20th Jan, 2018

Sam Murphy gets high praise from Alvis Sporting boss Damian Cassidy after Redditch Borough win

Steve Carpenter 31st Aug, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

ALVIS Sporting came from behind in each of their Bank Holiday fixtures to register maximum points which puts them amongst the early season front runners in the Midland League Division Two.

The busy weekend began with a trip to Earlswood Town on Saturday where Alvis went behind on 33 minutes when Nicky Playdon out jumped the Alvis defence to score from close range.

The visitors equalised with 73 minutes on the clock with Shane Brassington firing home after good work by Charlie Cook and Kiam Galdins, and with eight minutes remaining Declan Price scored the winning goal with a spectacular effort from 18 yards.

There was little time to rest with Alvis being back in action again on Monday afternoon as they hosted Redditch Borough and recorded a 3-1 victory in a game that was a credit to the Midland League.

In the opening exchanges Alvis captain Michael Quirke fired in a fierce shot from 25 yards which was only held at the second attempt by Redditch keeper Ryan Young and Stefan McGrath also went close with a drive which went just over the bar.

Redditch came back and took the lead on 38 minutes when an unmarked Ollie Saunders scored with a close range header.

Alvis equalised just before the break when a penetrating ball from Brassington found Dildale Linton who took the ball around the keeper and calmly netted from a difficult angle.

In the second half Alvis went close on several occasions and took the lead in the 67th minute when Stefan McGrath supplied the finishing touch to a threatening build up. Two minutes from time Linton burst through from the half way line to give Cook an easy tap in.

“We totally dominated the game at Earlswood, and should have won by a wider margin,” said Alvis boss Damian Cassidy.

“It was a great game against Redditch, and I believe that Ryan Young in the Redditch goal should have a bright future. I should also like to praise our man of the match Sam Murphy who gave a sterling display.”

This Saturday Alvis Sporting entertain Smithswood Firs, last season’s Les James Cup finalists.

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