Football
Alvechurch continue to climb the table

By Liam Moakes Thursday 04 October 2012 Updated: 10/10 18:58

ALVECHURCH secured their third successive Midland Alliance victory as they powered to a 4-1 win over visitors Coleshill Town at Lye Meadow on Saturday.

However, Dean Holtham's side were eliminated from the Polymac Packaging League Cup at the first round stage as a talented Westfields side returned to Herefordshire with a 3-2 victory on Tuesday.

Alvechurch now head to high-flying Rocester in the league tomorrow before entertaining in-form Stourport Swifts in the first round of the Worcestershire Senior Urn on Tuesday.

Westfields won a thrilling League Cup tie as an 80th minute strike from Craig Jones ensured their progress.

The visitors took an eighth minute lead through Tom Sparey but Omari Sterling-James levelled in the 14th minute and the hosts were in front by the break thanks to a 36th minute penalty from Ryan Edmunds.

The prolific Jamie Cuss headed home from six yards to restore parity shortly after the restart, prompting an Alvechurch rally which forced visiting keeper Matt Gwynne into fine saves at point-blank range.

Jones then struck the Alvechurch crossbar with a fierce free kick before bagging the winner from 12 yards after good approach work by Aidan Thomas.

On Saturday Alvechurch moved up to tenth in the table with a fine victory over a physical Coleshill side who caused problems for the hosts in the early stages.

Coleshill made a flying start and had a goal ruled out for offside in the first minute before taking a fourth minute lead when Carter powered through the home defence before firing a cross-cum-shot in at the near post via a deflection off keeper Liam Maher.

The home side gradually fought their way into the contest but missed a fine chance to level in the 27th minute when Joe Wright shot wide when one-on-one with the keeper.

Wright made amends six minutes later when his assist set up Sterling-James to convert from the edge of the box and by now Alvechurch were in command of the flow of the game.

The goal of the came arrived on 37 minutes when Edmunds rifled an unstoppable 30-yard free kick into the top left corner of the goal, leaving Coleshill keeper Conlan motionless.

Liam Spink's long range drive flashed a whisker wide but it was 3-1 in the 41st minute when Conlan completely missed a straightforward back pass, allowing Tristian Dunkley to pounce and slot the ball into an empty net.

Sterling-James, Spink and Adam Humphries all came close to further goals in the second half before the points were sealed 15 minutes from time when Dunkley's effort was diverted powerfully into the net via the head of Humphries.

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