Coalville 2s 2 - 0 Market Harborough 2s
Two goals from short corners win the game for 2s.
A completely dominant but frustrating afternoon for the second team ended with them needing two goals from short corners to take the win. Town came up against a sturdy Harborough defence, as well as a resolute goalkeeper, who kept out chance after chance whilst Coalville's own goalkeeper, Tongue, was made a passenger in a game where his only touch came from a pass back.
A hardy Coalville team, including the returning Kerry and Standring - with Webster still holding in the middle - made for a solid defensive unit that gave no inch to the Harborough attackers. A host of early chances presented themselves to Coalville, as Meadows and Lloyd fired narrowly wide, before Dumelow brought out a low save from the man between the posts.
Hope and Dhamrait were taking it in turns at the back to step up into the midfield and pile on the pressure, with Kerry bombing forward into space down the right-hand side. Town's repeated effort were continually denied, however, as possession wasn't converted into goals. Further attempts from Murby and Dumelow were again batted away by the 'keeper, before the first half ended.
Town needed to be more ruthless in the second half, but were still unable to find the net. Dumelow was having one of those games up front, as balls up to him from Standring kept rebounding off his stick, with him unable to get enough time in the D to unleash a shot. Dennett then won a short corner after some skillful dribbling into the D found a foot, which became the breakthrough for Town.
A simple short corner routine was switched out to Meadows, who squared it back to Murby on the penalty spot for an easy finish past the goalkeeper. Coalville looked much more relaxed after the goal, and afforded themselves some more adventure going forward. Lloyd was again thwarted as Harborough defenders and goalkeepers alike scrambled the ball clear. A further short corner, this time won by Meadows, doubled the lead. Dumelow took strike at the top of the D this time, as his shot headed for the back post, where Symonds was on hand to deflect the ball in.
Standring was on hand to cut out any remaining counters from Harborough, before the game ended 2-0 - a sterling display from the defenders putting the team on its way to another victory.