Kenilworth Wardens Reserves come from behind to beat Folly Lane
By Adam Maltby
4th Sep 2022 | Football
A much-changed Kenilworth Wardens Reserves came from behind to earn an opening day win against Folly Lane Thirds.
Wardens, who were without goalkeeper Joe Tate, handed debuts to several players including George Thomas and brothers Tom and Ryan Hoey in their opening Coventry Alliance Division Three game of the campaign.
And they made the worst possible start when a minute into the game a hopeful lofted pass put the Folly striker through, heading away from the goal he was able to clip the ball over the onrushing makeshift keeper James Butcher who caught the trailing leg leaving the referee no hesitation in pointing to the spot with the penalty converted.
If anything the early goal helped settle Wardens into a spell of possession, with the midfield five seeing plenty of the ball.
Their first real chance of the game came with right back Farquharson supplying a deep ball towards the lively Sean Povey whose knock down on the edge of the box was well struck on the half volley by Ryan Hoey just over the bar.
A few more half chances followed and on the half hour mark a Povey free kick worked the goalkeeper who did well to gather with two Wardens players awaiting any spills.
The equaliser came five minutes later. Following a nice move in midfield the ball found its way to Povey whose layoff to Adam Hnat left him with plenty to do, but a nice turn and some quick feet were followed by a great strike in to the top corner from the edge of the area.
On the stroke of halftime Povey again forced the keeper in to a decent save diving to his right to palm the ball away.
Maltby made one change at the interval with Holden making way for Kershaw, pushing T Hoey into a more advanced position, the goal of the game came on the hour mark where Butcher started with a pass to G Thomas.
Nineteen passes later the ball was at the feet of Hnat on the left who jinked past the full back and the lofted cross was met by the sub Kershaw arriving 12 yards out back post to head back across the keeper.
Two became three four minutes later when a long Butcher pass was ran on to by Povey who once wrong side of the centre back was able to loft over the keeper for a lovely chip finish.
The last 20 minutes saw little goal mouth action but with 10 minutes left a Folly centre back was fortunate to see only a yellow card when Alex Waters on the counter squared to Hnat only to be stamped on the back of the leg, then to further annoyance no free kick and offside given so a Folly kick.
Speaking after the game manager Adam Maltby said: "Firstly just delighted to win, I think it's important at any level of football to try and win that first game, certainly a home game and put a marker down. We played some good stuff and the debutants all did well.
"I was pleased the back four were solid, my thanks to Butch for stepping in goal we're both pleased he was untroubled for the most part.
"I thought Povey was a real handful for the centre backs who I'm sure will be pleased to see the back of him - his finish was composed and grabbed an assist and MoM Adam Hnat was absolutely superb, a brilliant goal, a great assist to finish off the second goal and a constant threat whenever on the ball.
"I wish Folly Lane well for the season."