FOOTBALL: A CRUSHING four goal defeat at Uttoxeter Town on Saturday saw Coventry Alvis drop into the Midland Football League First Division relegation zone.
Despite fielding several new players this season following promotion success last year, Alvis are finding life the the sixth-tier of non-league football tough.
It took Uttoexter Town just two minutes to open the scoring on Saturday as Matt Redshaw found the target early on.
A long range striek from Aaron Cooke and a follow up effort from Dennis Oppong threatened the level the game, but solid defensive work from the hosts allowed them to maintain their one-goal lead.
Slick passing movement from the hosts paid dividends when Johno Atherton managed to bag a hat-trick before the break.
An improved second half from Alvis saw Jojo Mukwita force the Uttoxeter keeper to make a fine save.
But the hosts played out the second half, earning a comfortable four-goal win.
Manager Damian Cassidy will be back on the touchline next Saturday after missing two league games.
And Alvis will break new ground when thet enter the FA Vase for the first time in the club’s history with an away trip to Boldmere St Michaels.