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Ready for challenge

Posted on July 29 2019 at 10:37:36


Alvechurch FC warm up for new season with a trio of friendlies.

Alvechurch FC’s new manager Darren Byfield started his tenure with a win, as the new-look team put four goals past Littleton in a pre-season friendly.

Midfielder Mitch Botfield, who has played a large part in the club’s success in recent years, gave Church the lead with a superb half-volley just three minutes in.

Littleton hit back, though, with Dean Fisher brought down by Taylor Morrison before getting up and calmly slotting the ball into the net.

But Alvechurch restored their lead within a minute as new signing Danico Johnson beat the Littleton keeper and two men to fire home. A fine run from Rahis Nabi saw him play the ball to Johnson who bagged his second before half-time.

In the second half Church fielded a near-enough different side and sealed the win via a Morrison goal.

Littleton created a few chances of their own and did manage to pull one back, but the visitors were able to keep the final score at 2–4.

Unfortunately the boot was on the other foot in the next fixture, as Alvechurch were beaten 4–1 by a young and vibrant West Bromwich Albion under-23 side.

In an even first half, chances were restricted to strikes from distance. Then AFC’s keeper Bobby Biddle misplaced a pass to Albion striker Owen Windsor, who duly put the ball into the bottom corner.

Albion started the second half quickly. Nick Clayton-Phillips fired wide of goal while Biddle denied Sam Wilding, before Javia Roberts forced a save from Albion keeper Brad House.

Windsor then came inches away from grabbing his second with a low strike off the post, while Church substitute Fisher saw his shot deflected just wide after a good run.

As the game wore on, West Brom become ruthless. Their trialist got their second goal via the crossbar, before Clayton-Phillips won and converted a penalty.

Proving himself as one to watch, he then scored a stunning long-distance strike to put some gloss on the scoreline.

Alvechurch did manage to respond through a brilliant Peter Till free-kick towards the end of the game.

Next up was a tricky trip to AFC Wulfrunians. With Church missing Josh Ezwele and Taylor Morrison, both on trial at Bradford City, as well as Mitch Botfield, the game provided the chance for others to impress the manager – and they did.

The hosts created a few early chances but their shots were off target; while Roberts saw his shot saved and Johnson curled wide of goal.

Biddle then got down low to deny the Wulfrunians winger, who fired the rebound wide to end an entertaining first 45.

In the second half substitute Ant Smith made an instant impact for  Church, curling the ball into the top corner superbly.

Biddle was then on hand to make another stunning save and prevent an own goal, but Wulfrunians equalised soon after via a deflection.

However, Kyle Morrison popped up to meet a Babacar Suane corner and headed in to secure the win.

League action begins with a visit to Royston Town on August 10, and September brings the first and second qualifying rounds of the FA Cup.

* Former manager Ian Long has signed another two Alvechurch players for his new club Stourbridge.

Forward Aaron Lloyd and central midfielder Tom Tonks make it eight players that have followed Long.

* 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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Pictured: Action from the defeat by West Bromwich Albion (Photo/ Ian Macvie)

FIXTURES (League unless stated)

Sat Aug 3   Evesham Utd (H)  3pm - friendly

Sat Aug 10  Royston Town (A) 3pm

Tues Aug 13  Barwell (H) 7.45pm

Sat Aug 17  Hitchin Town (H) 3pm

Sat Aug 24  Hednesford Town (A) 3pm

Mon Aug 26  Redditch Utd (H) 3pm

Sat Aug 31  Leiston (A) 3pm

Sat Sep 7  FA Cup 1st Qualifying Round

Sat Sep 14  Peterboro Sports (H) 3pm

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