November 3, 2012
City side-step minnows
Coventry avoided a potential banana skin and progressed to the second round of the FA Cup with a 3-0 win over non-league Arlesey Town.
Arlesey, who play their football four leagues below the Sky Blues, twice went close to opening the scoring as Chris Marsh looped a shot onto the roof of the net before Ryan Frater headed wide.
However, Callum Ball settled the hosts' nerves when he scored after 28 minutes. Franck Moussa weaved his way through the defence before teeing up the on-loan striker who sent a shot into the top corner of the net from 15 yards out.
The visitors had the better of the early stages of the second half, Marsh going close again before Joe Murphy produced a good save to deny Ben Farrell after 63 minutes.
But Coventry doubled their lead moments later when Cyrus Christie cut in from the right and scored his first senior goal after a neat one-two with Carl Baker.
Jamie Reckord and Moussa both rattled the crossbar afterwards and the Sky Blues added a third late on through Steven Jennings' finish.
|Coventry City||Arlesey Town|
|1 Joe Murphy||1 Nathan Abbey|
|25 William Edjenguele||3 Sol Davis|
|2 Jordon Clarke||5 Ryan Frater|
|34 Jamie Reckford||4 Shane Blackett|
|21 Cyrus Christie||11 Chris Marsh|
|12 Steven Jennings||7 Aston Goss|
|8 Carl Baker||2 Luke Thurlbourne|
|32 Franck Moussa||6 Ben Farrell|
|10 John Fleck||9 Chris Dillon|
|11 Gary McSheffrey||8 James Hatch|
|17 Callum Ball||10 Drew Roberts|
|13 Chris Dunn||Nick Bussey 19|
|5 Nathan Cameron||Derek Brown 17|
|26 Jordan Willis||Jeanmal Prosper 12|
|16 Adam Barton||Josh Cook 15|
|19 Roy O'Donovan||Leon Hibbert 14|
|9 Cody McDonald||Zema Abbey 18|
|18 Sean Jeffers||Jordan Patrick 16|
|Cody McDonald for Gary McSheffrey (55)||Jeanmal Prosper for Chris Marsh (56)|
|Jordan Willis for Jamie Reckford (72)||Zema Abbey for Ben Farrell (79)|
|Roy O'Donovan for Callum Ball (79)||Jordan Patrick for Sol Davis (87)|
|Jordon Clarke (79)||Chris Dillon (49)|
|Luke Thurlbourne (79)|
|· Squads: Coventry City | Arlesey Town|