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Trialist scores as Under-21s lose

23 August 2013

Coventry City lost 4-1 against Crewe Alexandra as the Under-21s await their first win of the season...

Coventry City Under-21's suffered defeat at the hands of an impressive Crewe Alexandra side, with experienced striker Nathan Ellington netting a brace.

The Alex went into a 3-0 lead before half-time thanks to Ellington's brace and a Jon Guthrie header.

They stretched their lead when Louis Johnson headed home but the moment of the night came when City's Brazilian trialist scored a superb 30-yard strike in the 73rd minute.

Crewe started the game at Nuneaton Town's Liberty Way strongly as Michael West burst down the left side but his low effort was well saved by City keeper Lee Burge. 

The Alex kept up the pressure and they were rewarded in the 10th minute as James Jones was fouled in the area, and Nathan Ellington dispatched the penalty to put the away side ahead.

The Sky Blues almost found themselves level when Lewis Rankin turned his defender to bend a long-range effort over the bar in the 16th minute.

Crewe continued to dominate and the experienced Ellington netted his second of the game when he found the top corner with a close range effort in the 22nd minute. 

City were restricted to long-range efforts as Leon Lobjoit hit the post with a 25-yard strike just before the half-hour.

Five minutes later, Crewe went 3-0 up thanks to a Jon Guthrie header at the far post from a Waters free-kick.

Despite a strong second-half from the Sky Blues, Crewe stretched their lead when the impressive Billy Waters crossed for Louis Johnson to head home in the 73rd minute.

The Sky Blues pulled one back just minutes later when the Brazilian trialist found the top corner with an incredible 30-yard strike.

Courtney Baker-Richardson's low effort was saved with two minutes to go as the Alex recorded a comfortable victory at Nuneaton Town's Liberty Way. 


Coventry City U21s: Burge (GK), Phillips, Bromley (Azille-Moore 60), Neilson (Bako 74), Haynes, Lobjoit, Lawton, Garner, Rankin, Trialist, Maund (Baker-Richardson 60).

Subs: Richards, Quinn. 

Crewe Alexandra: Garratt (GK), Ballie, Robertson, Nolan, Johnson, Guthrie, Jones, Giverin, Ellington, West, Waters

Subs: NG, Murdoch, Smith, Allcock.

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