Kenilworth Wardens put four past RS Sports
By James Smith
3rd Apr 2023 | Football
Adam Hnat's solo effort was the pick of the bunch as Kenilworth Wardens Reserves put four past struggling RS Sports to maintain pressure at the top of the Coventry Alliance division three table.
While both teams were able to call in first team players, the hosts dominated from the first whistle, netting three times in the first half.
The results leaves the Kenilworth outfit just a point behind leaders GNP but with two games in hand.
Wardens took the lead on 12 minutes through Sean Povey from the spot after an excellent cross field pass from Guy Pearson into the box had struck the arm of an RS defender.
Kenilworth nearly added to their lead minutes later when a through ball by Eamonn Richards released Charlie Waters, but his finish went narrowly wide of the post.
Five minutes later however, the hosts deservedly doubled their tally. From an RS attack Jack Skelcey made a vital clearance, Povey held the ball up and dropped it to Hnat, who played in Waters. Waters' inch perfect drilled cross was met by Pearson who excellently headed the ball into the bottom corner.
Despite some RS pressure, Wardens' defence was brilliant at holding off all attacks, with Waters standing out by keeping the usually lively Cryus Small quiet.
And on 37 minutes Wardens made it three through a truly spectacular individual effort from Hnat. The midfielder received the ball under pressure 40 yards out, faked a pass to Richards to beat the four men around him, managed to pass the ball around the last defender whilst running around the other way, before repeating the trick on RS goalkeeper Price and slotting in from a tight angle.
A goal worthy of goal of the year in any season or level.
Wardens began the second half with complete control, keeping patient possession for a full five minutes at the back between captain Ryan Oldham, club legend Tom Griffiths, Richards and goalkeeper Joe Tate.
The 40 plus passing move almost ended in a goal when Waters was played in behind, only for his cross to be cut out.
The game fell into a pattern of Wardens possession and the occasional long range effort from RS, but when the hosts brought on Mark Hickey, Toby Wells and Dan Twigger, the new forward line up instantly looked dangerous.
On 70 minutes Kenilworth scored the fourth goal their play deserved. A Richards corner was floated into the penalty spot, Hickey excellently held off the onrushing Price leaving Twigger to head home. Twigger scoring his 29th Wardens goal of the year, Richards with his 12th wardens assist of the year.
And the Kenilworth forward should have made it 30 for the campaign but was unable to convert from 12 yards, cannoning the ball off the bar after he himself had been brought down in the box by Ramaj.
Minutes later Wells beat three players down the left and crossed to the open Twigger, who managed to turn his shot onto the post.
In the final minutes Hnat again played Twigger in behind who put a perfect ball to Hickey who was free at the back post, however Hickey couldn't keep the ball down.
And with the game being Griffiths last game for the club, as undoubtedly the best player to put on a Wardens shirt in the last 20 years, manager Adam Maltby said it was a perfect send off.
"A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon's work, a very professional performance. Looking at the table, some would have possibly expected a fairly comfortable afternoon but with both sides able to call in first team players, it could have been a very different story," he said.
"We were excellent, we kept the ball well and kept their danger men very quiet.
"Charlie's ball for Guy's header was brilliant, exactly as I'd spoken to him about before the game. Adam's solo goal was worthy of winning any game.
"It puts us in a great position in the league with four games to go - let's see where it takes us!"