4th Dec, 2016

Spirited Sporting Alvis progress in the Birmingham County FA Saturday Vase

Steve Carpenter 23rd Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

ALVIS Sporting moved into the semi-final of the Birmingham County FA Saturday Vase after beating Woodlands 3-1.

Alvis who almost took an early lead on Saturday when Kiam Galdins headed a right wing cross against the post.

The visitors defended well and just before the break goalkeeper Ashley Hooker made a magnificent flying diving save from a close range shot to maintain a goalless first half.

Alvis faced a hurricane wind which arose in the second half, but they went in front on 51 minutes with a superb 20 yard low drive from Tommy Maguire, although Woodlands equalised after 65 minutes with a penalty converted by Jai Stanley.

Alvis deservedly regained the lead six minutes later when Reece Snape headed home a fina cross from Maguire and in the closing minutes Maguire sealed the tie with a drive from an acute angle.

“We are pleased with our progress into the last four particularly as our three goals were exquisitely taken,” said a delighted Damian Cassidy.

“It was a workmanlike performance against experienced opponents on what was to us a strange all weather pitch. I was impressed by the performance by Kiam Galdins who was deservedly man of the match.”

In the Midland Premier Division, Sphinx slipped to their 16th defeat of the season after losing to Boldmere St Michaels on Tuesday evening.

This Saturday Alvis visit Midland League Inkberrow in the quarter-final of the Les James Challenge Cup, while Sphinx travel to in-form Highgate United.