It took a month, but I got here in the end. After a couple of aborted efforts I arrived at Allard Way with Pasty Sam who had come up from Worcester for a trip to his old haunt of Coventry. Returning to this City brings back happy memories for him as his beloved Worcester City beat Coventry City at the Ricoh a while ago.
The Pavilion is a ground that is part of a complex a few football pitches, a Rugby pitch and a social club. It boasts a small seated stand and some basic covered standing behind the goal , but could do with a tidy up, broken seating behind the stand, repairs to the broken rail that runs down the one side for example. Also why charge people £5 to get in, then leave a gate open from parkland on the other side for people to get in . Also saw a old fellow brazenly cut across grass avoiding payment, just makes you feel like you feel a little aggrieved.
Eleventh placed Coventry welcomed one from bottom Stafford Town for this Midland League one clash. The first half was poor with Stafford in the red shading a tense midfield battle and broke the deadlock on the stroke of half time, a ball from the left was slotted home from 10 yards. In the words of Sam, a goal of such quality we will never see the likes again , I got the impression he was taking the mick.
At half time, we visited the clubhouse, very basic set up small tea bar, packet soups , chocolate bars . A small selection of beers and one tv showing the scores.
The second half was better, with Copsewood equalizing straight away , a cross from the left being met with a stooping header. Then a bizarre goal, Staffords keeper picking up a back pass, a free kick in the area was awarded but no time was halted, Copsewood grabbed the ball laid it off for a teammate to lash home with no Stafford player near.
Their fate was sealed as Copsewood rounded the keeper to slot home their third with Stafford lookin a beaten side. Stafford’s number 7 did score a decent goal at the end though lofting a shot over the out rushing keeper .
Admission -£5 Attendance – 22 h/c