WE MEET AGAIN – Quorn
Coleshill and Quorn had never played each other until this season and so it is Quorn’s first ever visit to Pack Meadow.
Quorn where transferred to the Midland Alliance this season from the United Counties League after a reshuffle by the FA to even out the numbers in the regions Level 5 leagues. Formed in 1924, Quorn have been in the Alliance previously, 2001 to 2007 but, after finishing third, they were promoted to the Northern Premier League Division One South in another FA reorganisation. After four seasons at that level they were relegated back to Level 5 in 2011. They list Luke Varney (Crewe, Charlton Athletic) and Dion Dublin (Norwich, Man United, Coventry) among their ex-players.
The only meeting between the two teams was back in December when Quorn won 2-1.
Saturday 28th December 2013
Quorn 2 v 1 Coleshill Town
Town: Dean Rathbone.
Quorn: Alex Honour 2.
Town: Paul Hathaway, Leon Weller, Danny Douglas, Luke Edwards, Jack Hillin, Danny Tymon, Barry Fitzharris, Nick Ellis (Ryan Nash), Matt Brown, Dean Rathbone, Oliver Casey (Chris Lloyd). Subs not used Chris Gumery, Dan Holgate, Declan Kirby.
Quorn: Laurie Pearson, Jordan Wakeling, Sam Young, Tom Cooper, Carl Sibson, Niall Prenderville, Jim Dodd, Dan Henton, Dominic Brennan, Liam Read, Oliver Brown-Hill. Subs Liam Turner, Blaize Kerr, Karl Whymark, Joseph French, Alex Honour.
SUNDAY MERCURY WROTE
Quorn came from behind to beat Coleshill Town 2-1, an Alex Honour brace cancelling out Dean Rathbone's opener.
This game was a mirror image of the game against Sphinx on Boxing day! For the first 20 minutes Coleshill couldn't get near Quorn and should have been at least a couple of goals down but slowly Town worked their way into the match. Three points over the two games probably would have been a decent reward for all the hard work put in, but the single point gained is a little disappointing. But that's football!
Danny Douglas came in at left full back for his first game since returning from injury. The mid-field three of Danny Tymon, Nick Ellis and Barry Fitzharris, on paper, looks solid but in reality they looked lost and this permutation needs some work. Matt Brown ploughed a lone furrow up front and what a magnificent job he did!
Quorn should have taken the lead with less than two minutes on the clock when Liam Read got to the bye line and crossed for Dominic Brennan but the striker hit his shot over the bar from the centre of the goal. Coleshill gave away endless free kicks on the edge of the box and Quorn's delivery was excellent but their finishing was woeful, Jordan Wakeling the worst offender when clearing the bar from a yard out! Coleshill had some relief when a Paul Hathaway goal kick found Oliver Casey and a clever through ball released the ever keen runner Matt Brown but his powerful shot was well saved by the home keeper Laurie Pearson. Oliver Brown-Hill went down in the box under a challenge from Luke Edwards, it looked a pen but nothing was given and seconds later Brennan went down but this looked much less a pen and again nothing was given. Casey tried to feed Brown again but Pearson was well out of his box quickly only just getting there before Brown. Barry Fitzharris had a left foot shot deflected out for a corner as Town started to make a game of it! Read shot over when well placed and Brown shot well wide after a good run but a bad bounce. A thunderous tackle by Douglas burst the match ball, an indication of Coleshill's determined defending! Brennan and Read played tippy tappy stuff inside the box failing to shoot from great positions and the half was at an end, how on earth was it still 0-0.
The second half started in the same manner, Brennan hitting a shot wide of the post when in a great position. Brown-Hill sent a terrific cross along the six yard line but their was no-one there to convert the chance and then Coleshill showed the home team how it should be done. Leon Weller sent Brown away down the right, his cross to the far post picked out Dean Rathbone who had to stretch but managed to direct the ball into the net 1-0. Rathbone fed substitute Ryan Nash but he dragged his shot from a great position as Coleshill had their best spell. Rathbone got took out in the box, another shout for a penalty that wasn't given! A second goal at this stage could have ensued three points but two substitutions by the home team changed all that. Liam Turner got to the bye line and crossed for Alex Honour to side foot home from the centre of the goal. Easy as that! Jack Hullin headed a Chris Lloyd corner only just the wrong side of the post, Hathaway made a double save from Read then Brennan and Danny Tymon chipped an effort just wide in what had finally become an entertaining game. It was the home substitutes again who combined for the winner as Turner fed Honour and although Hathaway got a hand to his shot he couldn't keep the ball out, 2-1 to Quorn! Brown tried to chip Pearson and the stopper was out quickly to deny Lloyd and Brown as Coleshill tried in vain to get an equaliser.
Coleshill have played much better than this in the last few games and can easily get back to winning ways but the next game is another tough one against Boldmere and another defeat could dent their confidence with the FA Vase game looming! Keep the Faith Boys!
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