Kenilworth Wardens Reserves hit Coventry Phoenix for six

By James Smith

23rd Oct 2022 | Football


Kenilworth Wardens Reserves 6-1 Coventry Phoenix Thirds
Kenilworth Wardens Reserves 6-1 Coventry Phoenix Thirds

Sean Povey and Guy Pearson each bagged braces as Kenilworth Wardens Reserves hit Coventry Phoenix for six.

The result leaves the Kenilworth side third in the Coventry Alliance Division Three, with Povey now the league's joint top scorer.

It took them just 20 minutes to break the deadlock at Kenilworth School when the fourth of a flurry of corners from Eamonn Richards was punched into the away net by the travelling keeper.

Wardens scored a second on 40 minutes with the best move of the game. 

A bobbling ball in the Wardens box was calmly passed to Captain Ross Farquharson, who played the ball to George Ferridge on the halfway line. 

He played to Povey, who played a quick one-two with Richards, before spraying to Pearson who beat his man several times before crossing back to Povey for an open goal. 

Injuries to the brilliant George Shelton and skipper Farquharson meant earlier changes in the second half but that did not halt the host's rhythm as they soon found a third.

Pressure from several Wardens players saw them win the ball back and quickly play in George Ferridge down the right. His cross was met by Pearson to score a bullet header into the bottom corner. 

A lapse in concentration at the back meant a sloppy pass whilst playing out ended in a Phoenix goal, cutting the home advantage back to two.

Phoenix were in the ascendancy before a counter attack saw Ferridge play in Povey, who bullied his defender before calmly passing in. 

Despite being three behind for the second time in the match, Phoenix looked the better of the two sides. 

With sustained pressure a cross was put into the box and was adjudged to have been handled by James Butler as he cleared with his head.

But the resulting spot kick was fired onto the bar, preserving Wardens' three goal advantage.

Moments later, a clearance from the Phoenix keeper was under hit to Pearson - who volleyed back from 30 yards over the shotstopper into the back of the net. 

In the last 15 minutes Povey spurned three chances to complete his hat trick with the visiting keeper was equal to his efforts. 

Wardens continued attacking and on the 85th minute a pinpoint Richards cross was met by substitute Jack Thomas' glancing header to make it six.

Speaking after the game Richards, who stood in as manager for Adam Maltby, said he was impressed with the display.

"As I knew, there is some real quality in these lads," he said.

"The only difference in the first team lads and reserves are in the head - decision making and positioning. Technically and physically there's no real difference. 

"A decent performance and a deserved win. 

"But these lads are so talented they definitely can and will improve - and I'm excited to see how much they do so. 

"Sean Povey scored his sixth goal of the season to put him top scorer in the league but knowing him, he'll be disappointed he didn't score more which is a sign of a good goal scorer."

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