MANAGER Dean Holtham admits he’s not surprised Alvechurch’s young guns are doing so well.

The Churchmen maintained their excellent form over the last seven days with two impressive results.

They stunned Southern League Premier outfit Leamington last week to win 3-1 and progress into the next round of the Birmingham Senior Cup thanks to a brace for Jazz Luckie and one for Omari Sterling-James.

That has set-up a mouthwatering second round home clash against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday, November 28 (7.30pm ko).

Luckie was also on the scoresheet on Saturday as Alvechurch edged out Loughborough University 1-0.

That means the Lye Meadow outfit have lost just once in the last six games.

Holtham said: “I’ve always thought that if you’re good enough it doesn’t matter how young you are.

“I was also confident the players had the ability and they’ve got to keep up their good form. I’ve said to the players that Wolverhampton will be favourites but like us they will put out a young team and anything can happen.”

Since arriving at the club as part of the deal to link up with Birmingham City’s development scheme in August, Holtham has drafted in a host of young players and seen many of the old squad depart.

Keeper Liam Maher was the hero for Alvechurch with penalty saves in both the Leamington and Loughborough clashes.

The young shot-stopper has edged ahead of Richard Taylor as first choice custodian.

Taylor is expected to remain at the club, despite a seven-day approach from Earlswood a fortnight ago.

Holtham added: “Liam has taken his chance and he’s doing very well.

“Richard missed a game because of work and Liam came in and played well. I’ve told Richard that we don’t want him to go but it was up to him.”

Alvechurch host Tipton, the side directly below them, on Saturday (3pm ko).