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’Church cup runs end

Posted on October 30 2018 at 1:00:54


AFC out of three cups but on course for top-six league finish.

Alvechurch FC are aiming to concentrate on league success after recent home defeats in three cup competitions.

’Church missed out on a glamour tie away at former Football League side Stockport County in the next round of the FA Cup, losing 4–1 to a clinical Corby Town, who have had a successful start to the season one league below AFC.

Despite coming into the match on a seven-game unbeaten run, defensive errors cost the team dearly.

A goal just before half time and two early on in the second half sealed Alvechurch’s fate and dashed any hopes of a successful and lucrative FA Cup run for another season.

A youthful Alvechurch team were then knocked out in the first round of the Birmingham Senior Cup by local rivals Highgate United. The scores were level at half time but two second half goals secured a 2–0 win for the visitors.

History was made in the second half when 16-year-old Ben Cassidy came on to make his first team debut for AFC.

Ben became the youngest ever player to play for the firsts and was unlucky not to score, hitting the post with the keeper well beaten.

Finally, ’Church met Stratford Town in the League Cup, having dispatched them in the FA Cup.

Stratford took revenge with a 2–4 victory, although hope for the future was represented by Cassidy, who found the net this time, thus becoming the youngest player to start a first team match and score for Alvechurch.

AFC will be hoping for better luck when they meet Stratford yet again in the league on November 13. And they are still in the JW Hunt Cup, due to play Bilston Town as we go to press.

’Church were sixth in the league at the time of writing, having recently bagged a valuable point against title favourites Stourbridge but lost to current pole-sitters Kettering Town. The match against fourth-placed Leiston on November 24 could prove important.

* Alvechurch have signed experienced forward Andre Landell from Rushall Olympic. Andre started his career at Wolverhampton Wanderers and has played for Hednesford Town, Bath City and in America for Michigan Bucks.

He made his AFC debut against Highgate United and is a vital addition to the squad.

However, fans’ favourite Andy Parsons has decided to leave the club. “Parso” has been a mainstay in defence for the past three seasons having followed manager Ian Long from Tividale FC, but has decided to move on to pastures new.

His personality and great sense of humour will be missed by players and fans alike.

Also saying farewell are midfielder Babacar Suane, who joins Halesowen Town, and central defender Jordan Piggott, who moves to Welsh League side Bangor City. All at the club wish both players well.

Congratulations to captain and centre back Jamie Willetts on being voted player of the month for September. Jamie’s efforts have contributed to the club having the meanest defence in the league.

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Above: Action from the draw at Hitchin Town (Photo/ Ian Macvie)

All league fixtures unless stated

Sat Nov 3  3pm  Kings Lynn Town (H)

Sat Nov 10  3pm  Halesowen Town (A)

Tues Nov 13  7.45pm  Stratford Town (H)

Sat Nov 17  3pm  St Neots Town (H)

Mon Nov 19  7.45pm  Rushall Olympic (A)

Sat Nov 24  3pm  Leiston (H)

Sat Dec 1  3pm  Biggleswade Town (A)

Sat Dec 8  3pm  Rushden & Diamonds (H)

Sat Dec 15  3pm  Lowestoft Town (A)

Sat Dec 22  3pm  Royston Town (A) 

Wed Dec 26   3pm  Redditch Utd (A)

Sat Dec 29  3pm  Tamworth (H) 

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