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Gill injury tempers Churchmen’s progress
12:11pm Thursday 26th September 2013 in Sport
ALVECHURCH suffered a blow when Craig Gill limped out of last Saturday’s 4-1 defeat of Eccleshall in the FA Vase.
The defender damaged ankle ligaments and missed last night’s League Cup tie at home to Boldmere St Michaels, is out of Saturday’s home clash with rock-bottom Continental Star and is a doubt for next Tuesday’s Birmingham Senior Cup encounter with Stourbridge.
The injury took the shine of a comprehensive win for Dean Holtham’s Midland Alliance promotion hopefuls and he also has several players missing this weekend due to work commitments as they look to narrow Highgate United’s six point cushion at the top.
“We did OK in the first period but missed chances, but in the second they hardly got out of their half.
“We scored three but it could have been more.”
Overall though Holtham is pleased with his young charges.
He added: “Star have yet to win a game and will be looking for that first win but I won’t be taking it for granted and hopefully the players won’t either.
“I’ve told them football is as easy a game as you want to make it — the harder you work the easier it is.
“We’ve come unstuck against the Black Country sides but the attitude overall has been very good.”
Scott Smith headed Alvechurch in front and after Eccleshall levelled Joe Holtham put them back in front before Joe Wright scored twice to wrap up the win and atrip to Bartley Green in the first round proper.
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