Church Sent Packing From Coleshill's Meadow
An un-enjoyable afternoon at 5th placed Coleshill as Church fell to a fifth league defeat of the season
Alvechurch: Sargeant, Field, Foster, Bellis, Smith, Paskin (Cresswell 57), Deards, Williams (Waite 66), Wright (Nadat 57), Spray, March
Subs not used: Parsons, Ashton
Coleshill: Hathaway, Weale, Quaynor, Clarke, Edwards, Milligan, Leek.R, Adkins, Benjamin, Beckley, Dainty
Subs: Colbourne, Leek,C, O’Neil, Johnson, Race
Possibly Church’s worst performance since the opening day of the season.
Trailing to a first half own goal for the second time in three days, Church failed to muster their trademark second half dominance and laboured their way to a fifth league defeat of the season, leaving the 100 point mark now reliant on two wins in the final two games of the season. It was the first time Church had failed to score in ten games, and only the fourth time they had failed to score in a league game this season.
Early chances for Williams and Spray in the first three minutes saw the former blaze over the bar from 25 yards and the latter forcing keeper Hathaway into a save that was initially spilled but gathered at the second attempt. And then on 11 minutes a Wright free kick found March unmarked at the far post but he headed tamely straight at Hathaway with a clear sight of goal.
But it was a minute later that Paskin then showed the way to goal when he powered in a header from a corner – a Coleshill corner, to give the home side the lead.
Half chances were traded in the driving rain, and March was presented with another chance on the quarter hour when Spray threaded the ball through, forcing a last ditch defensive block tackle to divert the danger.
On 28 Spray forced a smart full stretch save from Hathaway with an explosive effort from the edge of the box, but Coleshill missed a chance to go two up, on the break, on 36 when a break by Leek on the right and a curled cross to the far post found Beckley with a clear sight of goal, and a free header, but the front man failed to hit the target and trouble Sargeant.
Half Time: Coleshill 1 Alvechurch 0
Despite the fact that the sun was now shining. a second goal from the home side just five minutes into the second period delivered gloom to the already disgruntled Alvechurch camp.
Leek went on another unchecked run down the right, and his dinked cross to Beckley this time found the Coleshill number ten with more composure as he stroked the ball in at the far post.
Attacking substitutions followed with Nadat and Cresswell, and a few minutes later, Waite, entering the fray, but Church continued to look toothless in attack, and laboured in their approach play. There were glimmers, like the back-heel from Smith on 68 that was cleared off the line, with follow up volley from Spray hitting a defender in the face and ballooning wide, but in all honesty it never looked like coming.
Coleshill were playing their part too, frustrating any Church initiative at will, including incurring four yellow cards on 76, 83, 84 and 86 minutes for technical (time-wasting) offences that added to the sense that Church were merely playing a bit part today.
Match Photos HERE