Kenilworth Wardens put four past Folly Lane to bounce back to winning ways

By James Smith

28th Nov 2022 | Football

(Image by Adam Hnat)
(Image by Adam Hnat)

Kenilworth Wardens put four past bottom-placed Folly Lane to keep the pressure on at the top of the Coventry Alliance Division Three table.

Wardens, who were on the road for the third game in a row, were looking to bounce back from back-to-back defeats.

And it took them just 15 minutes to break the deadlock when Alex Waters won the ball and laid it off to Harrison Wright to hammer into the top corner from 25 yards.

While Folly began to keep good possession in the final third, they found themselves two behind on the half hour mark.

Wingers Charlie Waters and Wright - who swapped sides midway through the half - combined when Waters' cross to the back post alluded everyone else. Wright's effort from a tight angle hit the post, but the ball rebounded to 16-year-old Tom Hoey to tap in his first goal in senior football. 

And the visitors nearly put the game to bed before the break only for George Ferridge's chipped effort to clip the bar and go for a goal kick.

After the restart Lane got an unexpected route back into the game when a long punt bounced awkwardly deceiving keeper Tate who spilled to the home striker to tap in.

But the goal seemed to spur Wardens into a higher gear with half time substitute Adam Hnat driving down the left and into the box only to be brought down for a penalty.

Ferridge duly dispatched the spot kick to restore Kenilworth's two-goal lead.

From a corner on 70 minutes James Carro forced a good save from the keeper but the clearance fell to Hoey around 30 yards out whose controlled volley was spilled again by the keeper leaving Ferridge with a tap in for his second of the game. 

As Wardens went seeking a fifth Jack Thomas went close with a left footed drive which went wide from 25 yards, but with his side turning things around after the last two results, manager Adam Maltby said he was delighted.

"It was very pleasing to bounce back," he said. 

"I thought due to the weather, the pitch etc it could be a scrappy affair but we controlled it throughout and played some decent stuff. 

"Harrison has scored a belter and I'm delighted that Tom's got his first senior goal - he deserves that for being in the right place at the right time. 

"Also I was very impressed with Adam Hnat and Jack Thomas off the bench at half time both were excellent.

"Best of luck to Folly for the rest of the season."


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