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Alvechurch 1sts - Match centre

Hitchin Town
T Tonks (38'), A Lloyd (45'), J March (77')
Full time
S Belgrove (72')
Sat 30 Mar 15:00 - The Evo-Stik South - Premier Division Central

Alvechurch 3-1 Hitchin Town


Church bounce back

Alvechurch bounced back from Tuesday's defeat to Barwell with a win over Hitchin Town, which kept them in the play-off places.

Manager Ian Long will be happy with the three points especially considering how poorly they started the game. New signing James Roberts was put straight into the starting eleven, but Hitchin impressively stopped Church playing their usual way leading to the home side giving away the ball a bit loosely in the first twenty minutes.

The first chance of the game came after 25 minutes. Alvechurch failed to clear a lose ball allowing Issac Galliford to burst into the box and hit the crossbar with a fierce strike. This seemed to have woke Alvechurch up as they responded almost instantly. Good chasing from Josh March allowed him to play the ball across goal to Roberts but he fired wide of the goal.

Hitchin then hit the crossbar again, when a corner was flicked on by Dan Webb. This miss proved crucial as Alvechurch took the lead soon after. March again did well to not only keep the ball in play, but to find a cross to Tom Tonks who headed in his second goal in three games.

March then raced through on goal but could only stab wide as Alvechurch began to find their rhythm. In first half added time they doubled their lead. Tonks long throw-in found March who flicked it back to Aaron Llyod to score.

Alvechurch started off the second half quickly creating a good move which ended with Zack Foster firing over the crossbar. Roberts then made a strong run but saw his shot easily saved by Hitchin keeper Michael Johnson.

Hitchin were then denied a goal by a brilliant double save from Dan Crane in the Alvechurch goal; who firstly saved Galliford's free-kick then got up quickly to deny John Bickerstaff.

Crane however, was powerless to stop Scott Belgrove slotting in after he was played through by Galliford. Church responded well however, re-gaining their two goal lead five minutes later. Tom Turton's free-kick found March who poked home to seal the win for Alvechurch.

With another three points on the table Alvechurch will be looking to add to that when they play Leiston at home on Tuesday.

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Key moments

Goal Tom Tonks scores for Alvechurch
Goal Aaron Lloyd scores for Alvechurch
Goal Scott Belgrove scores for Hitchin Town
Goal Josh March scores for Alvechurch


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90:00 Sub On
Rahis Nabi is substituted on for Alvechurch
90:00 Sub Off
Tom Tonks is substituted off for Alvechurch
84:00 Yellow Card
James Roberts is yellow carded for Alvechurch
82:00 Sub Off
Josh March is substituted off for Alvechurch
82:00 Sub On
Mitch Botfield is substituted on for Alvechurch
77:00 Goal 3 - 1
Josh March scores for Alvechurch
76:00 Yellow Card
Edwin Mensah is yellow carded for Hitchin Town
72:00 Goal 2 - 1
Scott Belgrove scores for Hitchin Town
70:00 Yellow Card
Tom Tonks is yellow carded for Alvechurch
57:00 Sub On
Jack Green is substituted on for Hitchin Town
57:00 Sub Off
Max Ryan is substituted off for Hitchin Town
45:00 Goal 2 - 0
Aaron Lloyd scores for Alvechurch
End of period 1
44:00 Sub Off
Lewis Ferrell is substituted off for Hitchin Town
44:00 Sub On
Edwin Mensah is substituted on for Hitchin Town
38:00 Goal 1 - 0
Tom Tonks scores for Alvechurch
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Alvechurch
  • Hitchin Town
  • 0
  • Tom Tonks Goal 38:00'
  • Edwin Mensah Sub On 44:00'
  • Lewis Ferrell Sub Off 44:00'
  • Aaron Lloyd Goal 45:00'
  • Jack Green Sub On 57:00'
  • Max Ryan Sub Off 57:00'
  • Tom Tonks Yellow Card 70:00'
  • Scott Belgrove Goal 72:00'
  • Edwin Mensah Yellow Card 76:00'
  • Josh March Goal 77:00'
  • Mitch Botfield Sub On 82:00'
  • Josh March Sub Off 82:00'
  • James Roberts Yellow Card 84:00'
  • Rahis Nabi Sub On 90:00'
  • Tom Tonks Sub Off 90:00'

Team selection

Hitchin Town
  • 1. Michael Johnson
  • 2. Max Ryan
  • 3. Alex Anderson
  • 4. Jay Dowie
  • 5. Dan Webb
  • 6. Lewis Ferrell
  • 7. Michael Cain
  • 8. Scott Belgrove
  • 9. Ezra Forde
  • 10. Issac Galliford
  • 11. John Bickerstaff
  • 12. Jack Green
  • 14. Edwin Mensah
  • 15. Al-Amin Kazeem
  • 16. Jack Thomas
  • 17. Charlie Thake

League round up

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Kettering Town 42 94
2. King's Lynn Town 42 80
3. Stourbridge 42 78
4. Alvechurch 42 73
5. Stratford Town 42 72
6. Coalville Town 42 67
7. Biggleswade Town 42 66

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