Wardens make it two from two with impressive display against Coventry Colliery
By James Smith
25th Aug 2023 | Football
Four goals inside 50 minutes saw Kenilworth Wardens celebrate their 100th game since restarting in style was a 4-2 win against Coventry Colliery.
Wardens were three to the good before half time, adding another just after the break and holding on after Colliery pulled two back to claim their second win in as many games.
Colliery ruthlessly beat an understrength Wardens side in preseason and looked the better side in opening 15 minutes, moving the ball well in midfield and dominating possession.
However their only early effort on target was a long range strike hit with power which was expertly turned over by Andy Whitehouse in the Kenilworth goal.
Kenilworth made tactical changes in midfield and immediately looked better for it with their first chance falling to Dave Buckley who tackled the keeper with his high pressing, managed to get round him but his shot from a tight angle could only find the side netting.
On 20 minutes James Butler won the ball back on the halfway line and Eamonn Richards hit a first time pass to Buckley who rolled his man and dropped the ball to Andy Legg 25 yards out.
Legg pushed the ball to the right and powered a shot across the goal into the bottom corner before the Colliery keeper could move - his second goal in two days.
Five minutes later, Wardens made it two. A high press from Dan Twigger won the ball back, he passed to Legg on the right who beat his man inside before crossing to Ben Edmunds on the edge of the box.
Edmunds took one touch to take the ball out of the air before volleying from the edge of the box, the ball going in off the post to open his Wardens account for the year.
Wardens then had a spell of domination with Buckley twice getting around the side of the Colliery defence before his selfless crosses were cut out.
Kenilworth made their domination count when the excellent Alex Waters made a trademark tackle on the halfway line. He took the ball forward and played an inch perfect long ball to Edmunds on the edge of the box. The young forward crossed to the unmarked Buckley six yards out who controlled and volleyed in from close range.
Following the break they quickly made it four. Whitehouse played a long free kick forward to Buckley, who turned his man in the box and his shot was deflected in for his third goal in two games.
On 60 minutes Colliery pulled a goal back. An excellent long ball to Callum Ferguson on the right was pulled out of the air before he cut inside and struck across the goal with Whitehouse unable to keep the powerful shot out.
On 70 minutes Colliery brought the deficit to two, an error at the back led to Colliery substitute Owen Harban received the ball 25 yards out, before he hammered his effort into the top corner.
Despite Colliery providing pressure in the closing 20 minutes, Whitehouse was not forced into any further saves, with Wardens' defence, especially left back Butler, intercepting chances before shots could happen.
"Colliery are a good side and it's a really good result," player-manager Richards said after the game.
"They have a great set up and sure will have a successful year.
"Up until 60 it was a brilliant performance. Colliery caused us issues and were brilliant on the ball first 15 but once we made minor changes in the midfield we began to control the middle - albeit without the ball.
"After that we had tired tired legs and the effort and energy needed to play this style of football probably took its toll.
"Alex Waters was incredible again making more tackles in the last two games than most players make over a season and Butler showed real leadership to take the sting out of the Colliery comeback.
"But realistically, our attacking talent at the moment is incredible. I think any team would struggle to play against them.
"Goals win games and it makes me optimistic for the targets we have for this year."