FOOTBALL - Redditch United and Alvechurch play out thrilling eight-goal draw - The Redditch Standard

FOOTBALL - Redditch United and Alvechurch play out thrilling eight-goal draw

Redditch Editorial 31st Aug, 2023 Updated: 31st Aug, 2023   0

REDDITCH United and Alvechurch played out a thrilling 4-4 draw as Kobe Chong’s injury time penalty rescued a point for Ian Long’s side who twice led by two goals.

The Reds looked to have completed a stunning second-half comeback after Liam Armstrong’s sublime lob put the visitors ahead in the final minute at Lye Meadow.

However, Chong’s last gasp penalty levelled the game after Josh Dugmore’s brace and a Dylan Allen-Hadley strike put Church into a two-goal lead at the break.

Former Church man Brad Burton nettted twice for Redditch before Reece Flanagan’s penalty drew the Reds level.

That came after Redditch beat Kettering Town 2-0 thanks to goals from Aram Soleman and Johnny Johnson while Church lost 2-0 at Needham Market with Jake Dye and Tevan Allen on target.

The results mean Redditch sit fourth in the Southern League Premier Central table with Alvechurch down in 16th place after six matches.

Church opened the scoring against Redditch from the penalty spot through Dugmore before Allen-Hadley finished into the bottom corner from Jack Hallahan’s pass to double the home side’s lead inside 15 minutes

However, Burton reduced the deficit just past the half-hour mark with a deflected effort before Dugmore’s sensational volley restored Alvechurch’s two-goal lead before the break.

Burton scored his second of the game after the interval following a fine run and finish before Reece Flanagan’s penalty on 80 minutes drew the visitors level.

And Redditch completed a memorable comeback in the final minute when Liam Armstrong lobbed Church goalkeeper Dale Eve from just inside the Church half after the keeper scuffed a clearance straight to the goalscorer.

However, there was still time for one final twist when Allen-Hadley was fouled in the box and Chong stepped up to power home the resulting penalty into the bottom left corner.

Against Kettering, Redditch goalkeeper Adam Harrison saved a first-half penalty to keep the scores level before the Reds eventually sealed the points in the second period.

The home side took the lead on 70 minutes when Soleman won a penalty of his own only to see his spot kick saved before firing in the rebound.

And substitute Johnson wrapped up the win in style on 80 minutes with a fabulous finish into the top right corner from outside the box.

Both teams begin their FA Cup adventures this weekend with Redditch to host Boldmere St Michaels at the Valley Stadium and Alvechurch to play Basford United at Lye Meadow on Saturday, September 2 with both games to kick-off at 3pm.

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