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Ildane Linton brace helps Alvis Sporting maintain unbeaten start

Steve Carpenter 21st Oct, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

ILDANE Linton bagged a brace as Alvis Sporting enhanced their promotion credentials with a comfortable 3-0 win at Hampton on Saturday.

With Shropshire side Newport Town held to a draw in the West Midlands League, Alvis remain the only side with a 100 per cent league record in the Midland League, the West Midland League and the East Midland League.

Alvis attacked from the start on Saturday and were two goals to the good within the first 12 minutes.

Linton converted his first goal of the match from 15 yards out and and two minutes he scored a second after a fine move involving Reece Snape.

The third goal came on the hour when Tommy Maguire was left unchallenged by a retreating defence and took full advantage to net from within the penalty area.

Speaking after the match, Alvis boss Damian Cassidy said: “Although we enjoyed plenty of possession, we failed to make it count by not finishing off many opportunities.

“However, it is great news that we are keeping the run going, and in Craig Goodbody we had a great solid performance from him in centre midfield.”

Alvis travel to Fairfield Villa on Saturday in a league fixture where they will be hoping to emulate their Presidents Cup win of three weeks ago against the same opponents.

In the Midland League Premier Division, Sphinx slipped to their fifth consecutive defeat in the league after losing 4-2 at home to Heanor Town on Monday night.

Nathan Benger opened the scoring for the visitors after nine minutes at Sphinx Drive and two further first half goals from Jay Cooper (38) and Joe Naylor (43) handed Heanor a comfortable three-goal lead at the break.

A brace by Richard Blythe inside the opening 12 minutes of the second half got Sphinx right back into the match but with 14 minutes remaining Daniel Claridge scored a fourth and final goal to wrap up a 4-2 win for Heanor.

Another defeat sees Luke Hopkins’ side drop down to fourth from bottom in the table ahead of this Saturday’s home clash against Shepshed Dynamo.

Elsewhere in Division One, Coventry United remain at the top of the table thanks to a narrow 2-1 victory at home to Cadbury Athletic on Saturday.

Two goals in either half from Joshua O’Grady handed United a 2-0 lead and despite Stuart Butcher scoring in the 90th minutes the home side were able to hold out for their 11th win in 12 matches.

Coventry United now have a week to prepare for their next game at Pershore Town on October 31.