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Sat 11 Aug 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division Central Full time Attendance 177

Alvechurch 0-0 Royston Town FC

Alvechurch draw opening game of the season

Alvechurch's first game at step 3 level in over forty years ended with a battling draw against Royston Town.

In a physical game, Ian Long's side showed good organisation and matched their opponent's well for a deserved opening day point; but nearly took all three thanks to a superb late effort from Aaron Llyod.

The games started off how it meant to go on, with the ball being competed heavily in midfield and both sides only being able to create half-chances; which saw Tom Turton fire a free-kick wide and Royston players James Potton and Bradley Bell fire off target.

In fact the first real chance didn't come until near the end of the first half, when Llyod's header from a Josh Ezewele cross hit the bar. Immediately after this the visitors hit Church on a counter attack, which required a brilliant last ditch tackle from Mitch Botfield to deny Martell Powell a goal.

The second half followed the same pattern of the first, although both sides did threaten more in an attacking sense. Church keeper Charlie Price was on hand to deny Bell, before Royston forward Adam Murray had a goal ruled out for offside. Long's side though got a hold of the game as it went on and were denied a strong penalty appeal when Josh March went down in the box; before Kieran Cook fired wide.

The score-line set up a nervy ending but it was nearly the dream one for Alvechurch, as the ball fell to Llyod on the edge of the box; but his volley flew just wide of the post.

Despite this a draw was a fair result, and Alvechurch were good value for their point. They face tough opposition on Tuesday against recently relegated Tamworth, but will go into the game full of confidence.

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83:00 Sub Off
Jamie Willets is substituted off for Alvechurch
83:00 Sub On
Jonathan Onyeaka is substituted on for Alvechurch
83:00 Yellow Card
Jamie Willets is yellow carded for Alvechurch
80:00 Yellow Card
Kieran Cook is yellow carded for Alvechurch
75:00 Yellow Card
Theo Llewellyn is yellow carded for Alvechurch
72:00 Sub On
Chris Assombalonga is substituted on for Royston Town
72:00 Sub Off
Ben Martin is substituted off for Royston Town
72:00 Sub On
Josh Castiglione is substituted on for Royston Town
72:00 Sub Off
Rohdell Gordon is substituted off for Royston Town
69:00 Sub Off
Danny O'Callaghan is substituted off for Alvechurch
69:00 Sub On
Theo Llewellyn is substituted on for Alvechurch
62:00 Sub Off
Luke Yates is substituted off for Alvechurch
62:00 Sub On
Kieran Cook is substituted on for Alvechurch
60:00 Sub Off
Bradley Bell is substituted off for Royston Town
60:00 Sub On
Vance Bola is substituted on for Royston Town
End of period 1
44:00 Yellow Card
Rohdell Gordon is yellow carded for Royston Town
18:00 Yellow Card
Bradley Bell is yellow carded for Royston Town
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As it happened

  • Alvechurch
  • Royston Town
  • 0
  • Bradley Bell Yellow Card 18:00'
  • Rohdell Gordon Yellow Card 44:00'
  • Bradley Bell Sub Off 60:00'
  • Vance Bola Sub On 60:00'
  • Kieran Cook Sub On 62:00'
  • Luke Yates Sub Off 62:00'
  • Danny O'Callaghan Sub Off 69:00'
  • Theo Llewellyn Sub On 69:00'
  • Chris Assombalonga Sub On 72:00'
  • Ben Martin Sub Off 72:00'
  • Josh Castiglione Sub On 72:00'
  • Rohdell Gordon Sub Off 72:00'
  • Theo Llewellyn Yellow Card 75:00'
  • Kieran Cook Yellow Card 80:00'
  • Jamie Willets Yellow Card 83:00'
  • Jonathan Onyeaka Sub On 83:00'
  • Jamie Willets Sub Off 83:00'

Team selection

Royston Town
  • 1. Will Appleyard
  • 2. Gus Scott-Morris
  • 3. Jordan Norville-Williams
  • 4. Scott Thomas
  • 5. Ben Martin
  • 6. Dan Brathwaite
  • 7. Bradley Bell
  • 8. Martel Powell
  • 9. Adam Murray
  • 10. James Potton
  • 11. Rohdell Gordon
  • 12. Jhai Dhilion
  • 14. Chris Assombalonga
  • 15. Josh Castiglione
  • 16. George Casey
  • 17. Vance Bola

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
7. AFC Rushden & Diamonds 25 39
8. Coalville Town 22 39
9. Alvechurch 24 39
10. Leiston 25 37
11. Banbury United 26 36
12. St Ives Town 25 33
13. Royston Town 24 32

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