Alvechurch 1 Highgate United 1
HIGHGATE will have felt they deserved more from a game they had the better of.
Alvechurch started well under their new management of Paul Smith and Kevin Rowlands, but it was Gate who took the lead on the hour mark through Elroy Bennett.
Scott Turner started the move, with Tom Stone setting up Bennett for a shot on the turn that slipped under the diving Alvechurch ‘keeper.
The Shirley side could not hold onto the lead though. Alvechurch sub McKenzie had looked dangerous since his introduction, and fired in an equaliser in the 84th minute.
It ended with just a point for Highgate as they continue their gradual climb away from the relegation zone.
St Francis 2 Silhill 3
SILHILL continued their excellent record against St Francis thanks to a duo of goals from Chris Kavanagh and one from Neil Kitching.
The away side went 2-0 up but were pegged back by two unlucky goals. A deflection from a Richard Webber shot sent the ball looping over Silhill ‘keeper Andy Masters. This was followed by a contentious penalty decision in the 89th minute, Joe Murphy netting from the spot for St Francis.
However Silhill got their deserved points when Drew Hall, who finished the day with all three assists, provided for Kavanagh.
Meanwhile Silhill 2nds drew 3-3 away at Shere Punjab, Silhill 3rds were bullied into an 8-2 away lose at Easy Reds and Silhill 4ths lost 5-2 at home to Boldmere 2nds.
Shirley Athletic 10 (ten) AFC Somers 0
LUKE Scarborough was left in seventh heaven as his seven goals helped Shirley recover in emphatic fashion from their loss last week.
The striker had completed his hat-trick before half time as Shirley ran bottom club Somers ragged. Richard Learnihan also scored in the first half.
Somers tried to get back into the game early on in the second half but James Ince grabbed a brace with two one-on-ones, while Scarborough completed the annihilation with four second half goals.
The result was good preparation for what will be Shirley’s biggest game in their history this weekend as they host Blackheath Town in the BCFA Saturday Vase. Kick-off is at 1.30pm.
Meanwhile Shirley 2nds progressed in the AFA Bill Hill Cup, seeing off Village 3rds 5-2.
Knowle FC 3 Stretton Eagles 1
KNOWLE lie in second place in the Midland Football Combination Division One after seeing off third-placed Stretton.
Duwayne Mardenborough opened the scoring for the Robins with a powerful drive, Joe Smith providing the assist by way of an excellent through ball.
Stretton equalised from a partially cleared corner, but Knowle were back in front just before half-time, top scorer Jonathon Jackson-Berery seizing his chance.
Knowle looked comfortable throughout the second half, Tom Hyland sealing the points, skillfully steering home from a Mykey Pryce cross.
The Robins are at home again this weekend in the next round of the Birmingham Vase, kick-off 1.30pm.