ALVECHURCH have now gone four league and cup games without a victory following Saturday’s disappointing 2-1 defeat at Rocester.
The visitors showed a lack of confidence in their play on the back of exiting the League Cup at the first hurdle against Coleshill Town and their first Midland Football League Premier Division match of 2015 also ended in defeat against an improving Rocester side.
Lee Adams handed a debut to goalkeeper Shaun Edwards following his move from Studley and Dimitri Dunkley was given his first start, replacing Danny Williams, who started on the bench.
Alvechurch may have been awarded a 15th minute penalty when Dale Edwards’ cross struck a defender’s hand but the referee waved play on when other officials might have seen it differently.
Gareth Evans then might have done better with a chipped effort at goal and it was Rocester who opened the scoring in the 27th minute when Dan Brown took advantage of a poor clearance to fire home.
A last-ditch tackle by Kyle Morrison prevented Scott Staniland from making it 2-0 before the final action of the first half saw Dunkley centre for Evans who, on the stretch, was agonisingly inches away from applying the touch which would have made it 1-1.
Alvechurch levelled in the 57th minute when a corner was headed goalwards by James Cosgrave and Evans was able to scramble the ball into the net.
The same combination almost gave the visitors the lead two minutes later but Evans headed wide from Cosgrave’s cross and Adams’ side were made to pay in the 69th minute when more poor defending allowed Staniland to restore Rocester’s advantage.
There were half chances at either end before full time but Alvechurch – who saw Tuesday’s scheduled fixture at Stourport Swifts postponed due to a waterlogged pitch – could not salvage anything and they will look to bounce back with a positive result at home to third placed title-chasers Basford United on Saturday.