September 28th, 2016

’Church are November’s golden boys

ALVECHURCH insist they can keep improving after being named the Midland League Premier Division Team of the Month for November.

To prove the point, the Churchmen are hoping to clinch the signing of Malachi Farquharson ahead of another crucial week for the club.

Manager Ian Long confirmed Alvechurch have had talks with Tividale forward Farquharson, who has also been with Harrogate Railway and Rushall Olympic after starting at Northampton Town.

They hope to get a yes or no ahead of Saturday’s trip to Stourport Swifts, but Sutton Coldfield Town are also interested.

Long said: “We’ve had a conversation with Malachi but he has got a couple of options. Sutton Coldfield can offer him a higher level of football but we have told him about our plans for the future. I would guess it’s 50/50 whether he comes or not.

“It would give the dressing room a boost if we could get Malachi. A new face always gives about more tempo to training.”

Although Alvechurch have had their last two games postponed – at home to Rocester on Saturday and a League Cup tie at Coventry Sphinx on Monday – they won five in a row in November to take the league accolade for the first time since Long and his backroom staff took over in the summer.

“It’s nice to get a little bit of recognition for what we have achieved so far this season,” said Long.

“We want to win everything we can – whether that’s team of the month or the FA Vase.”

The Vase third round tie at Walsall Wood next Saturday will round off week which Long regards as vital.

With table-toppers Hereford in county cup action on Saturday, Alvechurch will face Stourport on Saturday, weather permitting, and then head to Westfields in two of their games in hand on the Bulls.

Long admitted it has been a frustration to have successive postponements but the players have had little rest with the usual training and a meta fit workout at the Village Hotel, Dudley.

“It’s been a nightmare having two games called off,” added Long. “We would much rather play, especially when we’ve been on such a roll.

“Now we’ve got a big week ahead of us, with two important league games and then the Vase game.”

Meanwhile, Alvechurch have rearranged the Polymac Packaging League Cup tie at Coventry Sphinx, which was postponed on Monday, for Monday, December 14.

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