lameiras played George in with only the keeper to beat but the keeper was out and the only place to play the ball was back over his head and in the other corner, which the forward did but the keeper reacted well to prevent the ball going into the net. Then we had the first change of the game for City when the almost invisible Jones was replaced by Kwame. Into the last ten minutes of the season and Bishop was allowed to run in and from outside the area blasted a shot that swerved away from Burge and Scunthorpe lead. Mark Robins then made one of the most pointless subsitutuion in our history giving a debut to Fivoli who will return home with a Check-a-trade winner’s medal and about five minutes playing time. Meanwhile United’s sub Adelakun found space and blasted another long range goal past Burge.

The final whistle went and both sets of supporters spilled onto the pitch as yet again we had to witness another team celebrating, the stewards intercepted any fans intent on causing trouble and we were able to take a walk on the pitch before departing and at last ending this terrible season.

Man of the Match:
1st: Lee Burge: Some great saves
2nd: Jordan Willis: A good display at the back.
3rd Gael Bigirimana: In control in midfield


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