ALVECHURCH boss Darren Byfield says Saturday's late draw at Needham Market can be his side's catalyst to return to winning ways.

Midfielder Mitch Botfield netted the equaliser as Church took a valuable point on the road.

Alvechurch have not won in five games but that has included three draws.

Byfield thinks the late leveller could prove a big moment for his players.

He said: "We showed some real character in the game after some poor results.

"When you're not winning it can be difficult and your confidence gets knocked but the players showed that determination.

"I hope that we can look back at that point in a few weeks and see that it was the result that really got us going again.

"That is our challenge now and I hope we can build from here.

"I knew it was going to be a tough task but we'll keep working and the key is to be positive.

"It feels good to be around the lads and the mood in the squad is good."

Church now welcome St Ives to Lye Meadow this Saturday (3pm kick-off).

"We owe the fans a performance at home," added the manager. "The cup defeat against AFC Wulfrunians wasn't good enough and we'll be looking to put that right this weekend."

Meanwhile, right-back Josh Ezewele has now left to join Stourbridge.

"He's a talented lad but I think his head has been turned by Stourbridge for a long time," said Byfield.

"I thank him for all his work for the football club and wish him the best but it's time for us to concentrate on the players that are here now."

Byfield says he's speaking to three players in the hope of strengthening ahead of the weekend.

"You're only as good as your bench and we need a bigger squad and certainly more experience," he added. "We are talking to a few, will look at a few in training this week and will hopefully get things done soon."