Wardens reserves impress at Whitnash to maintain pressure on league leaders

By Adam Maltby

6th Mar 2023 | Football

Kenilworth Wardens Reserves now sit third in the Coventry Alliance division three table, just a point of leaders Woodlands and with a game in hand
Kenilworth Wardens Reserves now sit third in the Coventry Alliance division three table, just a point of leaders Woodlands and with a game in hand

Wardens reserves boss Adam Maltby said his side produced one of the performances of the season as they put three past Whitnash to maintain pressure at the top of the Coventry Alliance division three table.

Goals from Jamie Campton, Sean Povey, and Charlie Waters sealed the points for the visitors, with a consolation goal from Joshua Fitzgerald the only negative for Wardens.

"It was a brilliant win today, I'm really really pleased," Maltby said.

"The first half was as good as I've ever seen us in my time, playing from the back, through the lines and running forward positively with the ball, more importantly the goals were great.

"Realistically we should score more from set pieces given the height we have, the second was a great finish following 15 passes and always pleasing to see a striker get a debut goal.

"But for a rather bizarre offside decision Povey would've had a second and Ross a fantastic assist - but not to be."

From the off Wardens stamped their authority on the game, pressing well, forcing mistakes and making Whitnash play long balls.

There were half chances for Campton and Adam Hnat before the deadlock was broken on 17 minutes. Following a string of corners, Hnat's delivery was perfect for Povey to guide a lovely header in to the top corner.

Wardens again ramped up the pressure playing from the back through the midfield three. The second goal was added on 27 when a short goal kick by Wardens taken to skipper Oldham was played around Whitnash and 15 passes later Hnat laid off to Waters on the right side of the box to rifle hard and low past the keeper to round of an excellent move.

Just before the break another Wardens move down the right found an advancing Tom Hoey whose excellent shot on the turn was expertly saved the keeper down to his left to keep Kenilworth's advantage at two.

After a quite 10 second half minutes, the visitors wasted a chance to kill the game when Campton was unable to stretch far enough to guide home a pinpoint Ross Farquharson cross.

But on 60 minutes the striker found his debut goal. A ball into Waters saw him beat his man and hang up a delightful floated ball to the back post for Campton to head home.

On 70 minutes Farquharson intercepted a ball intended for the winger, stepping inside and curling a lovely ball with the outside of his boot, splitting the defence. Povey finished smartly past the keeper but the linesman's flag was raised the referee ruled out the goal, much to the frustration of the visitors.

With just seconds to spare Fitzgerald burst into the box to fire smartly across goal and in off the post to pull one back, but the result was never in doubt.

Kenilworth now sit third in the table, just a point of leaders Woodlands and with a game in hand.

"If I'm being critical it's disappointing to concede two minutes from time, it was identical last week but again like last week a great strike and apart from that the guys were solid at the back," Maltby added.

"Overall it keeps us in the hunt pressure potentially on the other sides and it's an exciting time."


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