Monday, 30 September 2013

CET Challenge Cup

COVENTRY COLLIERY 1-4 aet BRINKLOW
Saturday 28th September 2013
Coventry Evening Telegraph Challenge Cup 1st Round
Coventry Colliery and Keresley Sports & Social Club

Went along to this tie with my dad after our original choice of Dunlop v Coventry Copeswood in the same competition was called off. This was due to the home side being unable to raise a team. The attended tie was an all Coventry Alliance affair and pitted division 1 Colliery against premier division Brinklow. There was no admission charge but the club had drinks and food on sale in the clubhouse, with coffee, sausage rolls and mars bars costing 50p each. 

The game wasn't a classic but was not the worst I have seen. It was goalless at half time before the visitors took the lead mid-way through the second half. From then I expected Brinklow to take control and run out comfortable winners, but it didn't happen as the home side equalised on 72 minutes with a superb curling free kick. Brinklow should have re-take the lead almost immediately, but the ball was put wide with only the keeper to beat. The game went into extra time and the home sides resilience was finally broken as Brinklow added three goals to secure their place in round 2.    

The location of the ground can be seen on this link: map, and it is number 45.

50 match photos taken during the first half can be viewed in the slideshow below:
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