Harriers out of Cup as clinical Coventry punish first-half showing…
By Matty Paddock - 16/04/2018
Posted 3 months ago
Another brace from top scorer Alex Nicklin wasn’t enough to send Harriers into the final of the League Cup as they lost out to Coventry Sphinx on Sunday.
Nicklin netted twice after the break but, ultimately, the reds paid the price for a below-par first half performance and exited the competition despite a late rally.
The hosts were slow starters at COSE and Coventry stole ahead with a goal from a corner in the first half.
Harriers were vastly improved after the restart and were in charge for most of the second half, only to be hit twice by a clinical Sphinx side who scored twice from virtually as many attempts to seal the win.
Nicklin’s well-taken goal around the hour mark did level matters, but twice Harriers were caught out by long balls that were not dealt with, Coventry taking full advantage to get themselves 3-1 up going into the closing stages.
Harriers’ pressure told enough to get one goal back as Nicklin scored again with 88 on the clock with a finish inside the box, but the hosts weren’t able to find a third goal to send the tie into extra time.
The girls will have the chance to immediately make the amends for the defeat as they again welcome Coventry Sphinx to COSE this Sunday (22nd) in a league match, kick-off 2pm.
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