By Liam Moakes 15/03 Updated: 15/03 11:42
ALVECHURCH'S superb revival in fortunes reached new heights on Tuesday as they won a ten-goal thriller 6-4 at bottom club Willenhall Town to move out of the bottom three.
Buoyed by Elliot Nash's second half brace which rescued a 2-2 draw at Rocester on Saturday, Alvechurch headed to the Black Country hopeful of maximum points against the division's strugglers, but their evening appeared to be going pear-shaped as Adam Swain put the hosts 1-0 up in the first minute and Jemiah Richards doubled the lead on the quarter hour mark.
However, Alvechurch are made of sterner stuff lately and they roared back to take a 5-2 lead into the interval thanks to a hat-trick from Andy Nicol and further strikes from Nash and Joe Wright.
The hosts cut their arrears in the second half before Wright's thumping strike put the outcome beyond doubt, meaning Danico Johnson's goal towards the end was nothing more than a consolation.
The victory was both welcome and a relief for Alvechurch, but joint bosses Vaughan Pearshouse and Graham Scott will certainly be keen to see some improved defending in another important match tomorrow when Atherstone Town visit Lye Meadow.
Town arrive a point and a place above Alvechurch with a game in hand, but as a result of Alvechurch's fine recent form - in which they have taken 16 points from a possible 21 - Atherstone are one of three teams who Alvechurch could possibly overtake tomorrow with a victory, depending on results elsewhere.
On Saturday Alvechurch's resilience was rewarded as they earned a priceless point at a Rocester side who have lost just twice at home all season.
The visitors named defender Ben Judd on the bench following his transfer from Highgate United and they made a bright start as Nicol forced a fine early save from Rocester keeper Richard Froggatt.
However, some slack marking from a free kick allowed Craig Smith to head home a 20th minute opener for the Romans and they doubled their lead six minutes later when Jordan Nadat converted from close range at the near post from Mensah Kinch's cross.
Alvechurch believed they could get something out of the game still and finished the first half strongly as winger Nash fired into the side-netting for the second time in the game and midfielder Dave Glaze drove an effort wide.
Crucially it took the visitors just three minutes of the second half to reduce their arrears as Nash was upended in the area and picked himself up to score from the spot despite Froggatt's legs almost preventing the ball from crossing the line.
A sweeping move involving Nash, Wright and David Kalonji ended with the latter firing wide before Rocester battled back and twice forced Alvechurch keeper Lewis Gwilliams into smart saves.
It looked as though the visitors had spurned their chance of salvaging a draw when five minutes from time Nash pulled the ball back from the left, only for substitute Kevin Borrey to miskick when it looked easier to score.
However, a dramatic finale saw Alvechurch level in the fifth minute of added time when a long kick by Gwilliams eluded Rocester centre back Darren Bullock who completely misjudged his header back to the keeper, allowing the predatory Nash to pounce on the error, round the keeper and score to spark wild celebrations amongst the visiting players.
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