Coventry & NW 2s 0 - 4 Coalville 2s
Two goals in each half and another clean sheet seal convincing win for 2s.
The second team started their double-header of games on Saturday against third-placed Coventry & North Warwick, who provided stern competition the last time the two sides met. This game took a different turn, as Coalville were on fine form in front of goal to quickly get ahead by two in the first half, before doubling the tally in the second.
Another shuffle around at the back saw Barnett return and Webster slot back into the defence, whilst Tongue was kept a lot busier in goal. An early goal set the tone, as the goals from short corners continued. Meadows first squared to Dumelow for a shot, which hit a defender in the midriff, before Murby followed up and hit the 'keeper, whereas Symonds was finally able to capitalise and lift the ball into the roof of the net.
A second goal moments later came from a great route-one ball from Standring which found Dumelow on the by-line. His pass to the edge of the D found Murby, who was able to weave through a number of defenders before flicking past the goalkeeper. Tongue was then called into action as the Coventry & NW forwards were finding their feet - a smart save with his foot keeping them out for now.
The new addition of Parkes in the midfield offset the loss of Lloyd, as his ability to drop and pick up the ball from deep aided the attacking efforts. Dumelow again met a goalkeeper in form, as his shots continued to be batted away, before he was made a passenger in the game after pulling up with injury.
Coalville went into the second half as they did the first - making numerous chances to score. Webster was pivoting and ushering the ball out to the wings, finding plenty of space and time for Brotherhood who kept neatly deflecting the ball into the path of his teammates. Coalville added a third as quick forward play from Meadows found Symonds at the back post, whose shot was well saved by the keeper, only for Parkes to be on hand to tap in.
Dennett was again busy in the midfield, proving to be another worthy man of the match, as his tireless efforts going backwards as well as forwards helped to alleviate the pressure on his teammates. Tongue saw less action in the second half, but was still on hand to bat away a shot after a Coventry & NW striker had managed to wriggle through the defence following a long ball forward.
Town finished the scoring as Barnett took control down the right hand-side, hitting a strike into the D that became a pinball contest. First Parkes deflected it, then Brotherhood got a stick to the ball, before Meadows was able to take a touch and slot into the bottom corner. The final period of the game saw Hope again show his fearlessness at the back, as he rushed out to thwart a late short corner from Coventry & NW.
A terrific result for the 2s, who set themselves up well for promotion and the Sunday game against Mansfield.