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New Sphinx boss continues to make positive impact

By Steve Carpenter Thursday 01 November 2012 Updated: 01/11 10:58

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A THIRD consecutive victory for Sphinx moved them away from the relegation zone and up to 15th in the Midland Alliance League.

Luke Hopkins' side were behind for 75 minutes of the match at home to Ellesmere.

But they showed their character, pulling two goals back through Rickie Cutting and a penalty by Kiam Galdins in the final 15 minutes to maintain the manager's impressive run since taking over as manager last month.

“We're heading in the right direction," said Hopkins, who has won six of his opening eight games since taking over from Carl Nolan.

“I can't fault the player's work rate and determination on Saturday. We were behind for so long but then towards the end we just had to go for it.

“Winning is the only option as far as I'm concerned. I know how to take to this league and because of my age I know how to speak and approach the players too.

“We'll just keep plodding along doing what we have to do to win games and we want to get people back through the gate at Sphinx Drive."

Sphinx will be looking to secure their fourth consecutive win when they travel to Causeway United on Saturday.

Hopkins added: "It will be another really tough game for us. They are a physical and a well drilled Midland Alliance side.

"But we'll set up they way we want to play and hopefully we can keep this run going."

Elsewhere, Coventry Copsewood progressed through to the third round of the Coventry Telegraph Cup thanks to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Witnash Town.

Three goals in the second period, one from Steve Mcginty and a brace from Michael Bawden, was enough to earn them a home tie against Southam in the next round on November 24.

Alvis also tasted cup success, beating Feckenham 3-0 to storm into the quarter-final of the Presidents Cup.

Christian Jordan broke the deadlock shortly after half time and a brace from substitute Tommy Maguire was enough to give Alvis the win and they face Archdale in the last eight.

This weekend Copsewood host Bloxwich United in the Midland Combination Premier Division while Alvis, second in Division One, are at home to table toppers Cadbury Athletic.

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