Unfortunately, Coventry City Supporters FC went down to a 5 : 0 defeat in the IFA Midlands Cup. But Mark Franklin tells us, "That doesn't really tell the story against one of the top teams in the league. The match was played in the right spirit but no quarter given on either side. Both teams created some fine football."
In the first half CCSFC matched WBA every step of the way, defending resolutely and breaking well to create chances of our own. Probably the best display we've seen from our lads this season. At half time it was nil : nil. WBA were rattled.
Second half WBA pressed higher up and put us under increasing pressure. There were still chances for CCSFC but 15 minutes in and a couple of injuries to our midfield plus two individual errors let WBA in, and they didn't look back. In truth you could see it coming but not the 5 : 0 scoreline. CCSFC kept going until the end creating chances but were never quite sharp enough to convert.
The better team won in the end. They were stronger, more organised, sharper in front of goal and more experienced. A very good team. Our lads have come a long way and six of the squad are 18 or under. All of our lads can be very proud of themselves - they all gave everything they could, competed all over the pitch and showed flashes of very good football
We can be proud of every single one of them - great bunch of lads.
This is what WBA said about us:
"Well done, you gave us a tough game. Your boys have come on so much and made it tough for us to play much football"
"In the end it was the right result but the wrong scoreline. On the night, it was closer than that - but we go again next year, hopefully one place better, "said Mark.
"Thanks to the guys at IFA for organising it all, to Eccleshall FC for the use of their ground, the Sky Blue Trust for organising the team coach, to James for the hard work he puts in running CCSFC and last but not least our supporters who turned up to cheer the lads on."
(Mark himself should be congratulated. He's coached the team all season, and should be proud of their achievements. We're just happy to have provided what support we could.)