ALVECHURCH boss Ian Long insists his players must become more ruthless in front of goal.

It follows their 1-1 draw at play-off rivals AFC Rushden and Diamonds where Long claimed:

"We dominated the game for large periods. I was looking for a reaction following the defeat at Leiston and got it.

"We were on top to the point where Rushden let us have the ball and couldn't get out of their own half.

"Even their own supporters were having a go at them.

"Rushden were very complimentary about us afterwards, but we still only took one point out of the game.

"We've reached the business end of the season now and we must start pressing home the advantage".

Church fell behind within two minute when Sam Johnson fired Rushden in front but levelled on 64 minutes through Kieron Cook.

Long added: "I wasn't happy that we gave them a goal start, but Kieron Cook was a thorn in their side all game and took his goal really well".

Church host fourth from bottom Lowestoft Town this Saturday at Lye Meadow but will again be missing midfield man Lee Chilton through injury.

Long claimed: "Lee's recovery is taking longer than expected which is a blow because Lee has made a real positive impact since coming into the side.

"I was also annoyed that I missed out on signing striker Mike Taylor who has returned to play-off rivals Stratford Town following short spells at Tamworth and Leamington.

Long added: "With the pitches drying out, Mike would have been a real handful up front, but I wasn't aware that he was available".