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Church power past Reds in Birmingham Senior Cup

Liam Moakes 21st Sep, 2017 Updated: 21st Sep, 2017

ALVECHURCH booked their place in the last 16 of the Birmingham Senior Cup with a 3-0 victory over higher ranked neighbours Redditch United at Lye Meadow on Tuesday.

A quickfire brace from Luke Yates just after the half hour mark got Ian Long’s men off to a flying start and Nathan Waite then rounded off the scoring in the 61st minute as the Churchmen knocked out their Southern League Premier visitors.

Victory in the county cup came after Saturday’s thrilling 4-3 FA Cup second qualifying round victory at Northern Premier League high-flyers Grantham Town.

Babucar Sauane gave the visitors the lead after just 45 seconds and a Josh March penalty doubled Church’s lead before Grantham skipper Stefan Galinski reduced the hosts’ arrears after 43 minutes.

However, in first half stoppage time March netted his second to restore his side’s two-goal advantage.

Rhys Lewis pulled another goal back for Town with 15 minutes to go but the tie looked to dead and buried ten minutes later when Yates grabbed a fourth goal for Long’s men.

An Ash Carter own goal set up a tense finish in injury time but Church held on to progress into the third qualifying round, in which they will visit another higher ranked opponent in the shape of Northern Premier outfit Buxton on September 30.

Fourth placed Church, who have this week seen striker Luke Keen depart, entertain Stamford on Saturday in Northern League Division One South.

STUDLEY conceded right at the death as they bowed out of the Polymac Packaging League Cup in a 2-1 defeat to fellow Midland League Division One side Racing Club Warwick.

The Bees had taken the lead in the 78th minute at Hampton Road on Tuesday but within a minute the score was level when Michael Ellis found the back of the net.

Then, in the sixth minute of stoppage time, Warwick secured the winner thanks to substitute Luke Church.

The defeat for Keith Draper’s Bees followed their 3-0 league victory at Chelmsley Town on Saturday which cemented top spot.

Chris Cowley, Matthew Powell and Andy Nicol were on target in the win, which leaves the Bees with a highly impressive 22 points from nine games.

Studley welcome Hanley Town to the Beehive on Saturday for an FA Vase second qualifying round tie before playing host to Lye Town in the Worcestershire Senior Urn on Tuesday (7.45pm), subject to any Vase replay.

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