Legg brace sees Wardens cruise past Coventry Colliery

By James Smith

19th Feb 2024 | Football

Kenilworth Wardens Reserves sit second in the Coventry Alliance division three table (image supplied)
Kenilworth Wardens Reserves sit second in the Coventry Alliance division three table (image supplied)

An Andy Legg brace saw Kenilworth Wardens Reserves get revenge for their recent 5-2 drubbing to Coventry Colliery away from home. 

For the second week in a row Wardens' pitch was unplayable so the game was moved to Kenilworth School's pitch, where the hosts quickly began dominating without creating too many clear chances.

Kenilworth's first chance came on the half hour mark, when George Ferridge's cross-come-shot fell to Legg free six yards out, however the forward could not turn the ball into the net. 

On 40 minutes a free flowing Kenilworth move released Charlie Waters in for a one on one, but Colliery keeper Karl Roach pulled off a world class save to deny Waters a clear goal. 

Managers Kris Brandam and Sam McKinnon changed shape at half time to give more of an attacking outlet, but good Coventry defending kept Wardens from creating anything definitive.

Keeper Andy Whitehouse was then needed at the other end to produce two outstanding saves to keep things level.

But five second half substitutes for Wardens gave them more energy and attacking emphasis, with Dan Twigger looking especially busy, forcing Roach into two good saves following shots from distance. 

With the game looking like it was heading in a second successive draw for the hosts, Jono Robinson won the ball back high up and slipped Legg in behind the defence. Legg went around Roach and finished from a tight angle to make the game 1-0. 

With the game almost up, Twigger won the ball back with a high intensity press before passing to Legg who calmly turned and smashed the ball into the corner for his and Wardens' second goal of the game. 

Speaking after the game Brandam praised his side's performance.

"Great win for the team and nice to get another clean sheet," he said.

"We dominated the first half quite comfortably but struggled to create any clear cut chances.

"Me and Sam made a change to the formation in the second half which opened us up a bit defensively but ultimately gave us the chances to win the game and Andy Legg was clinical in both of his finishes.

"Saturday's win gives us lots of confidence going into next weeks game against an unbeaten St John's Fisher who we frustratingly drew against a couple of weeks ago."


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