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Bees fall to loss
3:00pm Thursday 20th September 2012 in Sport
STUDLEY suffered a nightmare journey to Hereford side Westfields ahead of last Saturday’s Midland Alliance match where they lost out 2-1 after falling victims to a sucker-punch goal.
Twice Studley got stuck in traffic jams en route to Hereford and arrived at the ground late, leaving Lee Knight’s men with little time to warm-up.
Worse was to follow when Westfields, one of the favourites to lift the Alliance title, scored in the first 90 seconds.
But the Bees got themselves back on level terms but they lost out to a late goal when Westfields broke and scored from a Studley corner.
Knight admitted the day had been dreadful right upto Westfield’s opening goal but refused to offer their awful journey as an excuse.
He claimed: “The players are giving me everything at the moment, I can’t ask anymore of them.
“The irony is the fact I was looking to win the game at Westfield and went three up front to have a late go at them.”
Studley entertain Boldmere St Michaels this Saturday in another Baker Joiner Midland Alliance match where Knight is looking for better luck.
Defensive lynch-pin Craig Hall has recovered from a clean-up operation on his knee and comes into the reckoning along with striker Liam O’Shea who is shaking off the effects of a hamstring problem.
There’s also the prospect of Nathan Pulisciano returning to action after breaking his arm recently at Bloxwich.
All three are expected to feature is a specially-arranged friendly on Thursday night against a local Sunday side.
Knight also confirmed that his managerial partner Ian Mitchell would be taking a backseat and that Kevin Barry would be stepping into the breach instead.
l Alvechurch crashed out of the FA Vase as they conceded two late goals to lose 3-2 at home to Walsall Wood in the second qualifying round.
On Saturday, they visit Heath Hayes in Midland Alliance.