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Sweet victory at Stourbridge

Posted on November 27 2017 at 11:38:18

Paul Evans

Alvechurch FC have plenty to look forward to as the year ends.

An exciting win over local rivals Stourbridge saw Alvechurch progress to the second round of the Integro League Challenge Cup.

Stourbridge, who play one level above ’Church, couldn’t cope with the pace and tenacity of the visitors, and were left stunned by a four-goal first half blitz.

They fell behind in the first minute when Tommy Turton scored from the penalty spot. Goals from Andrew Parsons, Nathaniel Waite and Mitch Botfield followed, and AFC were well worth their 4-0 lead at half time.

Stourbridge made a couple of changes at the break, and got themselves back in the game by scoring directly from a free kick and converting a penalty – but Alvechurch saw the match out as 4–2 winners.

’Church were due to meet fellow Northern Premier League side Stafford Rangers in the next round on Tuesday November 28.

Unfortunately, news from the FA Trophy was not so positive – following their best run in the competition for 30 years, Alvechurch were knocked out by EvoStik League Premier Division side Coalville Town with an ignominious 5 –1 home defeat.

In the previous round, they had navigated a tricky away tie at Cambridge City, dominating the majority of the match and coming out comfortable 2–0 winners with a brace from midfielder Babucar Sauane.

It was a different story in the Coalville match, when ’Church found themselves two down by the break. They were thrown a lifeline early in the second half, when the visitors were reduced to ten men and Jamie Willets scored a deficit-halving goal.

But Coalville defended resolutely despite their numerical disadvantage, and managed to bag another three goals to make the final scoreline 5–1.

Alvechurch are hoping for better things in their two other cup runs, and have been handed a home draw in the second round of the Birmingham Senior Cup – they’ll play either Rushall Olympic or Coventry City. In the JW Hunt Cup, they are away to Heath Hayes on November 21.

Meanwhile, in the league, Alvechurch were second in the table as we went to press.

* Fans’ favourite Sam Williams is returning to Lye Meadow. The combative midfielder was a big influence on and off the pitch two seasons ago when Alvechurch just missed out to Hereford in the league.

He moved to Walsall Wood last season but due to injury was unable to play in as many games as he hoped. It is hoped he will be available for AFC after Christmas.

More good news for fans – Ryan Winwood has returned to full training.

The popular midfielder has been blighted with injuries, dislocating his shoulder several times. In the close season he had major surgery, and now has full movement in his shoulder and arm. Hopefully it won’t be long until he’s back in the first team.

AFC have also welcomed Macauley Manning from Redditch United. He is a versatile player who can play in defence or in midfield.

Alvechurch’s longest-serving player Jack Cresswell has decided to take a break from football. The skilful midfielder will be missed; his ability to create space and his subtle touches and passes created many scoring opportunities.

Goalkeeper Paul Evans (pictured above) is also leaving the club, having been a stalwart in the Alvechurch line-up over the past two seasons and instrumental in the recent success of the club.

Such is his popularity at Lye Meadow that he was awarded the supporters’ Player of the Year last season.

With a young family, Paul felt that he couldn’t commit his time to both the football club and home life. Everyone wishes Paul the very best for the future and thanks him for contributing so much to the club.

Bekir Halal and Javia Roberts, both recently signed from AFC Hinckley, have now left Lye Meadow as they could not be guaranteed first-team football.

Bekir has returned to Hinckley, while Javia has joined Market Drayton Town, where his former Hinckley manager is now at the helm.

League games unless stated

Sat Dec 2   3pm Spalding United (A)

Sat Dec 9   3pm Kidsgrove Athletic (H)

Sat Dec 16   3pm Leek Town (A)

Sat Dec 23   3pm Gresley FC (H)

Tues Dec 26   1pm Bedworth (A)

Mon Jan 1 3pm Romulus (H)

Sat Jan 6 3pm Chasetown (A)

* 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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