Kenilworth Wardens make it five in a row against RS Sports
By James Smith
12th Mar 2023 | Football
Kenilworth Wardens beat RS Sports for the fifth time in a row to solidify their second place spot in the Coventry Alliance premier division.
Hosts RS started the better of the two sides, with Cryus Small rattling the crossbar in the opening five minutes.
RS had another three chances in the opening 15 minutes, with the league's top scorer Dave Buckley, Jack Wilkins and captain Sean Wilson all denied by Andy Whitehouse in the Wardens goal.
But it was against the run of play that Kenilworth took the lead.
A long ball forward was brought down and played out wide by captain Andy Legg to Guy Pearson who twisted and turned Salim Osman before putting in a sublime cross, committing RS's keeper and both defenders, and leaving Dan Twigger with a tap in at the far post.
RS continued to threaten with only a combination of last ditch defending from James Butler, James Brewitt, Alex Waters and George Shelton and brilliant goalkeeping by Whitehouse keeping RS out.
Despite pressure from their hosts, Kenilworth continued to create chance to double their advantage.
Pearson twice put in another two excellent crosses to Twigger, but the striker's first header narrowly missed the target and his second - at full stretch - saw the ball go over the bar from five yards out.
George Ferridge also had four good crossing opportunities, with his fourth leading to a great chance for Andy Legg, but his free header missed the target.
And on 55 minutes Wardens finally doubled their lead.
Good play between Eamonn Richards, Ferridge and Alex Waters released Waters down the right. He drove to the byline and played back to Ferridge whose overhit cross from 30 yards sailed directly into the top corner.
Their lead would be cut back to one on 65 minutes as RS scored the goal their good play deserved.
A long ball was controlled by captain Sean Wilson, whose shot was expertly saved by Whitehouse. But the rebound fell to Buckley who hammered in from close range for his 18th goal of the season and 11th in eight games against Kenilworth.
With 10 minutes remaining Buckley was brought down in the box by a last ditch Waters tackle but the referee waved away protests for a penalty.
Wardens threatened on the counter with Andy Legg rounding the keeper but his shot was blocked off the line from a tight angle.
But the visitors held on to claim a vital three points.
"RS have some really good footballers and will feel really hard done by to lose again to us. They created so many opportunities and only due to brilliant last ditch defending and a masterclass of goalkeeping by Andy Whitehouse game us the win," player-manager Richards said after the game.
"We really weren't at our best today, but results are all that matter at this stage of the season.
"Guy's assist and general crossing in the first half was Beckham-esk.
"It's looking likely we'll finish second in the league and we're in a great position to get to the Stan Oulds Cup final.
"Overall our first season in the premier has been better than our expectations- despite difficult moments. If we finish second it'll be the highest a Wardens side has finished in 30 plus years, which is some achievement."