3rd Dec, 2016

Alcester boss James Robbins delighted with Solihull comeback

Stratford Editorial 18th Dec, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

PLAYER-MANAGER James Robbins saluted Alcester Town’s character after recovering from a 2-0 deficit to record a third win in a row.

Town hot-shot Matt Layton scored a third hat-trick in successive games to steer Alcester to a 7-2 win at home against AFC Solihull in Midland League Division Three.

Basement side AFC Solihull stunned the Stratford Road hosts when they grabbed two early goals, but Town recovered to 2-2 by half-time and then smashed five goals to make it five leagues wins out the past seven.

Robbins said: “I was disappointed to concede the two goals and go behind but we were always confident we will score goals against any opponent.

“The lads showed great character and with the wind we absolutely dominated the second half.

“I feel we could have been a little bit more patient with our play at times but it’s all credit to the lads for winning by such a margin again. We are in decent form at the moment.”

It was Solihull, though, who had the better start with a stunning free-kick flashing past keeper Ben Goode to take the lead and then the wind took hold of an inswinging corner to find the corner of the net.

Layton began the fight back, slotting home a simple chance after Robbie Davies broke clear.

Layton then raced clear, only to be caught by the Solihull captain who was red-carded. The Alcester striker’s curling free-kick made it 2-2.

Matt Trinder bagged his fifth goal in only his third start for the club to fire them ahead after the break.

Further goals from Nick Dance, and Robbins extended the lead before Layton sealed his treble from the penalty spot. Midfielder John Beacham rounded off the scoring.