Tuesday 7th July 2015 ko 19.00
COVENTRY SPHINX 3 (Thompson 51 Evangelinos 80 Jayes 90)
RACING CLUB WARWICK 0
Att 41 at Pitch 3, Sphinx Drive
I have to confess that I tend to read “Sphinx” and think of “Carry on Cleo” and the appalling joke, “Why the sphinx in Egypt? That’s because they have no drains.” The unusual suffix is due to the ground being the former Hawker-Siddley Motors works ground; the Sphinx was the firm’s badge.
Despite many improvements to the place in recent years, the ground still retains the feel of a works ground. With the club’s new sports therapist Christian Sharp alerting me to a game on the back pitch, I had the perfect excuse to pay the club another visit, and catch up with a friend.
The game pitched Sphinx in the Midland League Premier, against their near neighbours in the Midland League Division One, and if ever a club was well named its Racing Club – their Townsend Meadow ground is right next door to Warwick Racecourse!
On a surprisingly cool evening the difference in status was clear even if it did take the hosts time to force home their territorial advantage. In the end 3-0 was about fair, but then as the adage goes, you shouldn’t read too much into friendlies.