4th Jul, 2022

Promotions hopes fade for Alvis Sporting following Redditch loss

FOOTBALL: PROMOTION prospects for Alvis Sporting received a severe blow following a 4-2 loss to Redditch Borough on May Day Bank Holiday.

Having been top of the Midland League Division Two for most of the season, Alvis Sporting’s hopes of promotion are now in the hands of Paget Rangers.

Should Paget Rangers defeat Coton Green later in the week, they will be promoted and Alvis Sporting will remain put.

Within 15 minutes of the start, Redditch had scored twice with Jamie Hatfield latching onto a free kick from Luke English to score with a header.

Hatfield again headed home following a corner from the right.

While Steve Minard shot narrowly wide for Alvis, it was the Worcestershire side that added a third goal soon after the break when Hatfield seized onto a long ball to register his hat trick.

In the closing stages, Alvis reduced the deficit with Minard netting from close range following a cross from Declan Price.

Liam Fullerton restored the three goal advantage minutes from time, while Alvis scored a late consolation goal with Price scoring from two yards, following a cross from Shane Brassington.

Manager Damian Cassidy, said: “It was very disappointing that our last league game left us with too much to do with an injury affected side.

“The lads worked as hard as they could, but they seemed slow out of the block which was no surprise with such a backlog of fixtures.

“This was a season which was made hard for ourselves, and sadly it was too big a task to overcome.”

Alvis Sporting still have an opportunity to gain silverware when they meet Fairfield Villa next Tuesday evening in the final of the Midland League Presidents Cup, to be played at Stourport.

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