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Earlswood Town brushed aside by Coventry Alvis in Midland League Division Two opener

THERE was little to cheer for Earlswood Town on the opening day of the Midland League Division Two season on Saturday, as they suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of visiting Coventry Alvis.

Striker Joel Hughes earned the Earls their penalty.
Striker Joel Hughes earned the Earls their penalty.

The Earls were slow out of the blocks and they fell behind in the 37th minute when Alvis winger Joe Blowers’ effort from outside the box deflected off the head of player-manager Tom Reynolds and into the back of the net, completely wrong-footing new goalkeeper Ian Wale.

After the break the Earls came out with more purpose and were immediately on the front foot, but against the run of play Alvis made it 2-0 in the 54th minute when a mix up in the defence between Ryan Frogatt and Wale allowed Kyle Jaynes to nip in and finish into an empty net.

Three minutes later the home side had a chance to pull a goal back when Joel Hughes was brought down in the penalty area by Alvis goalkeeper Matteo Ninna. John Palmer subsequently converted from 12 yards out to give the Earls some hope.

However, the visitors restored their two-goal advantage with 25 minutes remaining from a swift counter-attack. After Hamer saw his one-on-one effort saved, Alvis raced up the other end and the ball found its way to Blowers who curled the ball home into the bottom corner from inside the box.

This was a hammer blow for the hosts who continued to press in a bid to get back into the game, but the match was put to bed in the 88th minute.

A contentious penalty was awarded to the visitors which led to Reynolds sent to the sin bin for his protests.

Although Jaynes saw his spot-kick saved, substitute Mason Williams reacted quickest to prod home the rebound to cap off a miserable day for the hosts.

The Earls welcome Alcester Town to The Pavilions on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

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