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GALLERY: Spot-on Alcester Town beat AFC Coventry Rangers on penalties to reach Post Covid Lockdown Charity Cup final





HERALD photographer Mark Williamson was at the Stratford Road Ground on Saturday to capture all the action from Alcester Town's semi-final clash against AFC Coventry Rangers in the Post Covid Lockdown Charity Cup.

Action from the game between Alcester Town and AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7587
Action from the game between Alcester Town and AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7587

After the two sides were locked at 2-2 after 90 minutes, the Romans prevailed 4-3 in the shoot-out to book their place in the final where they will meet Coventrians, who won 5-4 on penalties in their tie against Knowle after both sides drew 0-0.

Connoll Farrell opened the scoring for Rangers who looked to be heading into the break with a 1-0 lead, but the Romans had other ideas and Ross Dempster levelled things up when he headed in from a free-kick.

Action from the game between Alcester Town and AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7582
Action from the game between Alcester Town and AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7582

Farrell bagged his and Rangers' second goal when he latched on to a flick-on before racing clear and firing past the advancing Gabriel Bajrami.

But Town hit back once again when a short corner routine ended with substitute Reece Jacobs lashing in after Connor Deards couldn't quite reach the initial cross.

Action from the game between Alcester Town and AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7584
Action from the game between Alcester Town and AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7584

With no further goals arriving, it would be penalties to decide who would go through to the final.

Town keeper Bajrami proved to be the hero, saving two penalties to help his side secure a 4-3 shoot-out victory and a place in the final.

Action from the game between Alcester Town and AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7588
Action from the game between Alcester Town and AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7588
Action from the game between Alcester Town and AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7593
Action from the game between Alcester Town and AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7593
Action from the game between Alcester Town and AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7598
Action from the game between Alcester Town and AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7598
Action from the game between Alcester Town and AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7601
Action from the game between Alcester Town and AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7601
Action from the game between Alcester Town and AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7605
Action from the game between Alcester Town and AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7605
The Alcester Town dugout. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7612
The Alcester Town dugout. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7612
Action from the game between Alcester Town and AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7616
Action from the game between Alcester Town and AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7616
Action from the game between Alcester Town and AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7617
Action from the game between Alcester Town and AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7617
Action from the game between Alcester Town and AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7619
Action from the game between Alcester Town and AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7619
Action from the game between Alcester Town and AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7620
Action from the game between Alcester Town and AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday. Photo: Mark Williamson F18/6/21/7620


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