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Super season for AFC

Posted on May 29 2018 at 1:32:10

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Alvechurch promoted for the second time in a row.

Fans of Alvechurch FC celebrated the team’s second promotion in as many years, after their draw with Bedworth United secured second place in the league with a game to spare – and automatic promotion to the newly-formed Southern League Central Division.

Second place was enough for the club to achieve their aim of back-to-back promotions, securing a vital point in the last home game of the season.

It has been a superb three years for AFC: running Hereford close two seasons ago, winning the Midland Football League last season and now promotion from the EvoStik Northern League Southern Division at the first time of asking.

The Churchmen will play at step 3 of the non-league pyramid next season, and the FA has confirmed the club’s inclusion in the new Southern League Central Division. Opponents will include Halesowen Town, Redditch United and Stourbridge.

The club’s recent success has seen a significant increase in attendances, averaging 177 supporters per match – an increase of 27 per cent over the previous season. The highest attendance was against Bedworth when 475 supporters came through the gates to watch AFC gain promotion.

The club would like to thank everyone who has supported the club this season and looks forward to seeing you all next year!

Unfortunately the celebrations could not extend to lifting the JW Hunt Cup, with Alvechurch suffering a 2–0 semi-final defeat to Midland Football League Division 1 side Atherstone Town.

After their first-round tie against Heath Hayes FC was postponed seven times, the Cup had fallen behind schedule, meaning that Alvechurch’s next two opponents, Wolverhampton Casuals and Dudley Town, both pulled out – giving ’Church a bye to the semi-final.

With a mixture of first team and youth players in the starting 11, AFC were already 2–0 down by half time, and although they created more chances in the second half, they were unable to pull back the deficit.


* A raft of major players have re-signed for AFC for next season, including club captain Ashley Carter, goalkeepers Charlie Price and Paul Evans, club legend Andy Parsons and the influential Josh March, Aaron Lloyd and Zac Foster.

Tom Turton, who scored 15 goals from midfield last season, is also staying at Lye Meadow – as is Jamie Willetts, who has now secured three promotions in three seasons, having won the league with Hereford FC and twice with Alvechurch.

Also committed are central midfielder Ryan Winwood, now recovered from his shoulder injuries, and defensive midfielder Dave Bellis, one of the hardest-working players at the club and a great motivator.

Meanwhile, 17-year-old Luke Yates has now had a trial at Sheffield United as well as West Bromwich Albion.


*  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   Follow the club on Twitter @Alvechurch1st


PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES

Sat July 14     Wolves Casuals (A)
Tues July 17   Kidderminster Harriers (H) (WSC)
Tues July 24   Bromsgrove Sporting (H)
Thurs July 26 Rugby (A)
Sat July 28     Sutton (A)
Tues July 31   Sporting Khalsa (A)

Photo/ Ian Macvie


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