Thorpe looks to boost from fresh players

Redditch Advertiser: Alvechurch boss Ross Thorpe Alvechurch boss Ross Thorpe

ALVECHURCH boss Ross Thorpe has set his plans for next season in motion after they ended their campaign with four points.

The Lye Meadow side completed a testing end to their Midland Alliance campaign with a 2-2 draw against Loughborough University and Saturday's 3-1 victory over Heather St John's, which ended a ten-game winless run.

Alvechurch finished a season of transition 13th.

Thorpe replaced Dean Holtham as manager in November, with the team much changed over that period.

Under Holtham's time in the hot-seat, Alvechurch's first team used players from Birmingham City's youth scheme but his decision to step down as boss and take a position on the board saw that policy change.

"I have really enjoyed my first six months at the club, I feel he have learned a lot," said Thorpe.

"I spent years doing all my coaching qualifications but it doesn't prepare you for the experience of being a manager.

"But I am so proud to be manager of Alvechurch, this club has a great history and has lots of good people involved.

"I am already talking to players and hopefully in the next few weeks, we will have a lot in place for next season.

"We've been able to get in good players like Jack Cresswell and Connor Deards and rehabilitate them but it will be hard to hold onto them."

As well as recruiting players for the 2014-15, Thorpe is also aiming to bring in an assistant and coach to help him.

After the departure of Justin Fowkes in March, Thorpe has been aided by physio Paul 'Pud' Millward.

Thorpe added: "Pud has been fantastic help over a very busy period when we've had two or three games a week.

"I am in the process of bringing in a good quality coach and assistant who will be able to help me."

Against Loughborough, goal-scoring veteran Keith Rostill bagged a brace as Church battled back to earn a point.

Thorpe called in favours to bring in Redditch United pair and ex-Alvechurch players Omari Sterling-James and Max Loveridge.

Against Heather, Rico Taylor Jack Cresswell and Luke Shearer hit the back of the net.

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