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Goals galore for AFC

Posted on September 30 2018 at 12:52:30


AFC are involved in plenty of cup action this autumn.

Alvechurch FC progressed to the second qualifying round of the FA Cup, via a seven-goal thriller against Bromsgrove Sporting and an away win at Stratford Town.

In the home match against Bromsgrove, the 728 supporters were treated to four goals in the first 18 minutes. The visitors scored first but ’Church responded instantly through Josh March before Luke Yates gave them the lead.

A Bromsgrove penalty made the scores level at half-time, before two spot-kicks from penalty king Tom Turton won the game for AFC – despite a late Bromsgrove goal making for a nervy finish.

The Stratford Town match had far fewer chances, although Alvechurch had a goal disallowed in the first half.

Despite Stratford going down to 10 men when Cody Fisher was shown a straight red card, ’Church found it difficult to break down a stubborn defence until substitute Aaron Lloyd scored the only goal with his first touch of the game.

As we went to press, AFC were due to play Corby Town in the next round.

Alvechurch then beat Bromsgrove Sporting for the second time in two weeks in the Southern League Challenge Cup.

This was a far cagier affair and it took a touch of class from Kieron Cooke to secure a 1–0 victory after the dismissal of Bromsgrove’s Jason Cowley late in the first half.

AFC have been drawn at home to local rivals Highgate United in the first round of the Birmingham Senior Cup October 9 at 7.45. They also play Bilston Town in the JW Hunt Cup.

Meanwhile, having begun their league campaign with two draws and a defeat, Alvechurch recorded their first league win of the season by beating Redditch United 3–0.

This was followed by another 3–0 victory over high-flying Needham Market – in the team’s best performance of the season so far, they ran out easy winners to climb into the top half of the table.

* Alvechurch have signed prolific scorer Trea Bertie from Racing Club Warwick. The forward scored regularly for Warwick, and prior to signing for them scored 19 goals in 19 matches for Smithswood Firs.

Central defender Luke Paskin has left Alvechurch to join Lye Town, having rejoined Church at the beginning of the season.

Goalkeeper Matt Sargeant has also played for Lye Town this season, to gain match fitness before establishing himself as the number one keeper at Lye Meadow.

Experienced centre forward Nathan Waite has joined Southern League Division 1 Central side Coleshill Town. He wasn’t getting the game time he wanted at AFC so decided to move on.

Former Alvechurch forward Yusifu Ceesay has signed professional terms with League 1 side Blackpool.

Yusifu played a significant role in last season’s success, creating and scored many important goals, and thoroughly deserves the opportunity to play at professional level. Yusifu has signed a two-year contract with the option of a third, and all at AFC wish him well.

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All league fixtures unless stated

Sat Oct 6  3pm  Barwell (A)

Tues Oct 9  7.45pm  Highgate United (H)  Birmingham Senior Cup R1

Sat Oct 13  3pm  St Ives Town (H)

Tues Oct 16  7.45pm  Stratford Town (H)

Sat Oct 20  3pm  Bedworth Utd (A)

Sat Nov 3  3pm  Kings Lynn Town (H)

Sat Nov 10  3pm  Halesowen Town (A)

Sat Nov 17  3pm  St Neots Town (H)

Mon Nov 19  7.45pm  Rushall Olympic (A)

Sat Nov 24  3pm  Leiston (H)

Pictured: Action from the win at Redditch United  (Photo/ Ian Macvie)

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