Coventry Sphinx 3 Town Youth 4

Bradley West’s hat trick was the highlight as Town Youth started their defence of the MFYL League Cup which they won last season by coming out on top in a seven goal thriller against Coventry Sphinx on Thursday evening.

The tie had been switched to Sphinx Drive after last week’s postponement when the Knights Lane pitch was waterlogged, but Darren Timms’ side went on the attack straight from the kick off with  West and Tommy Harrington both going close early on..

And it was West who gave Town the lead in only the fourth minute as he scored direct from a corner which totally deceived the Sphinx keeper who could only help it into the net.

Sphinx responded and equalised almost immediately with a stunning long range effort from Tahje Smith, but Town hit back to regain the lead through a smart Harrington strike on 17 minutes before Sphinx levelled it all up again with a towering header from Danny Bull on the half hour mark to make it 2-2 at half time.

But Town moved up a gear after the break and soon went ahead again when West finished off a slick six pass move, and with Town now bossing the possession both Jack Ballinger and Callum Gallagher had chances to extend the lead before West completed his treble in fine style with a clinical low drive into the bottom corner with twenty minutes to go to give Town a two goal cushion.

Sphinx kept trying and pulled one back though Dan Kelly deep into added time but it was too late to affect the result and Town deservedly went through to last sixteen.

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