'Church and Bees end on a high

By Liam Moakes 03/05 Updated: 03/05 12:59

ALVECHURCH will head into Tuesday's Worcestershire Senior Urn final against Bewdley Town in high spirits having signed off their Midland Alliance campaign in fine style with a superb 4-2 victory at champions Gresley on Saturday.

Watched by a crowd of just under 700, the visitors showed how much they have improved in the closing stages of the season as they took their final tally to 51 points and a 14th placed finish by making it 16 from the last available 21.

Delighted joint boss Vaughan Pearshouse, who along with supporters is relishing Tuesday's final at Kidderminster Harriers' Aggborough home, said: "It was an outstanding performance from the whole squad and we could have won by more.

"From the first whistle to the last the entire team were on their game and it was a brilliant result for us to sign off our league programme with."

Joe Wright headed the visitors into a 23rd minute lead after Elliot Nash had swung over a free kick, but the hosts levelled two minutes into the second half when Richard Hanslow capped a fine run from the right with a crisp finish beyond Lewis Gwilliams.

However, Alvechurch were in no mood to be denied and regained the lead in the 62nd minute when Ben Judd's free kick appeared to be assisted by the wind as it sailed past home keeper Gary Hateley.

Two minutes later it was 3-1 when Sam Wills profited from a quickly taken corner on the left to head home and ten minutes from time Wills put the outcome beyond doubt with an emphatic close range finish.

Gresley had the final say in the 88th minute when substitute Dean Oliver prodded home but it could not deny Alvechurch a deserved victory before the hosts were presented with the league title.

STUDLEY, who have begun their search for a new boss following last week's decision of manager Lee Adams to stand down along with his assistant and brother Glen, also ended the Alliance season in superb fashion as they destroyed visitors Heath Hayes 8-1.

The Bees wasted no time in tearing into the visitors as Lei Brown gave them a third minute lead, although the advantage was not doubled until five minutes before the break when Paul Dowsett found the net.

Within five minutes of the restart it was 4-0 through goals from Tom Lacey and Paul O'Brien and a strike from the visitors' Andy Davis proved nothing more than a consolation as midfielder O'Brien struck again and striker Brown went on to complete a hat-trick, whilst Scott Turner also found the net.

It was a fine way for Adams to end his nearly seven-year stint in charge and means Studley, without a budget this season, finished 13th on 54 points.

One name being linked with the Studley manager's job is former Redditch United and Alvechurch boss Simon Redhead, although there are no concrete developments to report as yet.

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