Church hoping to spark Vase run

Church hoping to spark Vase run

Church hoping to spark Vase run

First published in Sport

NEW Alvechurch manager Lee Adams wants an exciting run in the FA Vase.

Church go to Lichfield City in the First Qualifying Round (3pm ko) on Saturday and the man in the hot-seat is well aware of the buzz a run in this competition can generate.

He guided former club Studley to the last 16, where they were beaten 3-0 by eventual 2007-08 winners FC Fylde.

Victory would also make up for the Lye Meadow outfit's defeat in the FA Cup, a result which prompted Ross Thorpe to resign as boss.

Adams said: "The run I had with Studley to the last 16 was fantastic, it created a huge buzz around the club.

"We'd love to do that again and go on a run.

"I am disappointed we are not in the FA Cup because the prize money is very good.

"Winning the first game would have made the club £1,500 which would have made the chairman happy."

Saturday's clash in Lichfield will be his first match officially at the helm. Adams missed the wins at Rocester and Westfields while on holiday and let assistant Lee Knight take the reins for Saturday's 0-0 home draw with Lye, although he kept a watchful eye on the team.

He said: "Lee gave me some excellent reports of the players from the first two games but I think they were a bit anxious on Saturday because it was my first game at the club.

"We didn't play well but we got a point and I was pleased that despite not being at our best we got something from the game."

Adams is also to assess the squad but has drafted in highly experienced midfielder and son Joe as well as promising Feckenham centre back James Walker.

The Alvechurch manager said: "I will do my best to give everybody in the squad a chance.

"There are a lot of young players and I have to be honest and say that some players might feel they did not get a chance to prove themselves.

"I always try to be up front and honest and I am sorry about that but football is a result driven business.

"Joe has played a lot of games at Studley, Stourport, Redditch and Highgate for a young lad while James is someone who caught my eye playing Sunday League football."

Dale Edwards and Kyle Morris both miss Saturday's Vase clash because of holidays.

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