ALVECHURCH are fifth in Evo-Stik Northern League South after a hard fought goalless draw at fellow top six outfit Bedworth United on Boxing Day.
However, with the other play-off hopefuls having played numerous more games than Ian Long’s side, Church remain comfortably the second best ‘placed’ side in the division behind unbeaten runaway leaders Basford United.
Alvechurch head to third placed Frickley Athletic on Saturday before hosting Romulus, currently bottom, on New Year’s Day (3pm).
STUDLEY’S Midland League Division One title hopes were rocked by successive defeats over the Christmas period.
Saturday’s 3-1 defeat at fellow promotion hopefuls Atherstone Town – in which Lewis Clarke netted a second half goal for the visitors – was followed by Boxing Day’s 2-0 home loss to a new-look Littleton side featuring former Redditch United right back Jordan Jones, Simon Fitter and numerous ex-Studley players.
The Bees are now fifth – eight points adrift of leaders Leicester Road with two games in hand – ahead of Saturday’s trip to Heather St John’s.
IN-FORM Feckenham are handily placed in fourth in Midland League Division Two after a 4-1 victory at Pelsall Villa on Saturday.
Nick Briggs gave Aaron Blackwood’s side an early lead with a neat turn and finish before the hosts levelled against the run of play through a 23-yard free kick.
Pelsall began the second half on top but the Millers regained the lead midway through the period when Briggs’ corner evaded everyone and nestled into the far corner of the net.
It was 3-1 soon afterwards when keeper Josh Goddard launched a counter-attack which ended with Briggs crossing to Matt Green to head home.
The scoring was completed in stoppage time when Jake Donnelly met a corner from man of the match Briggs and powerfully headed into the net.
The Millers – four points behind second placed Montpellier – host Earlswood Town at the Entaco on Saturday (2pm).