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Posted on April 30 2018 at 3:04:55

Footie

Alvechurch FC close in on promotion and hope for cup success.

As we went to press, Alvechurch FC were still on course for promotion with just three league games left to play.

If indeed they are promoted to the Southern League Central Division, the club’s ground is all ready to go, having passed its Grade D Ground Grading inspection. The club would like to thank chairman Richard Thorndike, Steve Patton, Neil Tomlin, Craig Nicholls, Rob Waldron, Paul Weaver and Wayne Clarke.

Meanwhile, AFC are still defending the JW Hunt Cup after overcoming Heath Hayes 4-2 in their much-postponed fixture – the reward is a home tie against Wolverhampton Casuals, due to take place on Tuesday May 1.

Sadly, the Birmingham Senior Cup will be missing from the trophy cabinet – in their quarter-final match against West Bromwich Albion, ’Church twice battled back from a goal down, but fell victim to a soft stoppage-time penalty decision.

Despite making seven changes due to a looming league clash with Spalding United, AFC gave a very good account of themselves against West Brom’s normal-strength under-23 side.

The game was played at a ferocious pace, with Albion taking the lead on 29 minutes. ’Church chalked up a deserved equaliser on the stroke of half time when Nathaniel Waite pounced from six yards.

Alvechurch continued brightly after the break, but WBA scrambled a second goal on 67 minutes. ’Church got right back in it with four minutes remaining when a free kick was lofted into the box, and Waite was on hand to steer a free kick in through a crowded six-yard box.

They were now pressing for what appeared an unlikely winner, but as the clock ticked into stoppage time, Leko won a penalty just inside the box. Hearts sank as the referee pointed to the spot, and Morton stroked the ball in to put WBA ahead for the third and final time.


*  Congratulations to Ash Carter and Tom Turton, who have been named in the EvoStik Northern League South Division’s team of the season in recognition of their performances for Alvechurch FC.

Congratulations also go to forward Luke Yates, who has secured a two-week trial at West Bromwich Albion.

The 18-year-old has impressed everyone at Lye Meadow this season after moving from West Midland Regional League Premier Division side Wednesfield FC at the end of last season.


*  As part of its policy to engage the local community, AFC is hosting a Family Fun Day on Saturday May 19 from 1– 5pm (you can also arrive early and watch the Royal Wedding, and stay later and watch the FA Cup Final).

There will be 5-a-side competitions, races, a penalty shoot-out competition, crossbar challenge, bouncy castle, stalls, face painting, music and food. Admission is free. The club is also offering any local charity or group the chance to have a stall on the day, free of charge – please contact Fred Evans on 07970 824986.


*  ’Church manager Ian Long is asking for support in aid of Birmingham City Mission, a Christian charity that works with homeless people in Birmingham.

The charity is collecting old adult trainers (as long as they have laces and are not split), so if you have any pairs of size 7 or above, please box them up and take them to The Hayes Sports Field, Redditch Road, West Heath, B38 8LP or Alvechurch FC, Lye Meadow, 53 Redditch Road, Alvechurch, B48 7RS.

Jogging bottoms and back packs are also being collected. If you need your items to be picked up, call Richard Thorndike on 07834 351696.


*  For more info or sponsorship enquiries, please contact Trevor Ball at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/alvechurch
Follow the club on Twitter @Alvechurch1st

HOME FIXTURES
League games unless stated

Sat April 28  3pm  Loughboro Dynamo

Tues May 1  7.45pm  Wolverhampton Casuals  (JW Hunt Cup)


Above: Action from the home win over Stocksbridge Park Steels (Photo/ Ian Macvie)


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