Alvechurch 2 Frickley 0
A tale of 2 worldies
The Frickley hordes descended on Alvechurch (despite the best efforts of the M42) hoping for a bonanza Bank Holiday BBQ of football but the salad wasn't very nice & the breadbun was a bit'clarty'
The Greens were missing Big Gav, JC & Nicky Darker (Grant Allott making his debut & Carl Stewart making his 2nd debut) but the starting 11 still should have been strong enough to come away with a result. But they gave a lacklustre performance that meant that the back line was rattled for the first time this season & Sebba was given some work to do. There was no lack of endeavour from the boys but the application of the endeavour wasn't what it might be.
The main 'highlight' of a fairly lethargic first half were the penalty award to Alvechurch, given against Grant Allott - Grant said he got the ball, the Alvechurch attacker said Grant got the ball & the ref said Grant got the ball, but he still awarded the penner! Go figure. The Pole In Goal almost kept it out but almost meant 1 nil to Alvers. Frickley had a great effort on half time, a corner was cleared to Josh Nodder who hit the sweetest volley from 20+ yards but it hit the bar - it was still shaking when we left. Had that gone in, your cub reporter could only see 1 winner.
HALF TIME 1-0
The Greens came out with better intent in the 2nd half & had 2 great chances in the same move - Steve Hopewell & Nodder firing in good shots only to be met by equally good saves by the West Brom loanee keeper. Another good opportunity to Dugdale at the far post but he shot wide. We need to make the most of these chances going forward.
Spence made some changes - Nodder, Duggie & Hopewell off with Bloor, Wiles & Davies replacing them - but we still couldn't get the end result & to be fair Alvechurchs keeper & number 5 were the best players on the field. Then came the 2nd from the home side - a quality strike from the edge of the box & that was pretty much game over as far as the match being competitive was concerned. The lads kept trying but the mountain was too high to climb.
WEBMASTER MOTM - most of the team gave OK performances but the stand out player was debutant Grant Allott - well done sir.
The boys need to pick themselves up quickly as we play Chasetown at home on Bank Holiday Monday, kick off 3pm. See you there