Sunday, 19 August 2007

Game 509

TEVERSAL 2-2 COVENTRY SPHINX
Caernarvon Street, Teversal
F.A. Cup Extra Preliminary Round
Saturday 18th August 2007
One word that sums up the day - rain! I'm sure the seasons have got mixed up because this is definately not weather for August - more like November.
Teversal's ground is situated in the Teversal Grange site in the village west of Mansfield, and is a tidy compact affair. You enter the ground behind one of the goals with the majority of the cover to left hand side in the form of both a seated stand and standing area. There are also two small bus shelter type structures behind the far goal. The club house is small and contains a bar (which was showing Sky) and a kitchen area which served hot food and drinks which is on the right hand side. A portakabin houses the board room and is located next to the club house.
It cost £4 to get in with £1 for a programme (though they were sold out when I got there - a club official offered to get one re-printed for me and forward it in the post) and badges were on sale at the game for £2.50.
The game itself was an even match throughout with the visitors causing problems early on for the home side. Teversal gradually got more and more into the game and took the lead through an Andy Woodcock header on 32 minutes. Few clear cut chances were create by either side with defences dominating.
Half Time: 1-0
The second half started with Teversal having the better of the proceedings and increased their lead further on 57 minute when Dean Short scored - how I don't know as I was ordering a burger at the time. Coventry hit back inside two minutes when Craig Martin scored from a penalty kick - I missed the offence happening as I was waiting for the afore mentioned burger! This goal seemed to galvanise the visitors and they found another gear and equalised on 74 minutes through Wayne Pulford. A couple of good saves from the home keeper followed and the home woodwork was also struck but further goals never materialised.
Final Score: 2-2 (Attendance: 104 - from Midland Alliance website)
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