FOOTBALL - Earlswood Town beaten by Alcester - The Stratford Observer

FOOTBALL - Earlswood Town beaten by Alcester

Stratford Editorial 19th Apr, 2024 Updated: 19th Apr, 2024   0

EARLSWOOD Town failed to replicate their successful start to the week after losing 4-1 against a strong Alcester Town side.

A late Louis Bridges goal proved in vain after a pair of clinical finishes from Daniel Wood and Daniel Sutton ensured Alcester went home with the points at Highgate United’s Tythe Barn Lane ground.

The defeat means The Earls remain 12th in the Midland Football League Division Two table, five points clear of the relegation zone with five games in hand on 15th-placed Fairfield Villa.

With five games left to play in April in just under two weeks, the Earls will hope to be out of the relegation battle they find themselves in, come the final four games in May.

It’s been less than 48 hours since the relentless Earls’ last home fixture. They kick-started their week with a 2-1 victory over Fairfield Villa on Tuesday, thanks to a brace from winger Harry Street.

Despite a strong start from the Earls the visitors opened the scoring when an unmarked Wood looped a header over the returning Harry Paterson from around the penalty spot.

And Wood doubled his tally for the game soon after when he rifled home after a trio of goalline clearances.

Alcester stretched their lead 10 minutes after half time as Sutton finished on the rebound after Paterson kept out Wood’s initial effort.

The Earls reduced the deficit on 77 minutes when he collected a stray goal kick and coolly finished at the second attempt.

However, Alcester completed the scoring as Sutton grabbed his second of the game with a composed effort from the edge of the penalty area.

Earlswood are next in action against AFC Coventry Rangers on Saturday, April 20 with kick-off at 3pm at Highgate’s Tythe Barn Lane ground.


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