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Holtham makes case for the defence
3:00pm Wednesday 3rd October 2012 in Sport
ALVECHURCH boss Dean Holtham watched his side fire four past Coleshill Town but was more pleased with his side’s defensive qualities.
After coming through a testing start, the Churchmen were too strong as goals for Omari Sterling-James, Ryan Edmunds, Tristian Dunkley and Adam Humphries saw them storm from behind to win 4-1 in Midland Alliance.
While the manager was happy with his side’s goal tally, which made it 10 in two games, it was the levels of concentration at the back in the final few minutes which most pleased him.
He said: “Coleshill were bigger than us and at first it took us a while to get used to that.
“They hit the woodwork and had a goal disallowed but once we scored we settled into the match.
“The goals were great and Ryan Edmunds’ 30-yard free-kick was fantastic.
“But I was really pleased that we did not concede a goal in the second-half and in the final 20 minutes looked alert.
“We’ve fallen asleep at times but the team kept going for the entire match.”
It’s been a busy month since Holtham took the hot-seat as part of Alvechurch’s link-up with Birmingham City’s development scheme.
During that period, some players have moved on while Holtham has brought in a host of younger players as well as experienced former Birmingham defender Ian Clarkson.
His biggest setback 3-2 loss to Walsall Wood in the FA Vase a fortnight ago but they have won three out of four Midland Alliance matches since Holtham took charge.
Holtham said: “We’ve been trying to link-up with a non-league club for 12 years but clubs don’t like to give young players a chance.
“The players we’ve brought in haven’t been fazed by the step into the senior leagues.
“Our aim is to get the club back to where it was 15 years ago.”
Last night, the Churchmen exited the Polymac League Cup with a 3-2 loss to Westfields, despite goals for Sterling-James and Edmunds.
Alvechurch go to Rocester in the league on Saturday (3pm ko).