Early Exit From Birmingham Senior Cup
Much changed side fall to 3 - 0 defeat
Two goals from teenager Luke Yates helped steer neighbours Alvechurch through to the next round of the Birmingham Senior Cup as we slumped out of a second cup competition in four days.
Nathan Waite also scored for the home side while our best effort fell to Arjun Jung early in the second half only for the midfielder to hit the post.
Manager Darren Byfield made seven changes to the side that lost to Stratford in the FA Cup with Gowan Stares, Kyle Belmonte and Eliken Amenku starting their first games for the Reds and Belmonte soon made his mark, picking up a yellow card inside ten minutes for his challenge on Church winger Yusifu Ceesay.
The home side went close when former Redditch midfielder Javia Roberts drilled an effort into the side netting midway through the first half.
But it was Yates who put the hosts firmly in control with two goals in three minutes. He scored the opener on 34 minutes with a delicate chip over advancing keeper Ethan Ross after Nathan Waite had headed on a long ball forward.
And Yates was on hand again to turn in a Roberts cross that whipped across the area to where the youngster was lurking at the far post.
Gui Mailancol did hit a shot just wide late in the half and once Jung had been denied by the upright three minutes into the second period, there looked to be no way back.
Church wrapped up the win on 61 minutes, Ceesay doing well on the left before rolling the ball inside. United skipper Marcel Simpson failed to clear and Waite took advantage by finding the bottom left-hand corner of Ross’ goal.
We continued to play some attractive football in midfield and McKauley Manning deserved credit for his tireless work down the right.
But at the end of the day, Church eased through with a convincing win and home keeper Paul Evans saw out the game without having to make a save.
Reds MoM: McKauley Manning