9th Dec, 2016

Squad rotation pays off for Alvis Sporting who progress in Birmingham County FA Saturday Vase

Steve Carpenter 16th Oct, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

ALVIS Sporting will be looking to go one better than last year’s semi-final finish in the Birmingham County FA Saturday Vase competition after breezing through to the second round of this time around thanks to a 5-2 victory over Continental Star.

The two sides came up against each other in a competitive fixture for the first time in 20 years on Saturday and it was Alvis who struck first in the fifth minute when a long throw by Kyle Walker was converted by Kiam Galdins from close range.

Birmingham-based Star equalised eight minutes later when Randane Lamond converted a cross from the right but Alvis restored their lead on the half hour mark when a great through ball from Dean Kimberlin was latched onto by Charlie Cook who scored with a right-footed shot from the edge of the penalty area.

Within ten minutes Star equalised for the second time when an unmarked Nathan Waite had an easy chance to score.

A determined Alvis side raised their game in the second half, and three goals in 20 minutes settled the outcome of the tie.

Three minutes after the break a long free kick from Michael Quirke found Cook who scored his second goal of the game from 12 yards.

Just three minutes later Adam Day netted from 18 yards and Rickie Cutting scored the fifth goal after 65 minutes with a right foot shot to complete the rout.

“For this game I rotated the squad, and it gave me the opportunity to look at various combinations,” said Alvis boss Damian Cassidy.

“It also meant I could give game time to other players and overall there were many positives to be drawn.”

Alvis Sporting entertain promotion chasing Droitwich Spa at Green Lane on Saturday in a Midland League Division Two fixture.