ALVECHURCH and Bromsgrove Sporting played out a Valentine’s Day stalemate at Lye Meadow, a result which lifted the home side out of the relegation zone.
Neither side was able to find a winner in a fiery affair that saw eight yellow cards handed out with no love lost between the two teams.
The result means Alvechurch now sit 17th in the Southern League Premier Central table, outside of the relegation zone on goal difference, whilst Sporting sit 15th seven points clear of their rivals.
Church shaded a tight first half as former Sporting man Jack Hallahan forced Rouslers goalkeeper Ollie Taylor into a smart save with his feet before he denied Jed Abbey moments later.
Sporting lacked adventure and struggled to test the Church defence as Jack Tolley and Brandon Smalley failed to connect with a series of crosses from Ammar Dyer.
And Taylor came to Sporting’s rescue again in the second period as he made a superb reflex save to prevent Abbey from having an easy tap in from Jack Concannon’s pass.
The home side came closest to breaking the deadlock as Tom Edge’s excellently struck half-volley was headed off the line by Rouslers captain Tom Taylor.
Alvechurch host St Ives Town in their next outing at Lye Meadow whilst Sporting entertain Kings Langley at the Victoria Ground with both matches to kick-off at 3pm on Saturday, February 18.