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By Liam Moakes Thursday 14 February 2013 Updated: 18/02 14:15
ALVECHURCH suffered a third successive defeat in all competitions as they were beaten 1-0 in frustrating fashion by Rocester in the Midland Alliance at Lye Meadow on Saturday.
On a pitch which was unsurprisingly heavy and difficult to play constructive football on, the hosts bossed possession and territory in the closing stages but were unable to muster a response to Darren Leonard's 14th minute strike for the Staffordshire side.
Leonard reacted quickest to a knock down from a cross to fire past home keeper Liam Maher from 15 yards and that was to prove the winning goal.
Maher made a smart save midway through the second half but after that it was Dean Holtham's side on the offensive as Jake Allen came within a whisker of an equaliser, only to see his shot blocked before the ball was scrambled clear for a corner.
Striker Joe Wright came on as a 72nd minute replacement for Jazz Luckie and appeared destined to level four minutes later but, after Rocester keeper Richard Froggatt had dropped Dayle Kenny's cross, the stopper somehow reacted to divert Wright's rebound strike away for a corner.
The bombardment continued but the massed Rocester defensive ranks held out, leaving Alvechurch bidding to stop the rot at Heather St John's tomorrow.
Alvechurch, whose Worcestershire Senior Urn quarter-final at Bewdley Town on Tuesday fell victim to a waterlogged pitch, then entertain Tividale in the league on Tuesday.
STUDLEY have still not played a match since mid-January after Saturday's Alliance encounter at Causeway United was postponed, as was Tuesday's home match against Westfields.
With the Beehive pitch suffering badly following the recent snow and rainfall, prospects of tomorrow's home game against Loughborough University going ahead also seemed bleak.
With this in mind, the Bees have surrendered home advantage for Tuesday's Urn last eight clash against Lye Town as they bid to get back playing as soon as possible.
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