FOOTBALL - Alvechurch secure safety with derby win against Bromsgrove Sporting - The Bromsgrove Standard

FOOTBALL - Alvechurch secure safety with derby win against Bromsgrove Sporting

Bromsgrove Editorial 8th Apr, 2024 Updated: 11th Apr, 2024   0

JAMES Fry admitted it has been a ‘rollercoaster’ season for his side after Alvechurch secured their league status with a 1-0 derby win against Bromsgrove Sporting.

Fry successfully guided Alvechurch to safety after Dylan Hadley’s stunning goal earned Church the bragging rights against Bromsgrove at Lye Meadow.

And with Church to face Evesham United in the Worcestershire Senior Cup final on Wednesday, April 10, Fry insists the club still have objectives to achieve this season.

Fry said: “It was a poor game quality-wise, it was decided by a moment of quality, we defended our box really well, it’s about what you do in either box in this league.

“We’re in a good position in terms of safety, we just needed to get over the line, we’re over the line now.

“The biggest thing I’ve learnt since coming into management is I need the bench, I need them just as much as the boys starting on the pitch, I need those options, they are just as valuable to me.

“We’ve still got one objective within the group that we want to achieve, we’ve got the Cup final which would be nice to win for the football club, it’s been a rollercoaster of a season as a whole.”

The Rouslers missed the chance to secure their own Southern League Premier Central status with Sporting seven points clear of the relegation zone with three games left to play.

And Bromsgrove boss Flowers felt his side wasted a number of chances to seal the points in the first half ahead of a crunch clash with relegation rivals AFC Sudbury this weekend.

Flowers said: “We absolutely penned them in in the first half, we missed chance after chance to come in two or three up and got punished.

“We send a lad who is right-footed inside off the left and let him shoot – do not let right or left-footed players cut in and shoot, send them down the alley.

“We’re guilty of not putting them to sleep because we buried them in the first half and the second half was just a pure scrap.

“I’m irritated because I’m saying the same things to the players, alarm bells are ringing in my head, we find a way to land on the wrong side of the fine line between winning and losing.

“That tells me we’re soft, next week is a World Cup final for us, it’s a big game with Sudbury coming to town, we need to be ready and treating it like it’s the ultimate game for us.”

The game’s only goal came on 48 minutes as Hadley cut in from the left before curling a sensational effort into the top right corner.

Alvechurch travel to Evesham for the Senior Cup final on Wednesday, April 10 with kick-off at 7.45pm at the the Spiers and Hartwell Stadium.

Bromsgrove also host Sudbury on Saturday, April 13 with kick-off at 3pm at the Victoria Ground.

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