Churchmen told to get going again

First published in Sport

ALVECHURCH boss Ross Thorpe has called on his players to get back on track at mid-table rivals AFC Wulfrunians on Saturday.

Before last night's home clash against Tividale, the Lye Meadow outfit have won one of their last seven matches and have gone four games without tasting victory in the Midland Alliance.

With the Churchmen one of a handful of sides trying to secure a top ten finish, victory in Wolverhampton would provide a boost for their campaign.

Thorpe said: "This is a massive game for us, it's a six-pointer.

"We want to finish as high as we can and beating Wulfs would help our cause."

Alvechurch were expecting a host of players back for last night's clash and Saturday's trip to Castlecroft (3pm ko).

An under strength side went down 2-0 to improving Gornal Athletic at the weekend.

The Black Country outfit are in the middle of a relegation battle but since Andy Wytton took over and brought in many players from Dudley Town, they have progressed.

Alvechurch were missing Dale Edwards, Mark Bandurak, Scott Smith, Chris Hughes (suspended), Keith Rostill and Jesse Race because of injury or work committments.

But Thorpe drafted in 16-year-olds Ashley Watson and Brogan Halpin as well as Kyle Morrison, 19, and was impressed by their performances.

He said: "Kyle was the best player on the park, while Ashley and Brogan have been part of the squad since I arrived and I wanted to see what they could do.

"I have no excuses but I was missing a number of players who would all have started and Gornal have got some very good results lately."

Last week, Connor Deards bagged a hat-trick and Morrison scored as Alvechurch threw away a 4-1 lead to draw 4-4 with Tipton.

Next Tuesday, Alvechurch are at home to Westfields (7.45pm ko).

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