With 2 home wins and 2 consecutive away 0-0 draws, City extended their unbeaten run to 4 in a game of two halves at Coles Lane. We went into the match with Joe Hood and Jake Battersby both still injured alongside longer term absentee Tommy Rigby. Ben Bradley and Ed Tassel have both gone out on loan to get some much needed game time.
The Sutton Coldfield Town came into the game with 3 new signings having turned around their fortunes from the early part of the season.
The Royals had most of the possession in a first half with few real chances. The best opportunity of the half fell to Mikey Davies who's long-range effort whistled past the far post.
The Royals tried to liven things up in the second half by bringing on a local band in the terrace behind Joe Welch's goal. And it seemed to work. City certainly upped their game and started to dominate possession although The Royals still had chances of their own.
Davies found Broccoli with a diagonal pass from just inside the City half, Brocclis first touch was sublime, bringing the ball down as it dropped over his shoulder but his shot was well saved by the keeper Jonathan Brown.
2 chances fell to the home side, the first a surging run from number 10 Rhys Hilton who put in Alex McSkeans, but Joe Welch was quickly off his line to smother the attack, Hilton then had a pop from range that shaved the City post.
Welch Denied McSkeane again from a close-range header before it was City's turn to attack, Pat Staszewski with some good work down the left, outmuscled the fullback andhis cross found Broccoli whose shot was blocked before Mikey Davies fired the rebound over the bar.
The Royals should have killed the game with 2 gilt-edged chances, both from balls across the goal with the attackers unable to get a foot on either of them in front of open goals.
There were a couple more long range efforts for City before Sutton did get the ball in the net but the goal was ruled out for a foul on Joe Welch. The City stopper took a good catch but spilled it after being hauled to the ground.
Another entertaining 0-0 that didn't really do anything for either side in terms of league position. We go into our next match at home to Walsall Wood hoping to make the run 5 unbeaten.