ALVECHURCH are now without a victory in six matches after suffering two defeats over the Easter period as Saturday’s 4-2 loss at home to Tipton Town was followed by a 1-0 defeat at Coventry Sphinx on Monday.
Declan Price grabbed the only goal of the game for Sphinx on Monday, which leaves Alvechurch 13th in the Midland Football League Premier Division with five matches to play.
The match was a forgettable affair and the visitors’ best period of the game came in the opening stages of the second half when, following a series of corners, Toby Checketts’ downward header was scrambled behind by the home keeper and then from a fourth corner in quickfire fashion Elliot Nash also flashed a header just wide.
Two days earlier relegation-threatened Tipton Town emerged victorious at Lye Meadow as the hosts – led by assistant manager and head coach Kim Casey in the absence of boss Lee Knight – were beaten despite taking a tenth minute lead through Connor Deards’ clever header.
Dimitri Dunkley then came close to making it 2-0, but it proved to be a costly miss as soon afterwards prolific Tipton striker Gurjit Singh – who recently agreed a deal with Kidderminster Harriers for next season after turning down Redditch United – evaded two challenges before thundering home a strike off the underside of the bar.
The hosts rallied well and Gareth Evans saw a goalbound strike blocked, but they were rocked in the first minute of the second half when Singh capitalised on hesitant defending to set up Sean Pugh to fire Tipton ahead.
With Michael McGrath a constant threat, the hosts were far from beaten, but some determined defending kept Town in front and they extended their lead in the 69th minute through Adam Hill.
McGrath was rewarded for his efforts when he made it 3-2 in the 78th minute with a goal following a corner, but there was to be no late comeback from Alvechurch as the impressive Singh waltzed through the home defence to complete the scoring three minutes later and leave the hosts empty-handed in a game they will feel they should have taken something from.
Last night (Thursday) Alvechurch visited Wolverhampton Sporting in a JW Hunt Cup quarter-final and on Saturday Knight’s side are on the road at second placed Coleshill Town.