A WADE Malley brace ensured a losing start for Coventry Alvis in their Midlands Football League Division Two opener at Alcester Town on Saturday.
Alcester edged a close encounter played in blustery conditions, but were unable to prevent Alvis forward Lewis Ludford from lashing home yet another free kick into the net to open the scoring.
Malley was presented with an equaliser nine minutes before the break courtesy of a defensive error that ensured the two sides went in level at half time, though Alvis resumed the upper hand after the restart.
But after failing to deal with a dangerous cross, Alvis were punished in the 80th minute as Malley was on hand to stab home the winner and give the hosts all three points.
Earlswood Town are the visitors in Coventry’s second game of the season on Wednesday night (7.30pm) at Alvis Sports and Social Club, with Earlswood also losing their opener in a 1-0 defeat to Northfield Town.