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Hope restored with win

Posted on October 29 2019 at 8:36:58


Alvechurch FC end a run of defeats with a morale-boosting victory.

Alvechurch will be hoping that an impressive 1-0 victory against St Ives Town – their first win in either league or cup since the end of August – will mark the end of a run of poor form.

The result moved them to 16th in the table and will boost confidence going into the next league match against top-ranked Coalville Town – as well as their trip to Peterborough Sports in the first qualifying round of the FA Trophy, taking place just after we went to press.

Before that, there had been two more defeats in cup competitions – firstly a 2–1 loss at Redditch United in the Southern League Challenge Cup, and then another penalty shoot-out against AFC Wulfrunians in the Birmingham Senior Cup.

The latter came after a lacklustre 0–0 draw in normal time, with few chances for the ’Church boys.

The spot-kicks saw debutant Rikardo Reid have his shot saved and Jordan Goddard strike the crossbar, putting the visitors through 3–4.

* After such a mixed start to the season, manager Darren Byfield has made plenty of changes to the squad. New signings include central midfielder Courtney Richards, who has played for Brighton, Torquay, Nuneaton, Solihull and Braintree.

Three new goalkeepers are now on the books. Matt Sargeant has returned from Nuneaton, having left to join Rushall Olympic last season and previously played for Tipton, Worcester Halesowen and Sporting Khalsa.

Matt Cotton has signed from Coleshill Town, and the third keeper is Joe Slinn who started his career at Port Vale before joining Walsall and more recently Atherton Collieries.

Experienced centre-forward Kyle Perry has joined from Bromsgrove Sporting. He has scored goals wherever he’s been and his clubs include Port Vale, Tamworth and Lincoln.

Joining Kyle up front is Kye Dryden who has joined the club from Chelmsley Town, while right-sided player Archie Brennan arrives from Cheltenham Town.

18-year-old Archie has progressed through the Cheltenham academy and has joined AFC on loan to gain first team experience.

The final signing sees the return of fan favourite Mitch Botfield. The combative central midfielder has returned from Stourbridge, having joined them in the close season.

Mitch started his career at Walsall, moving to Halesowen and Evesham before gaining a football scholarship in the USA.

Due to the influx of new players to the club, goalkeeper Lloyd Ransome has rejoined Walsall Wood, Kyle Rowley has moved on to Stratford Town and Danico Johnson has joined Racing Club Warwick.

Congratulations to 16-year-old George Clarke, who has joined Cheltenham Town as an academy player.

The promising right-back has been playing for the Alvechurch under-18s and made his first team debut in a man-of-the-match performance against Wolverhampton Sports SC in the JW Hunt Cup, having played for the under-18s the night before.

’Church’s assistant manager Peter Till has also decided to leave the club to extend his playing career.

Peter arrived at the club as Darren Byfield’s assistant in the close season from Walsall Wood FC, and has made cameo appearances from the substitutes’ bench, but has decided to return to Walsall Wood as a player.

Everyone at the club would like to thank Peter for all his hard work during his stay at Lye Meadow.

* Congratulations to Ben Usher Shipway on winning the player of the month award for September, and to Rahis Nabib who won the goal of the month award for his 30-yard strike at Wolverhampton Sports SC.

* For more info or sponsorship enquiries, please contact Trevor Ball at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit

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FIXTURES (League unless stated)

Sat Nov 2  Coalville Town (H) 3pm 

Sat Nov 9  Rushall Olympic (A) 3pm

Tues Nov 12  Tamworth (A) 7.45pm

Sat Nov 16  Rushden & Diamonds (H) 3pm

Tues Nov 19  Stourbridge (H) 7.45pm

Sat Nov 23  Banbury Utd (A) 3pm

Sat Nov 30  Kings Langley (H) 3pm

Pictured: Action from the 3–2 loss against Nuneaton Borough (Photo/ Ian Macvie)

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