ALVIS Sporting ended the 2013/14 season season in fine fashion after defeating Stafford Town 2-1 to record their highest league position in their 86-year history in the top half of the Midland Combination Premier Division.
Although Alvis dominated proceedings from the start, it was Stafford Town who took the lead in the seventh minute when Chris Morris latched onto a through and chipped the ball over goalkeeper Jack Hartopp from the edge of the area.
Fabian Spence had an effort cleared off the line before Tommy Maguire was sent off for the visitors on the half-hour mark.
But ten minutes later Ryan Caputo equalised with a volley from 20 yards out and in the second period the ten-men were more creative.
And with just one minute remaining Paulo Razza took control of a long ball before rounding the goalkeeper and tapping in from close range to secure all thee points for Alvis.
It brings to a close what has been an exceptional debut season in the Premier Division for Alvis.
“Alvis have responded magnificently in their first season in the Premier Division of the Midland Combination.” said club spokesman, Bob Bannister.
“As the team were unable to use their Green Lane ground due to a lack of facilities, they, nevertheless, finished in mid table despite having to play home games at four different venues in Birmingham, Kenilworth, Coventry Copsewood, and as far away as Worcestershire.
“Alvis will now look forward with optimism to the new season when the flood lights and a seated grandstand will be in place to complement the existing covered accommodation.
“Like all clubs, they need to build on their support, and a warm welcome will be extended to all who live in the Green Lane catchment area when the new season begins in August.”