Wardens extend unbeaten preseason run

By James Smith

9th Aug 2023 | Football

Kenilworth Wardens have gone three games unbeaten (image by James Smith)
Kenilworth Wardens have gone three games unbeaten (image by James Smith)

Kenilworth Wardens extended their unbeaten run in preseason to three games beating Coventry Polonia in a hard fought game 4-2.

Polonia were the much better side in the first half and could have been in the lead early if it was not for a good save from Andy Whitehouse.

Wardens lost Luca Valle to injury early on and their woes continued when a defensive error in the box fell to Radoslaw Kiper who expertly crossed to the free Andrei Graur to turn into the bottom corner.

Polonia continued to dominate with their pressing and exciting attacking play, keeping Wardens at arms length. Wardens best chance fell to Ben Edmunds however his effort was excellently pushed onto the post by Polonia's keeper.

With Polonia deservedly 1-0 at half time Kenilworth regrouped and immediately began to control the game with possession. Within five minutes Wardens equalized.

James Proctor received a pass inside his own box and turned and played in Charlie Waters down the right, Waters crossed too the free Edmunds who put the ball through the keepers legs.

On 55 minutes Wardens took the lead. After patient build up play Proctor received the ball and played an inch perfect pass to David Buckley, who turned a volleyed with power, finding its way through Polonia's keeper.

Ten minutes later Wardens extended their lead. Proctor played the ball out to Waters who crossed into the box and found Buckley, who controlled on his chest, rolled two players before striking into the bottom corner.

Proctor was again involved in the fourth goal, his perfectly weighted header was dummied by Stan Moss on the edge of the box and found Captain Andy Legg to pass into the bottom corner.

Polonia continued to work hard and had chances in the last 10 minutes. Scoring five minutes from time from an excellent dee ball by Reben Cruz to Graur who looped the ball over Whitehouse from 30 yards out for his second of the game.

'Thanks to Polonia for their hospitality - always a pleasure to play against them and they look really strong compared to previous years- sure they will do well," manager Eamonn Richards said after the game.

"First half was no where near the level but that's on me, expecting new players to understand how I wanted them to play without the correct instruction. Second half I got that message across and we were much better for it.

"Performance wise we're not where I'd want us to be but I'm sure well get there since we've got depth, talent and a good attitude from our lads.

"Last two games James Proctor has been superb and is a brilliant addition to the quality of the side."


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