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Posted on 25 April 2006  - 12:00

Our reserves completed their title-winning league campaign with a 3-1 victory against Coventry City at Rugby Town FC on Tuesday night.

Our reserves completed their title-winning league campaign with a 3-1 victory against Coventry City at Rugby Town FC on Tuesday night.

Jacques Maghoma had the final word with the match-clinching goal a minute from time after Johnnie Jackson and Dean Marney put us in the driving seat at 2-0 up.

Dale Jones gave the Sky Blues hope by making it 2-1 after 74 minutes but the outcome was rarely in doubt.

Clive Allen and his squad can now look forward to a play-off final against the Northern section winners - either Manchester United or Aston Villa, with United favourites.

There were welcome returns from injury for Kieran McKenna and Charlie Lee with McKenna starting centrally in midfield alongside Marney and Jackson wide left. They were joined by Academy trio Simon Dawkins, Stuart Lewis and Chris Riley, also back from injury.

The lads controlled the game on a dry, bumpy surface and that dominance was only really threatened in a lively spell from the home side following Jones' goal.

Jackson - familiar in these parts following a loan spell at the then Highfield Road a couple of seasons ago - was involved in the key action in the first half.

He was just underneath Stuart Lewis' cross as early as the second minute, drove in a cross that Simon Dawkins almost capitalised on and then following a routine save from Rob Burch, fired us into the lead after 34 minutes. This time he shook off the attentions of full-back Jones before shooting low across Jonathan Tuffey into the far corner from a tight angle.

Dawkins found himself in a similar position minutes later but Tuffey had his angles right this time and palmed the effort to safety.

Coventry finally broke through our defensive line after 38 minutes and claimed for a penalty as Burch met Stringfellow with his feet but the referee awarded a corner.

Jackson and Marney were influential all night and it came as no surprise that they combined in the move of match for the second goal after 57 minutes. After a spell of possession, Jackson picked out Marney's run through central midfield and Marney controlled, powered past Turner and finished in style.

Coventry's best spell followed midway through the half and they pulled a goal back with 16 minutes left when Jones drove low past Burch from 16 yards.

However, Maghoma's bursts from midfield had caught the eye in the final quarter and the substitute was rewarded with the final goal of the league campaign in the last minute. He controlled Alex Smith's throw on his chest, swept past Lynch, drove into the area and curled low into the far corner - a fitting end to a title-winning campaign.


2mins: Jackson just failed to reach Lewis cross from byline.

7mins: Barcham burst into box, through on Tuffey, Turner back to make goal-saving tackle.

9mins: Osbourne unleashed a 25-yarder just over.

14mins: Jackson fizzed in low cross, Dawkins got slightest of touches, deflected over for corner.

23mins: Lewis intercepted loose pass and found Marney, his long-range effort just failed to hit the target.

33mins: Burch dived low to his right to take Loroughnon's snapshot from 20 yards.

34mins: GOAL. Spurs - Jackson onto long ball over the top, got the better of Lynch and drove home low across Tuffey into far corner. 1-0.

36mins: SAVE. Dawkins this time outmuscled Lynch, very similar position to Jackson's goal, struck low but Tuffey up to it and turned away diving to his left.

38mins: PENALTY? Strong claims as Loroughnon played through Stringfellow, Burch out quickly but went with his feet, Stringfellow went down but referee waved away penalty claims and awarded corner.

Half-time: Coventry City 0, Spurs 1

49mins: Francis speculative dipping volley from 25 yards sailed just over.

57mins: GOAL. Spurs - Jackson picked out Marney's burst through the middle, held off Turner and finished with outside of right foot. 2-0.

68mins: Bains decent header from Hildreth's free-kick straight at Burch.

71mins: Kelly rose well at near post but failed to connect with Marney's corner.

74mins: GOAL. Coventry - Loroughnon picked out Jones at far post, he stepped inside challenge and hit low into corner. 2-1.

85mins: Jackson curled free-kick wide from 30 yards.

86mins: Bains got hold of volley on edge of the box but it struck Lee and went wide.

89mins: GOAL. Maghoma controlled Smith's throw, turned Lynch, cut into box and hit low curler with his left foot into the bottom corner. 3-1.

Added time: Maghoma good pace down the right to beat man again, Dawkins met cross with header that looped just over.

Full-time: Coventry City 1, Spurs 3

Line-ups: Coventry City: Tuffey, Jones (West, 82), Lynch, Obadeyi (Burgess, 82), Turner, Bains, Stringfellow, Osbourne (Robinson, 58), Francis, Loroughnon, Hildreth. Unused sub: Belford.

Spurs: Burch, Riley (Smith, 46), Bunjevcevic, Kelly, Lee, Marney, Lewis (Maghoma, 58), McKenna (Hughton, 74), Barcham, Dawkins, Jackson. Unused subs: Forecast, Wells.