Bolehall Swifts were looking to build on their bank holiday win against Inkberrow and came up against at quality Coventry Alvis team at Rene Road yesterday afternoon. The Swifts have had a challenging start to the season with four points from four matches coming into this match.
Despite the challenging bank holiday weekend, Coventry Alvis had played well throughout August and were competing near the top of the division before losing to Hampton on Monday. The visitors were looking to regain the momentum they had in their first four matches where they picked up nine points and were looking to get a result and push up the table.
The weather prior to kick off in Tamworth was clear and sunny. The conditions were excellent for a football match, and it never rained once throughout the afternoon. The atmosphere at the club was friendly and welcoming before the match and the clubhouse looked excellent. There was a notable contingent of away supporters who made the journey to Rene Road which was commendable.
Starting Line ups
The starting line up for Bolehall included Euan Shaw starting in goal and Lewis Miller leading the team as the skipper and playing alongside Reece Beacon in central defence. The formation for the Swifts looked like a 4-4-2 with the front two being David Yonwin and Ryan McEvoy.
They were supported on the wings by Toby Hullard and Marcus Mollison and Luke Alsop played in the holding midfield role. There were four changes from the team that started against Inkberrow with Joe Edwards coming into the team and playing in midfield.
Coventry Alvis’s starting line up featured Zach Sutton starting in goal for the visitors with left back Cameron Welch leading the team as the skipper. The formation looked like a 4-3-3 for Alvis with Kieron Martin playing as the number nine and being supported by Jack Low and Elliot Edwards on the wings.
Jacob Dodds played in the holding midfield role and Joe Kingswell and Abdul-Aziz Muhammed played in central defence. There were five changes from the team that started against Hampton on Monday with Kyle Jaynes coming into the team and playing in midfield.
Coventry Alvis got off to a great start early on and managed to take the lead in the 1st minute from a corner. A well delivered corner went to the back post where Kyle Jaynes headed the ball on target and into the net to give Alvis the lead. This helped the visitors settle into the match. They played well throughout the first half and were passing the ball effectively throughout the pitch. Elliott Edwards got into a good position in the 4th minute and had a shot that was well saved by Euan Shaw to keep Bolehall in the match.
Bolehall grew into the match as the first half went on and had a few notable chances that were well blocked by the Alvis defence. Toby Hullard was impressing on the right for the Swifts and was trying to make things happen. He got into a good position before having a shot blocked in the 20th minute.
This proved crucial as Coventry Alvis managed to take control of the match in the 23rd minute and open a two-goal lead. Bolehall got caught playing out from the back and Jack Low was on hand to capitalise and put the ball in the net for the visitors. This was unfortunate as Bolehall were starting to get a foothold in the game and were creating a few chances before the mistake at the back.
Coventry Alvis had a few chances later in the first half to make it 3-0 and Elliot Edwards had a good shot that was saved by Euan Shaw for a corner in the 30th minute. Bolehall had a late chance at the end of the half to make it 2-1 with Toby Hullard working the ball well and getting a shot off that was blocked by the Alvis defence.
Bolehall had a bit more momentum going forward in the second half and were creating a number of good opportunities to get back into the match early in the half. The midfield and attack were starting to click more, and the Swifts looked more threatening in front of goal.
Ash Brown linked up well with Toby Hullard on the right with the latter crossing for David Yonwin who had a good header hit the post for Bolehall in the 50th minute. The Swifts looked a bit sharper on the ball throughout the second half and substitute Nathan Vale got into a good position before having a shot that went over the bar in the 73rd minute.
Just as Bolehall were developing a bit of rhythm in the final third and looking to get something from the match, Alvis caught the hosts on the counterattack to effectively seal the match. A well-played ball to Jack Low on the right put the winger through on goal where he was fouled by Tyler Douglas in the 74th minute to concede a penalty. Elliott Edwards calmly took the penalty and finished well into the bottom right corner to make it 3-0 and effectively give Alvis the three points.
The visitors struck late on to make it 4-0 with the ball falling to Jack Low in the box who finished well into the bottom left corner of the net. The match ended without much incident, but Bolehall kept working hard to create opportunities in front of goal. The referee blew for the full-time whistle, and it finished Bolehall Swifts 0-4 Coventry Alvis.
Despite the defeat there were a few encouraging signs from Bolehall which should give Swifts supporters hope. The way the team responded in the second half was a huge positive and showed a bit of character to try and get back into the match. They created some good opportunities early in the second half and were a bit unlucky with some of them.
Reece Beacon had a good game from the back and was making key clearances to stop promising Coventry Alvis attacks throughout. Toby Hullard played well on the wing. He was positive on the ball and ran at defenders when given the opportunity. Luke Alsop also played well in holding midfield and offered a bit of composure on the ball to get attacks going. Overall, it’s a new squad and it might take a bit of time before things start to click in a really competitive division this season.
Coventry Alvis put in an impressive performance and controlled the game well from being 2-0 up and managed to see through moments of Bolehall pressure throughout. Both Elliot Edwards and Jack Low looked effective on the wings and offered the team a lot of pace going forward. Jacob Dodds played well in holding midfield. He was linking up the play to build attacks and give the visitors a way of settling into the match.
Cameron Welch had an underrated game from left-back and made some key tackles to stop promising Bolehall attacks and looked solid defensively. Substitute Kieran Baker played well from central defence throughout the second half and was reading situations well. He performed admirably in place of Abdul-Aziz Muhammed who was excellent at the back throughout the first half before pulling up with an injury at half-time.
Overall, the visitors are capable of competing near the top of the division this season. They looked really good in this match both going forward and at the back. They also looked organised both on and off the ball.
Both teams look set for exciting seasons in Division Two and both are worth following from now until the end of the season.
FT Score: Bolehall Swifts 0-4 Coventry Alvis
Man of the Match: Jack Low
Match report written by Rhys Beardmore for the Midland Football League
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