6th Dec, 2019

Byfield bored of same mistakes

Redditch Editorial 29th Aug, 2019

DARREN BYFIELD is ready to make changes for Saturday’s long-distance trek to Leiston after admitting his Alvechurch side need to stop making the same mistakes.

Church suffered successive defeats in Southern Premier Central over the Bank Holiday, losing 3-0 at Hednesford Town on Saturday and then 2-0 at home in Monday’s derby with Redditch United at Lye Meadow.

In both fixtures, Alvechurch had their chances but they conceded just before half-time at the Pitmen and just after against the Reds and they could not find a way back.

It was another lesson to learn for the rebuilt Church side but boss Byfield is fed up of making the same excuses and he is likely to shuffle the line-up to face basement side Leiston.

Josh Ezewele, who picked up a knee injury on Monday, faces a fitness check for the trip to Suffolk but Byfield hinted at a couple of changes to the XI.

“For 45-60 minutes in both games we did well but football matches last 90 minutes,” said Byfield.

“It’s been the same story and I’m getting bored of saying it. We need to keep our concentration and our focus for 90 minutes.

“You have to remember it’s still a new side and we’re learning all the time but we need to do better. We’ve been in both games but not come away with anything. We need to get points on the board.

“We’ve had chances. We took the game to Hednesford and had opportunities but not taken them.

“Goals change games, it’s simple.

“We can’t let our heads drop if we go behind because we’re good enough to create chances to get back into games.”

Alvechurch had their chances on Saturday as Javia Roberts headed wide and Jamie Willets hit the bar before Ryan Nesbitt’s free kick was saved.

However, they fell behind on 43 minutes when Tom Elliott slotted home and Daniel Glover (67) and Kieran Morris (82) settled the contest.

On Monday, Alvechurch were again the brighter in the first half as Willets and Kyle Rowley headed over and Ben Usher-Shipway and Jordan Goddard were denied, but the Reds struck twice in a five-minute spell immediately after the interval.

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