ALVECHURCH have issued a call to arms for all their supporters this Saturday as they clash with Northern Premier League Division One South promotion rivals Cleethorpes at Lye Meadow.

Church manager Ian Long is all too aware of the importance this game holds for his side.

He said: "We need all the support we can get.

"Cleethorpes are last season's FA Vase finalists and we are expecting them to bring a big following.

"Together with Frickley, the pose to the biggest threat to us finishing in second place.

"With two automatic promotion places up for grabs this season, it's easy to see the importance of this game".

Church bounced back to winnings ways following the defeat to Belper Town with a 1-0 success at Lincoln United, although Long was staggered that Church failed to win by a wider margin.

A 33rd minute strike from Luke Yates sealed victory but Long couldn't believe how Ryan Winwood failed to make it 2-0 when he fluffed his shot from five yards out.

Long added: "I just don't know how he managed to miss. It was an absolute sitter. He's really taken some stick over it."

Long handed a debut to targetman Aaron Lloyd who has arrived at Lye Meadow from Stourport, while Andy Parsons made a welcome return in defence.

Busy Long has also added Heanor Town prospect Elliot Reeve to his squad.

The 19-year-old is currently studying at Birmingham University and is based in Selly Oak.

Long has publicly thanked the co-operation from Heanor who have waived the seven days notice of approach.

Church are also able to recall Babacar Sauane who has returned from Gambia following wedding duty.

Long said: "We will have to assess his fitness first as he was suffering from a groin strain when he left for the Gambia.

"Babacar is a big, explosive player who has done well for us in the past and could make a big impact."

Long is also set to speak with Boldmere St Michael's player Ryan Nesbitt. Long admitted: "There was a bit of a mix-up. We thought we'd put in the seven days notice, when it turned out we hadn't. But I hope to talk with him later this week.

"We've got seven games coming up in the space of 21 days so we need as many people as possible on board".