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AFC’s final push for promotion

Posted on March 29 2018 at 11:00:04

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Alvechurch FC gathers support for its crucial home games this month.

Alvechurch FC is encouraging residents to get behind their local club as the team aims for back-to-back promotions.

Having been promoted last season to the EvoStik Northern Premier League South – the highest level of football seen at Lye Meadow since the early 1980s – ’Church are pushing for promotion to the new Step 3, Southern League Central Division.

As we went to press, Alvechurch were second in the league with games in hand. The top two teams will be promoted automatically.

April brings five crucial league home games, and the club hopes to attract plenty of supporters and their families for a great football experience.

As well as the action on the pitch, there is a safe space for kids to play football on the side – or fans can enjoy the friendly atmosphere in the clubhouse and watch the football on the TV over a pint and a burger.

Admission is £8 for adults (concessions £5), and £3 for juniors (age 12–17) or students (with ID card). Children under 12 go free.

The promotion race took another twist as fellow challengers Frickley Athletic were deducted three points by the FA for failing to get approval to play a loan player.

Following Cleethorpes’ points deduction in February, this could be significant at the end of the season.

Should Alvechurch win promotion then they will play in the new Central League at step 3 level next season. This league will cover the central band from West Birmingham through to East Anglia.

Overall there will be less travelling, and potential local derbies with the likes of Stourbridge, Halesowen, Redditch and Stratford. Longer journeys could include Lowestoft, Royston and Kettering.

Meanwhile, Alvechurch are still in with a chance of silverware in the Birmingham Senior Cup, with their quarter-final match against West Bromwich Albion (postponed due to a frozen pitch) due to be played as we went to press.

The three-times postponed JW Hunt Cup game against Heath Hayes is also still to be played.

Apart from notching up points, ’Church enjoyed a different kind of victory as the players and management team won the FWP Group Fair Play Award for the EvoStik Northern Premier League South Division for February.

This is the first time the club has won this award, which reflects well on the style and manner of the football being played this season.

* Forward Connor Deards has rejoined Alvechurch FC for his third stint at the club. Connor started his career at Walsall FC before a successful three-year stay at Lye Meadow, then moved to Redditch United, Rushall Olympic and Bromsgrove Sporting.

With such a busy schedule until the end of the season, Connor is a welcome addition to the squad.

Winger Omar Haughton has signed from Irish Airtricity League Premier Division side Sligo Rovers. Omar started his career at Port Vale from where he was loaned to fellow Evo-Stik Northern Premier League South sides Newcastle Town and Leek.

EFL Division 2 side Forest Green Rovers have run their eye over Alvechurch captain and centre back Ashley Carter. Ashley has been looked at by several higher-ranked clubs including Chester City.

* For more info or sponsorship enquiries, please contact Trevor Ball at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/alvechurch

Follow the club on Twitter @Alvechurch1st

HOME FIXTURES
League games unless stated

Mon April 2 3pm Bedworth United
Tues April 10 7.45pm Carlton Town
Sat April 14 3pm Stocksbridge Park Steels
Tues April 17 7.45pm Kidsgrove Athletic
Sat April 28 3pm Loughboro Dynamo

Pictured: Snowy scenes as AFC draw 1-1 at Newcastle Town (Photo/ Ian Macvie)


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