Town Youth returned to MFYL Premier Division South action at the Arden Garages Stadium on Thursday evening for the first time since clinching the championship title three weeks ago with an ultimately comfortable win over Alvechurch in the replay of their match back in February which was voided after the Church fielded an ineligible player.
Several of the Town team were playing their second game in two days after featuring for FC Stratford in their Presidents Cup Final against GNP Sports at Racing Club Warwick’s ground the previous evening, but after going behind early on they soon took control and effectively had the points in safe keeping at half time.
It didn’t look that way when the Church took the lead in only the fifth minute as the Town defence allowed a left wing corner to creep in at the far post, but they were level again six minutes later with leading scorer Tommy Harrington drilling a low drive into the bottom corner on the net from the edge of the penalty area.
And they were ahead on the quarter hour mark when Bradley West cut in from the right to sweep the ball past the advancing Church keeper into the far corner.
With Town piling on the pressure Alvechurch conceded a penalty for hands in the 23rd minute and skipper Josh Aspinall-Smyth made it 3-1 as he blasted the spot kick past the keeper with the minimum of fuss.
The Church tried to respond but keeper Ryan Woodward pulled off a couple of smart saves and instead Town had a number of chances to extend their lead at the other end.
A volley from Harrington flew inches wide followed by Harry Hartin blazing over from six yards out and then Elliott shooting straight at the keeper and Town could easily have been out of sight at the break.
It was much the same in the opening minutes of the second half with Rob Sone’s looping effort from wide on the right deceiving the keeper and ricocheting away off the back post, but with both sides making use of the rolling subs rule the game lost much of its shape as Town did all that was necessary to keep their lead intact.
But in the 80th minute Jack Ballinger almost added a fourth when he surged through down the inside left channel only for the keeper to make a brave block at point blank range.
Soon after Sone had to limp off with Elliott returning in his place and with four minutes to go it was Elliott who rounded off the evening as he thumped the ball into the roof of the net from eight yards out.
Meantime all Town supporters will be able to applaud Darren Timms and his Champion side as they are to be presented with the Trophy and medals during the half time interval of the first team match against Biggleswade on Easter Monday..