Back-to-back defeats for Kenilworth Wardens who ship four at Coventry Copsewood

By James Smith

8th Nov 2022 | Football


Coventry Copsewood 4-2 Kenilworth Wardens
Coventry Copsewood 4-2 Kenilworth Wardens

Kenilworth Wardens slipped to back-to-back defeats for the first time in five seasons as they shipped four on the road at Coventry Copsewood.

Player-manager Eamonn Richards said "it's the most frustrated I've been in years" after the game as his side's performance deteriorated after the break.

"For 30 minutes we played some of the best football a Wardens team has produced, one and two touch total football," he said.

"Then after half time we just stopped playing, took too many touches, weren't brave on the ball- it was truly inexplicable. We lost today and we deserved it." 

A strong start for the hosts saw them take the lead from the spot on five minutes through Mohammed Hamed after Copsewood's impressive number nine was brought down in the box by Matt Legg.

Copsewood continued to dominate and Wardens were grateful for a brilliant one on one save by Andy Whitehouse to keep them in the game.

But as Kenilworth grew into the game they pulled level on 20 minutes when Luca Valle hammered home from 25 yards for his first goal of the season.

Guy Pearson was then unlucky to put them ahead with two left-footed volleys in quick succession falling agonisingly wide of the post.

At half time Wardens would have been disappointed to still be drawing, having been the much better side for the previous 30 minutes. 

However, a tough start to the second half saw them fall behind once again on 70 minutes when they failed to clear a corner and a wild shot was deflected in off Ben Adkins from eight yards to restore the Copsewood lead.

Copsewood continued to be the better side and on 83 minutes scored a third. A long range shot was saved by Whitehouse but this left a tap in for James Dunn. 

Wardens immediately pulled a goal back when Eammonn Richards passed to Valle, his long effort was excellently saved but Joe Farez followed up and scored from a tight angle with his first touch of the game. 

But any chance of a comeback was quickly halted when Copsewood's number 9 beat Ryan Oldham, Valle and Legg before entering the box and being brought down by Richards for another penalty.

Hamed again dispatched the spot kick to seal the points for Copsewood.

Speaking after the game Richards added: "This is the first time in five years and 82 games we've lost games back to back. There's a solution to this problem and I'm sure we'll get back on track soon. 

"But at present we're too easy and nice to play against and reactive to every first and second ball. 

"Obviously I have to take responsibility and admit I've set up the team incorrectly."

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