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Shoot-out woe for AFC

Posted on December 31 2017 at 12:01:49

Newcastle Town match

Alvechurch FC celebrate a wonder goal but rue the curse of penalties.

A wonder goal by ’Church’s centre forward Danny Dubidat has now been viewed more than a million times around the world.

Alvechurch TV cameraman Elliot Macvie captured the moment in the 3–2 win over Sheffield: ’keeper Lewis Gwilliams cleared the ball to Dubidat, who controlled it on his thigh, turned the defender and volleyed into the net via the underside of the bar, for what may be the best goal ever seen at Lye Meadow.

Comments have been received via Australia, China, Turkey, America and throughout Europe, as well as from Gary Lineker, Alan Smith and Matt Le Tissier.

The goal has also been shown on Central News and Soccer AM, and Danny was interviewed on local radio.

Dubidat’s current form has been a key part of Alvechurch’s recent league success, which saw them in second place as we went to press.

This season the top two teams will be automatically promoted, and the next four teams will have an end-of-season play-off for the final promotion place.

Competition for second place is tense, but if ’Church can win their games in hand, they will be in pole position for automatic promotion.

The Churchmen have not had quite the same success in recent cup matches, crashing out of two competitions on penalties.

Having beaten Stourbridge in the Integro League Cup, Alvechurch travelled to fellow Premier side Stafford Rangers.

With a few players rested and others carrying knocks, a relatively inexperienced team made an uncertain start and went a goal down early on, but as the first half progressed they started to cause the home defence problems.

Alvechurch had the better of the second half and Jamie Willetts scored a deserved equaliser on 62 minutes. Both teams had chances to win it in the final minutes, but penalties it was.

Although Price got his hand to at least three of the home side’s kicks, he was unable to prevent all four hitting the back of the net. ’Church’s opening penalty was saved, and the third went wide as Stafford came out 4-2 winners with a kick to spare.

Alvechurch then faced their second shoot-out in a week, when a much-changed side – including four under-18 players making their debuts – drew 0-0 with Lye Town in the Worcestershire Senior Urn. Once again the curse of penalties struck, and ’Church’s spot kicks hit the woodwork or were saved.

There are still two cups up for grabs, however. AFC will definitely play EvoStik Premier side Rushall Olympic in the second round of the Birmingham Senior Cup, though the date for this home fixture has not been finalised.

Their JW Hunt Cup match, away to Heath Hayes, was postponed due to snow.


* It’s all change in goal at Lye Meadow, with two ’keepers returning and another released. Lewis Gwilliams is back after a loan spell at Rugby Town and has taken over the number 1 position from Paul Evans.

Also rejoining is former player Charlie Price, who helped Tividale win the Midland Football League Championship.

However, Jasmin Keranovic, who joined on loan earlier this season from West Bromwich Albion, has now returned to The Hawthorns.

Fans’ favourite Chris Field has returned after a two-year absence. Chris signed for Alvechurch from Tividale at the start of Ian Long’s tenure and established himself as the regular right back.

He then decided to take a break from football due to family commitments, but continued to follow the team whenever he could. The club is delighted to welcome Chris back.

Forward Jordan Nadat has returned to AFC for a third time. He initially joined on loan from Sutton Coldfield Town before leaving for spells at EvoStik Premier side Hednesford Town and MFL team Coleshill Town, where he was a prolific scorer.

For more info or sponsorship enquiries, please contact Trevor Ball at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit www.pitchero.com/clubs/alvechurch

Above: Alvechurch in action against Newcastle Town (Photo/ Ian Macvie)


FIXTURES
League games unless stated

Mon Jan 1 3pm Romulus (H)

Sat Jan 6 3pm Chasetown (A)

Sat Jan 13 3pm Belper Town (H)

Sat Jan 20 3pm Lincoln Utd (A)

Sat Jan 27 3pm Cleethorpes (H)

Sat Feb 3 3pm Sheffield FC (A)

Sat Feb 10 3pm Corby Town (H)


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