STUDLEY FC moved top of the Hellenic League Division One on Tuesday night after a 1-0 win against local rivals Littleton.
Robbie Bunn scored the game’s only goal on the half hour mark to secured Studley’s 14th win in their last 15 matches.
However, Worcester Raiders’ win on Wednesday night means Studley have now dropped back to second in the table heading into the Christmas break.
It was very much a backs to the wall victory for a depleted Studley side who grew into the game, forcing the Littleton keeper into making a couple of good saves.
And that pressure eventually paid off when Bunn struck on 30 minutes with a sweet strike that found the top corner from the edge of the penalty from Kieren Donnelley’s pass.
Leading one-nil at the break, the visitors defence stood firm in the second period as Littleton dominated in their search for an equaliser.
And Odane Barnes spurned a great chance to equalise when he blazed over from 10-yards out after the ball had come back off the crossbar on the hour mark.
Chairman Alan Smith and manager’s Jon Edwards and Richard Briggs along with coaches Andy Mason, Wayne Bunn, Simon Fitter and Connor Macarthy have assembled a squad which is pushing for promotion back to the Midland League Premier.
At the end of last season, Studley lost out on promotion by point four of a point when league positions were decided on points per game over the previous two seasons.
To add insult to injury the club were placed in the Hellenic League which meant more travelling although since Studley’s inception they have played all of their football in the Midlands.
Studley need more Committee members to come on board and help out the club and would like to ask the public to come down and watch them as they need more people through the gate.
The Bees next home game is against Hereford Pegasus on Saturday, January 8 with kick-off at 3pm at The Beehive.