Lively Manoochehri makes the difference

Last Updated: Mar 16, 2014 06:18pm
Southam, Stratford-on-Avon
By David Hucker
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Man of the match Oli Manoochehri posed a constant threat as Southam United came from behind to win at Allard Way.

Southam United had to overcome a nightmare start, conceding a goal in just ten seconds, before running out comfortable 3-2 winners at Coventry Copsewood.

Despite kicking off, Saints soon found the ball back in the heart of their defence. An attempted clearance from Lee Thomas was charged down by Nathan McBean, who fired past Tom Cross to open the scoring.
It was all square in the eighth minute, when captain Martin Hutchcox lifted a free kick over the defensive wall and the ball went in off the post.
Ryan Caputo almost put Saints in front, but home keeper Dale O’Connell blocked the shot with his legs. He then denied Leigh Phillips, but was powerless to stop Oli Manoochehri’s cool finish in the 31st minute, the first of two fine individual goals for Saints on the afternoon.
Robbie Stephens increased the lead when going on a run through the Copsewood defence to score Saints’ third goal in the 52nd and match Manoochehri’s earlier effort.
The goal seemed to signal a drop in the tempo and the match entered a flat period with just a handful of chances created by either side. With four minutes of added time played, Martin Crawford headed home a free kick for Copsewood, but the visitors won more easily than the scoreline suggests.
The two sides meet again on Tuesday in the semi final of the Coventry Telegraph Challenge Cup (Kick off 7.30pm).


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