Coventry Sphinx won 3-1 at Tividale in a Midland Football League Premier Division fixture tonight.
Stuart Dutton’s side travelled to The Beeches where they had never lost and had the home side awarded a 22nd minute penalty.
That was well saved by Scott Dutton and Sphinx went up the other end. Ryan Harkin had a shot parried away by the keeper and then was first to the loose ball to bang high in to the net.
In the 57th minute, Sphinx had Reece Blackmore sent off for protecting his crown jewels after being stamped on, a decision by referee Charles Dickens which bewildered the crowd and those in the dug-outs.
Five minutes later, Harkin took a free kick and sent it into the net for the second goal.
Mr Dickens’ decisions continued to rile a good turnout of Sphinx supporters and the home fans and he probably should have taken stronger action which left Scott Lower who had a fine game, with blood hashing out of his head.
Ten minutes from time, Sphinx were awarded a free kick and this time, Jamie Towers Rose to head powerfully into the net for the third.
Tividale pulled a goal back in the closing stages though Nathan Jones in the 83rd minute but Sphinx had done the job and left with a very deserved three points which put them ninth in the table, four points ahead of Long Eaton in tenth.