Westfields win 1-0 at Alvechurch in FA Vase

Hereford Times: Phil Glover (left in action). Phil Glover (left in action).

Alvechurch 0 Westfields 1

WESTFIELDS will be making their longest-ever trip in the fourth round of the FA Vase.

The Hereford club have been drawn to face Northern League Division One Morpeth Town on Saturday, January 18.

Skipper Phil Glover struck a 79th-minute winner in last Saturday's narrow third-round success at Alvechurch.

It is Westfields first appearance in the last 32 of the Vase since the 1986/87 season.

Westfields' chief executive, Andy Morris, said: "Morpeth will be furthest Westfields have ever travelled for a game.

It’s the longest possible distance for us at this stage of the competition but we are delighted to be still in the FA Vase," said

Westfields have been given permission by the FA to travel and stay overnight on the Friday before the tie.

Morris said: "It’s a fantastic competition and to have a chance to play at Wembley Stadium is a fantastic incentive for all players at this level.

“Traditionally ,the northern clubs are very strong. We have played Selby Town and Billingham Synthonia in the past and have been beaten so we know what to expect. We know that they are a top non-league club, but so are we."

Morris added: “We have a lot of fixtures to play before January 18 and are on an eight-match unbeaten run so it looks as though it’s going to be a great cup tie."

Westfields’ have suffered a blow, with full-back Marcus Giglio joining Skrill Conference North club Gloucester City .

Giglio had joined Westfields from Welsh League club TNS and was a key member as Westfields finished runners-up in the Midland Alliance last season.

Westfields host in-form Boldmere St Michaels, who are fourth in the table, this Saturday in the league.

The Hereford club will be hoping for a repeat of last weekend's display in the Vase success over Alvechurch.

Westfields were without suspended duo Jamie Cuss and Brad Birch

Their dominance was highlighted by Alvechurch goalkeeper Stuart Parsons who won the man of the match award.

Parsons saved brilliantly from Dene Whittal-Williams and Dan Polan before brilliantly keeping out Jamie Insall from point-blank range.

Alvechurch had the best chance after 30 minutes when Joe Wright burst through but his fierce drive was brilliantly parried away by Matt Gwynne.

Insall headed against crossbar before Parsons saved Craig Jones’ thunderbolt .

But Alvechurch were dangerous on the break and Chris Hughes shot over when well placed.

Parsons denied Aidan Thomas before Westfields snatched the match winner when a clever through ball with 11 minutes remaining.

The industrious Jones set up Glover, who ghosted in to slip the ball home.

Alvechurch's Julian Triana shot over from good position as the hosts tried to force extra time.

Glover and Whittal-Williams were superb at the heart of the Westfields’ defence.

Westfields had the last say when Parsons held Jones’ 20-yard drive.


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