After last weeks convincing win, SK went into this game full of confidence. However, more changes were required with the returning skipper Rob Leachman coming straight back in for the missing Luke Ellor and new signing Rich Leighton making his debut in goal. 2 more new signings started on the bench.
After a mere 30 seconds SK were reduced to 10 men when Marc Elliot was sent off after cursing out loud when his shot was off target! But almost immediately the dangerous Ralph Richardson latched on to skipper Rob Leachman’s through ball to finish with some expertise. 1-0 to SK, with probably 1 min on the clock! Understandably SK were then under pressure for most of the first half, as the man advantage that Renewal had told, but SK defended brilliantly with new keeper Rich Leighton and the consistent Mike Hale and Ben Watts outstanding in defence. Half time 1-0 to SK.
The gaffer then made a tactical change at half time, bringing on new signing Sean Dunne and dropping Chris Freeth into midfield. SK continued to defend well with the whole back 5 working well as a unit. However, SK were now starting to give Renewal a few more problems on the break with their pace. From a long ball forward on the hour mark, Dunne out jumped the Renewal centre back sending through the deadly Ralph Richardson to finish with aplomb…2-0. SK continued to look dangerous and missed some good opportunities to add to their tally. Renewal were always going to have more of the ball but never really threatened the composed SK back line. Late in the game, man of the match Ralph Richardson bagged SK’s and his 3rd of the game to put the game beyond doubt. That’s an incredible 9 goals in 3 games for the irrepressible Richardson. Renewal did get a consolation goal in the dying minutes and the game finished 3-1 to SK.
A big thank you to all the match officials who were very good today and well played and good luck to Renewal for the rest of the season
So Corinthians SK continue to climb the table. A great result with every SK player working tirelessly for each other. Maybe a bit of consistency is starting to finally happen? Long may it continue, starting again against Brierley Hill AOG next week. With some first choice players returning, the gaffer will have some tough decisions to make.
One point to note is that it was nice to help out Neil with his recent prediction ratio 😉