IT HAS been a profitable week for Studley on and off the pitch as they followed Saturday’s impressive 2-1 win at Atherstone Town with the capture of striker Andy Nicol.
Nicol has arrived from Midland League Premier Division leaders Alvechurch and said on Twitter: “Looking forward to hopefully scoring a few goals and helping Studley to safety.”
The Bees bagged only their second league win of the Midland League Division One campaign at Sheepy Road on Saturday against a home side who would have moved into second place with victory.
Under the leadership of new boss Keith Draper, the new-look Bees bounced back from falling behind to a first half Alex Naughton goal.
Keith Draper Jnr hauled the visitors level when he capitalised on substitute Ben Wilkinson’s assist and Wilkinson then became the match-winner in the dying moments when he netted following a defensive mix-up.
Studley, who handed a start to new forward signing Gareth Evans from Pershore Town, face a crunch game at home to fellow strugglers Coventry Copsewood on Saturday.
FECKENHAM drew a fourth Midland League Division Two game in succession as they were held to a frustrating 1-1 stalemate at Continental Star.
The Millers had already created a handful of good openings before Umit Eminoglu and 17-year-old debutant striker Adam Garmson contrived to hand Feckenham a 17th-minute lead.
Garmson raced clear on the counter-attack and composed himself before finishing well with a low strike past the onrushing Star goalkeeper.
In truth it was a game of very few goalscoring opportunities but it was Star who finished the game the brighter and earned a deserved equaliser on 84 minutes when striker Pedro Douglas received the ball, turned his marker and rifled home from just outside the box.
Feckenham face the same opposition on Saturday (1.30pm) but this time on home soil in the Les James Challenge Cup second round as they bid to book a place in the quarter-finals.
REDDITCH Borough cruised to an 8-1 win home win over AFC Solihull in the Smedley Crooke Memorial Cup first round on Tuesday.
Billy Garvey bagged a hat-trick for the hosts, Jak Albutt netted a brace and Matt Fearon, Callum Hall and Courtney Sowe were also on target for the victors.
Liam Fullerton was the match-winner for Borough in Saturday’ Division Two game at Coton Green as the visitors prevailed 1-0.
Sixth placed Borough visit Smithswood Firs on Saturday.
ALCESTER Town secured a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over Coventrians in the Midland League Challenge Vase at Stratford Road on Saturday.
Town fell 3-0 behind against their Division Three league rivals but staged a superb fightback to take the match into extra time thanks to goals from Robbie Davies, Isaiah Graham-Clarke and and Joe Shaw.
The hosts then held their nerve to progress 3-2 on spot-kicks.
Next up for mid-table Alcester is a Division Three fixture at Barton United on Saturday.