Manager rues mistakes as Churchmen hit for six

First published in Local Sport

ALVECHURCH were hit for six on Saturday as they went down to in-form Westfields 6-1 in the Midland Alliance.

The Churchmen were shot down by goals for Jamie Cuss, Sam Gwynne, Richard Kear, Craig Jones (2) and Dene Whitall-Williams.

They had been trailing 4-0 at the break but rallied in the second-half and saw captain Scott Smith hit the back of the net.

Defeat, their biggest of the season, was their second in three games.

Manager Dean Holtham said: “I can’t say the word for how bad we were.

“We made far too many individual errors and paid the price for it.

“In some respects, I do think this defeat will do us some good.

“It will bring the players back down to Earth.

“We’ve got Coventry on Saturday and we could lose again if we repeat those mistakes.”

Defeat at Westfield was in sharp contrast to last Tuesday, when goals for Ryan Edmunds, Jazz Luckie, Jamie Spencer and Liam Spink saw them defeat Ellesmere Rangers 4-2.

The Lye Meadow outfit will be looking to bounce back at home to mid-table rivals Coventry Sphinx on Saturday (3pm ko).

Alvechurch’s young guns then tackle what is set to be a youthful Wolverhampton Wanderers line-up in the Birmingham Senior Cup second round on Tuesday (7.30pm ko).

The manager added: “I will be glad to play the Wolves game as it is a distraction.”

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