STUDLEY boss Kev Kingham took plenty of positives despite seeing his side exit the FA Vase at the first qualifying round stage.
A 3-2 defeat at Midland League Division One rivals Chelmsley Town saw the Bees eliminated, but the visitors produced a vastly improved performance from a week earlier when they were beaten 6-1 at the same opposition in the league.
Kingham made numerous changes to his line-up as new signings Shaun Edwards, Keith Draper, Scott Stevenson and Ashley Churchill were all handed debuts.
Goalkeeper Edwards has arrived from Pershore Town, right-sided player Draper from Cadbury Athletic and left midfielder Stevenson from Black Country Rangers, whilst central midfielder Churchill was unattached.
The Bees fell behind early on but drew level with an excellent lob from Connoll Farrell.
The hosts regained the lead from a set piece but were then fortunate to keep 11 men on the pitch as a reaction to a challenge was deemed only a booking when many observers felt the offence deserved red.
Town did have to reshuffle soon afterwards when their keeper was sent off for fouling Farrell as he raced through on goal, but the Bees could not capitalise on the resulting free kick.
Chelmsley fought hard in the second half but Studley levelled for a second time through a fine 20-yard strike from Farrell.
The Bees pressed for a winner and Daniels Stokes and Matty Powell went close, but Town booked their spot in the next round when ex-Studley man Gaz Turner fired home a superb 30-yard free kick in the 85th minute.
Kingham, whose side host Stafford Town on Saturday before visiting Littleton in the Polymac Packaging League Cup on Wednesday, said: “It was a lot better from us, although it couldn’t have got much worse than the previous week.
“We still have a lot of building to do and we will continue to work hard. The new faces did well for us and I’m still looking at adding a few to the squad.
“I am also looking for an assistant manager to join my management team, someone who is up for the challenge to work with me and my first team coach Bret Farrington.
“The role became available as one of our coaches Dean Farrington stepped down at the weekend. I thank him for all his efforts.”
Coaches interested in joining the Bees’ backroom team should email email@example.com.