Barnt Green Spartak 3 West Midlands Police 0

MIDFIELDER Anthony Taylor will miss almost all of the rest of the season after the FA slapped him with a 42 day ban this week.

Taylor, who was sent off for violent conduct in January's defeat to Leamington, begins the suspension on February 28.

While he is still eligible to play in Saturday's Midland Combination Premier Division clash at Highgate Taylor is set to have knee surgery instead.

Manager GJ Singh said: "I thought the decision was very hard on Anthony.

"But he's been in trouble before, so we won't be appealing against the decision.

"Anthony's also been carrying this knee problem, so this is probably the right time for him to go into surgery.

"He's already missed one chance for the doctors to work on him, so he'd better do it this time."

On Saturday Spartak comfortably overcame West Midlands Police.

Taylor opened the scoring from close range, before an error by Police goalkeeper Simon Williams handed Kieron Holland a goal.

Williams parried Delroy Brown's cross to Holland, who scored from close range.

Striker Karol Hamber's header was ruled out for offside, but Holland scored his seventh goal in nine games to complete the rout.

In the second half Spartak were forced back by the Police, but they were no threat to the Alvechurch based side.

Singh said: "We did what we had to do to win the game.

"I was very pleased with the performance.

"It was clinical rather than spectacular."

* Singh will be hoping that left sided midfielder Carlos Knight can bring a touch of Premier League class to Spartak.

Knight is the brother of Birmingham born defender Zat Knight, who is now a fixture of Fulham's first team.

Singh said: "I've known Carlos for some time and he'll do a good job for us."