IAN LONG has urged Alvechurch to get their bitter Hereford disappointment ‘out of our system’ by lifting the Worcestershire Senior Urn tomorrow night (Wednesday).
After their 2-1 defeat to title rivals Hereford on Thursday, Alvechurch boss Long believes the Midland League Premier Division crown is now the Bulls’ to lose.
However, the cup final against neighbours Bromsgrove Sporting at Evesham United’s Spiers & Hartwell Jubilee Stadium provides the chance to bounce back with silverware.
“Last Thursday’s defeat to Hereford really hurt and it will take me a good while to get over,” said Long.
“I think that’s ended our chances with Hereford four points clear.
“But we’ve got a cup final to look forward to. There will be a big crowd, a derby and with silverware up for grabs it shouldn’t be hard to lift the boys.
“Bromsgrove are having a great season and we know it will be a test. Richard Colwell, my assistant, watched them on Saturday after our game was postponed and I saw them earlier in the season.
“They’ve got a few players with Alvechuch connections, so they will be wanting to impress.
“But it’s the chance to for us to win our first silverware since coming to Alvechurch. We will go out and have a real go.”
Long will have to omit playmaker James Spray against Midland League Division One title-chasers Sporting because he is cup-tied after playing in the county competition for Lye Town.
Midfielder Leigh Downing is also sidelined with an ankle injury. He has been having treatment at West Bromwich Albion, where he works as a coach, but the injury sustained against Heanor has not healed.
Long hopes Downing could be fit for Saturday’s match at Sporting Khalsa.
Josh March comes back into contention after his injury.
Admission for tomorrow night’s game is £6 for adults and £3 for children/over 65s.
Alvechurch are still competing in the JW Hunt Cup. They will be away to Heath Hayes or Cradley Town in the quarter-finals, with the Heath Hayes versus Cradley game taking place on Saturday.
The final of the JW Hunt Cup, which Long won as Tividale manager in 2014 and 2015, will be at Molineux, home of Wolves, on Wednesday, May 25.