4th Dec, 2016

Alvis Sporting progress in Birmingham County FA Vase

Steve Carpenter 4th Jan, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A GOAL in each half helped Alvis Sporting progress into the last 16 of the Birmingham County FA Vase competition at the expense of Folly Lane.

With both sides undefeated in their respective Leagues, Saturday’s match was eagerly anticipated and despite being switch from Green Lane due to the weather, a record attendance for the season greeted the two sides at the London Road ground.

On a heavy ground it was Alvis who struck first in the fifth minute when winger Tommy Maguire advanced along the byline and squared the ball for debutant Richard Cutting to net from close range.

Both sides battled hard in a typical cup tie atmosphere with chances at both ends, and Folly Lane had vigorous appeals for a penalty turned down midway through the second half.

However with ten minutes remaining Alvis secured entry into the next round when substitute Shane Brassington scored in fine style to round off a superb move involving four Alvis players.

“First of all I would like to congratulate the Folly Lane Officials for getting the only game on throughout the Coventry area,” said Alvis manager Damian Cassidy.

“Whilst we agreed to the ground switch, we were fully aware that few teams go to Folly Lane and come away with a win.

“However, considering we had not completed a game for six weeks, I was delighted with how well organised we were.”

This Saturday Alvis travel to Hawkesmill Sports in the quarter-final of the Coventry Charity Cup, Coventry Sphinx travel to Brocton in the Midland Premier Divison and Coventry United host Racing Club Warwick in Division One.