PREVIEW: First Line of Defence -Gresley vs Coventry United

Updated: Jan 19, 2020

High flyers Coventry United visit the Moat Ground as Gresley search for a first victory in five league games.

Last weekend the Moatmen were frustrated in a 1-1 draw with Racing Club Warwick - and Gresley will face the sternest tests of them all when they welcome promotion chasing Coventry United. The home side won’t be fazed by league standing however, as the last side that came to the Moat Ground boasting top spot found out - losing 3-0 to Gresley in that match.

Coventry United were top of the table up until last weekend when Newark Flowserve leapfrogged them due to winning their game in hand. United now sit 3rd in the division with 40 points from 21 games and are looking to reclaim their position at the summit of the table with a win. Gresley meanwhile, can take advantage of Lye Town’s postponement and move above them if they can pull off an unexpected victory.


A Look at the Opposition

Coventry come into the game in high spirits after their 1-0 victory over Heather St John’s in their last league match-up. An 18th minute strike from Jake Holt ultimately ensuring that the points stayed in Coventry.

Unbelievably for United their last five games have all come at Butts Arena, winning all five games. Starting out with a win in this reverse fixture Coventry then won their next four home fixtures including a 4-1 battering of present league-leaders, Newark Flowserve.

There are positives for Gresley though. Coventry United’s last away game resulted in a 2-1 defeat to Long Eaton United, and their away form has definitely not been as sparkling as their form at the Butts Arena on the 3G.

The two sides have already met this season, and the Moatmen gave as good as they got, falling to a slim 4-3 defeat at the Butts Arena. Gresley were bottom of the table at that point and were just the second side to score three past United at home all season.


One to Watch

The one to watch on Coventry’s team is Christopher Camwell. The former Coventry City winger has scored eight times in 14 matches in all competitions for his side and caused havoc for Gresley in the last game.

United’s star player scored one and set up two as he proved his quality in this league. The Moatmen, however, will be acutely aware of the threat he poses and may well pay more caution in keeping the wideman quiet.

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