STUDLEY were finally able to shake their dismal 5-1 defeat to Lichfield City out of their system as they secured an impressive 1-1 draw at high flying Hinckley AFC.

Billy Garvey headed Studley into an early lead and Hinckley had to wait for over an hour before replying through Steve Hart who netted following a long ball into the box.

Studley manager Vaughan Pearshouse said: "It was a very positive performance. We needed to put that Lichfield game behind us, which we did. That chapter is now well and truly closed."

It was Pearshouse's first game in charge of Studley after previous boss Keith Draper decided to step down.

He added: "We asked the players to buckle down and they did just that. Everyone was pulling in the right direction."

Pearshouse brought in new signing Brett Fellows, a former Birmingham City academy player who has played professional football in Norway to boost his midfield.

And Pearshouse also reported that two of his players had turned down approaches from other clubs.

Chris Cowley has confirmed he turned down an offer from Bromsgrove Sporting while Craig Oldfield rejected terms from Cadbury Athletic.

Pearshouse was also hoping Josh Westwood would remain with Studley after being the subject of an approach from Littleton.

Pearshouse said: "You get this happening when a manager leaves. But in this case, Keith hasn't left to take over another club, he's just stepped down. I've spoken with the players concerned and told them just how much I wanted them to remain at the club."

Studley were due to face Atherstone this week in the Birmingham Midweek Cup before travelling to Coventry Alvis on Saturday.

Busy Studley then visit Littleton next Tuesday in another Midland League Division One match.