13th Dec, 2019

Byfield sees the positives in Bradford City interest in Church pair

DARREN Byfield fully expects Alvechurch duo Josh Ezewele and Taylor Morrison to be inspired by being part of a pro set-up after their spell at Bradford City.

Both players lined up for Gary Bowyer’s Bantams among a host of trialists in a friendly at Eccleshill United on Tuesday.

They played a full 90 minutes in a 2-1 win and now Alvechurch are waiting to hear if there will be any follow up from the League Two side.

Regardless, boss Byfield says the experience will only be good for the players.

“We are waiting to see what happens with Kyle and Taylor,” said Byfield. “Bradford might decide to monitor them or invite them back again.

“But there’s nothing negative about whatever happens. It’s great for the two players to have that experience of being in and around a pro club and seeing what’s needed to be professional footballers.”

Ezewele and Morrison will both be back in Church shirts on Saturday when they face National League North side Leamington – and former Church striker Josh March – at Lye Meadow.

Church went down 4-1 to a West Bromwich Albion U23s side last Saturday and then secured a 2-1 win at AFC Wulfrunians on Tuesday.

Byfield is still assessing several of his training group but he confirmed former favourite Babucar Sauane is back at Lye Meadow. He was a key figure in two promotion-winning campaigns but injury blighted his season last term after a spell at Halesowen Town.

“Baba can play anywhere and that’s a big asset, alongside the fact he is good footballer,” said Byfield. “We played him in a back three at Littleton and then in midfield.”

Byfield is also keen on signing young keeper Bobby Biddle, who has played in the last two games. The former Birmingham City and Albion rookie made a mistake for the first goal against Albion but quickly put that behind him with some good saves and is set to vie with Lloyd Ransome for the No 1 jersey.

The youthful, slick-passing Baggies led at half-time through Owen Windsor before Nick Clayton-Phillips scored twice and a trialist also got on the scoresheet. Peter Till replied with a cracking free-kick late on.

Ant Smith and Kyle Morrison were the Alvechurch scorers at Wulfs. Half-time sub Smith curled home the opener and though Craig Gregg levelled via deflection Morrison converted a Sauane corner.

“The two friendlies were chalk and cheese,” said Byfield. “Against West Brom we had to work so hard and we couldn’t get the ball off them. They are fit, strong and talented boys and I had to stand up and applaud some of their goals. Technically they were so good.

“But against Wulfs we had so much of the ball and if there was one disappointment it was that we didn’t make the most of our opportunities.”

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