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Posted on February 27 2020 at 2:47:24

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Alvechurch FC hope for silverware against Bromsgrove Sporting.

Despite a poor run of form in which they hadn’t won a league match since New Year’s Day, Alvechurch now find themselves preparing for a cup final after a 3–0 thrashing of Kidderminster Harriers.

The Worcestershire Senior Cup semi-final took place at Lye Meadow, where ’Church booked their place in the final against league rivals Bromsgrove Sporting.

The match will be played on Thursday April 16 at  7.45pm at Evesham United’s ground, and is Alvechurch’s only chance for silverware this season.

In the league, things haven’t been so rosy, with recent losses to Hednesford Town, Stourbridge, Hitchin Town, Tamworth and Peterborough Sports leaving ’Church second from bottom of the table.

The home defeat to Tamworth was particularly unfortunate as the visitors’ two goals came on 76 minutes and in stoppage time.

They did manage a 0-0 draw at home to Leiston, but this was a game of missed opportunities – Alvechurch dominated the first half, but Kevin Monteiro missed a sitter before Rahis Nabi, Aaron Birch and Zazzi all fired off target.

With fans growing restless, chairman Richard Thorndike put a statement on the club’s website, urging supporters to get behind the team:

“Whilst I understand the frustration of our league position and lack of points on the board, it’s disappointing to see a few [fans] ‘arguing’ about the current situation.

“When you consider our playing budget and the fact we were left with only four players from our last season’s squad at the start of the season, it was always going to be a mammoth task to compete at this level.

“[Manager] Dean Holtham. . . asked for no money, instead offering his pay back into the team’s budget so we could improve the playing squad. A huge gesture, not to be understated.

“I’m certain there will be more good times ahead of us but now is a time for togetherness and supporting the team. We’re all Church, in good times and in bad.”

*  International clearance has been approved for midfield player Joe Phillips to return to Alvechurch from Welsh league side Aberystwyth Town.

Joe previously played at Lye Meadow towards the end of the 2018/19 season but returned to the Welsh side at the end of the season. He was a Welsh Cup finalist with his first club Stourport Swifts.

Another fan favourite returning to the club is centre-forward Connor Deards. Connor brings vast experience, having had two previous spells with Church and his former clubs Redditch United, Bromsgrove Sporting and Lye Town.

West Bromwich Albion’s under-18 attacking midfielder Eoin Ashton has also joined on a month’s loan.

*  Centre-forward Kyle Perry has left the club. Kyle joined Alvechurch from local rivals Bromsgrove Sporting earlier in the season but has decided to move on.

The 6’4’ ’experienced target-man had played for Telford before going into the Football League with both Port Vale and Mansfield Town. He has also represented Tamworth, Lincoln City and Altrincham in his successful career.

Paul Douglas has also left after a short stay at Lye Meadow. The Bermudan international midfielder joined the club from Ilkeston and has now moved on to Stratford Town.

*  Alvechurch FC is has a vacancy for a Commercial Manager – email Club Secretary, Steve Denny, for details.

*  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


Pictured: Action from the away defeat to Hitchin (Photo/ Ian Macvie)


FIXTURES (League unless stated)

Tues Mar 3  Biggleswade Town (A) 7.45pm

Sat March 7  Nuneaton Borough (H)  3pm

Sat March 14  Rushall Olympic  (H)  3pm

Sat March 21  Coalville Town (A)  3pm

Sat March 28  Banbury  (H)  3pm

Sat April 4  Rushden & Diamonds (H)  3pm

Sat April 11 Stratford Town  (H)  3pm

Mon April 13  Broms Sporting  (A)  3pm

Thur April 16  Broms Sporting  7.45pm
Worcestershire Senior Cup Final (at Evesham)

Sat April 18  Kings Langley  (A)  3pm

Sat April 25  Lowestoft Town  (H)  3pm


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