23rd Jan, 2018

Assistant manager Rob Kimberlin pleased with Alvis Sporting showing

Steve Carpenter 22nd Aug, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

ALVIS Sporting gained their fourth Midland League point in 72 hours at Green Lane after beating Bloxwich Town by the only goal of the game and then being held to a goalless draw by Feckenham.

In both games Alvis were without several of their double winning side of last season and it was reflected in the displays.

Against Worcestershire-based Feckenham, good football was at a premium in the gale force wind but midway through the first half Alvis hit a purple patch.

Ben Cranage hitt a stunning 20 yard drive which was acrobatically saved by Feckenham goalkeeper George Harris before Stefan McGrath fired across the face of goal and then captain Dean Kimberlin had a header well saved at the foot of the post.

In the second half, 17-year-old Corey Blackwood had a 20 yard volley well saved whilst McGrath shot narrowly wide in what was not one of the most inspired performances by the Alvis outfit.

Previously a late goal scored by Cranage, against resilient league newcomers Bloxwich Town, proved to be the match winner in a keenly fought encounter.

Bloxwich missed a penalty on 13 minutes when a tamely struck shot from Ashley Southall was easily saved by Alvis goalkeeper James Wardle.

The game continued in high tempo with neither goalkeeper being unduly troubled but in the second half Alvis began to dominate in the later stages.

Ryan Isherwood shot narrowly wide on 81 minutes but Cranage was on target with a well placed header from a left wing cross through a crowded goalmouth with two minutes remaining.

“It was a well deserved three points against Bloxwich Town who were a stubborn hard working side,” said Alvis assistant manager, Rob Kimberlin.

“However, to many players under performed against Feckenham, but at the least the defence did not concede in either game.”

On Saturday Alvis Sporting visit Earlswood Town and then on Bank Holiday Monday host newly promoted Redditch Borough at Green Lane.

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