THERE was cause for celebration for Alvis Sporting after a narrow 1-0 victory over Droitwich Spa saw them extend their unbeaten run in the league to 34 games.
Alvis moved back to the top of the Midland League Division Two table after tasting that winning feeling again and it now means Damian Cassidy’s side last fell to a league defeat in May 2015.
However, they had to battle hard to overcome a Droitwich side who also knew if they won the game they would gain the top spot.
In the early stages the pace of Rickie Cutting and Daniel Pidgeon caused problems to the Droitwich rearguard, and the two combined to give Alvis the lead in the 38th minute.
Cutting on the edge of the penalty area produced a fine shot which was only parried by Droitwich keeper Matthew Oliver, and Pidgeon reacted quickly to net from close range.
Droitwich came more into the game in the second half with Nick Seabourne going close with a neat chip which beat Alvis keeper, James Wardle, but landed just the other side of the crossbar.
A powerful strike by Bradley Burgess again beat Wardle, but captain Michael Quirke cleared on the line. Alvis came close to increasing their lead near the end when substitute Charlie Cook cut in from the left, and his right foot shot went narrowly wide.
“This was a good win and though it is early in the season, this result could have a bearing on the promotion race towards the end,” said Alvis boss Cassidy.
“Kiam Galdins was deservedly man of the match with his hard work from midfield
“It has been a tremendous effort from everybody within the team, and the club are very proud of what has been achieved. It is rare in any class of football to go so long without defeat, and hopefully we can extend it further.”
Alvis return to cup action on Saturday when they visit Stockton in the Second Round of the Coventry Telegraph Senior Cup.