Football
Alvechurch pegged back by late goals

By Liam Moakes Thursday 03 January 2013 Updated: 03/01 12:31

ALVECHURCH were pegged back by two late goals at Highgate United on Wednesday as they had to settle for a 3-3 draw in the Midland Alliance.

Dean Holtham's side, whose match at home to Tividale on Saturday was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch, remain tenth ahead of tomorrow's visit to Continental Star but will have been disappointed to let maximum spoils slip through their fingers.

Elroy Bennett gave the home side an 18th minute lead with a shot hooked in from six yards but Alvechurch levelled on the stroke of half time when Omari Sterling-James made no mistake from the edge of the box.

Alvechurch had the edge during a dour second half and took a two-goal lead thanks to two strikes of the highest quality from Tristian Dunkley and Sterling-James in the 72nd and 80th minutes, but Gate showed spirit and determination as Karl King pulled a goal back in the 83rd minute and then equalised with a header two minutes from time.

Meanwhile, long-serving Alvechurch chairman Peter Eacock has resigned from his position and as a director at Lye Meadow.

Eacock had been chairman for the last ten years after only accepting the position on a temporary basis after former chairman Mike Rowley left the club.

Club secretary Steve Denny told the club's website: "Peter has been instrumental in, first, helping Alvechurch achieve promotion to the MFA and then helping to stabilise the club both on and off the pitch.

"The board would like to thank Pete for his services and commitment to the club over the last ten years and wish him all the best for the future. His successor will be decided at the club's next board meeting this month."

THE OLD boys came back to haunt Studley on Wednesday as they were beaten 4-0 at runaway Alliance leaders Stratford Town.

Town raced into a 3-0 interval lead with two goals from veteran former Studley striker Tony Robinson and a debut goal for another talented ex-Beehive man, Lei Brown.

The hosts' Mark Faulds picked up a red card early in the second half but Town scored a fourth late on through Jamie Molyneux.

Studley, whose match at home to Westfields on Saturday was postponed, remain 17th in the table heading into tomorrow's match at home to Heath Hayes.

REDDITCH UNITED were left frustrated as both Saturday's and New Year's Day's home matches against Gosport Borough and Banbury United were postponed due to the waterlogged Valley Stadium pitch.

The Reds were boosted by Hitchin Town's 3-1 defeat at Arlesey Town on Tuesday though, which means they could climb out of the bottom two with a positive result at Bedworth United tomorrow.

Simon Redhead's side then travel to Chesham United for a rearranged match on Tuesday.

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