Coalvile 2s 4 - 0 Tamworth 2s
2s post another win to go top.
Coalville registered 4 goals and a clean sheet as they ran out worthy winners against Tamworth. Braces from Dumelow and Brotherhood helped to secure the three points to keep Coalville in the fight for top spot.
Coalville started brightly, with an early goal coming from Dumelow. Murby sent a cross-field ball that found Barnett on the right wing in acres of space and his accurate drive into the D was met by Dumelow who deflected the ball high into the goal. A number of shots continued in from Town, as Meadows and Barnett were able to regularly open up their defensive counterparts.
A second goal followed when Webster's tough tackling in the middle retrieved the ball high up the pitch. He shipped the ball off to Murby who to touched it into the D before hitting a reverse high towards the goal. It was heading wide, but Brotherhood was bravely positioned on the back post and performed somewhat of a cricket shot as he deflected it into the goal.
Coalville had a procession of short corners leading up to the third goal, with the goal itself coming from a well worked routine. Murby received the ball and shipped it to Meadows, who returned the ball to the top of the D where Dumelow was eagerly waiting. He picked the ball on his reverse and hit a shot low into the goal to make it 3.
Despite Coalville's lead, Tamworth continued to threaten via big hits through the centre of the pitch. Fortunately for Coalville, Hope and Dhamrait were on hand to sweep up and kept the ball flowing from left to right and back again as Town controlled the game. The addition of Kerry at left back was welcome, as his link up play with Symons and Brotherhood on the flank opened up the opposition.
The half was overwhelmingly positive for Town, who could and mayybe should have scored more. The second was more frustrating, as a goal for the cleverly positioned Dennett was ruled out as the whistle had already been blown for a short corner. Town continued to shut down Tamworth, as Dumelow sat in front of the man striking the 16 yard hits, with the midfield tightly packed behind him should it get through.
Tamworth began to threaten on the break, however, as good wing play resulted in a shot just wide of Tongue's goal. Tamworth sat in deep, as sustained pressure brought about a short corner for Coalville. The injection was misplaced, and Tamworth were able to counter from the half way line. A retreating Murby managed to intercept a pass and set Town on their way to their own counter, with Meadows released down the wing. Meadows steadied himself as he squared the ball to the front post for Brotherhood, who again managed to get a touch to the ball and direct it into the goal.
Town continued to battle for their clean sheet as sentinel Webster with the tigerish Dennett alongside him stifled the Tamworth attack, while Hope and Dhamrait continued to let no man trouble Tongue. The final stages of the game were a battle, as both sides put in tough tackles and suffered knocks and bruises as a result.
Despite the lack of goals in the second half, the performance was the big positive, with the big game against Mansfield to come in the following fixture - made even more important considering their draw with Coventry which puts Town back in pole position for the league.