LATE signing Lee Chilton came up with the goods as Alvechurch snapped up a 1-0 win at Royston Town to go third in Evo Stik Southern League Central Premier Division this Christmas.

Much travelled Chilton was captured from Midland League side Sporting Khalsa the previous day and proved an instant hit with his 11th minute winner.

Delighted Church boss Ian Long praised Chilton's contribution, he said: "He was superb. At 33, he was full of energy and has really kept himself well.

"Lee was previously at Halesowen Town and also had a long spell at National League side Leamington, although he has operated regularly around the Black Country.

"Lee was excellent but so was everyone else. I would say it was our best away performance of the season.

"We really should have won by more and we have to start being more clinical in front of goal.

"My glass is half full at the moment but it can so easily become half empty as this is such a tight league.

"A couple of defeats and we could find ourselves back in 10th place quite easily and then no-one would be talking about us.

"You can not afford to take your eye off the ball for one moment in this league, otherwise you'll get beaten."

Long confirmed he was tracking Stratford Town central defender Taylor Morrison, who is the brother of Kyle Morrison.

He explained: "I'm a bit short of defensive cover at the moment, especially as Jamie Willetts is out for a while having undergone a medical procedure that will keep him out for a couple of weeks.

"Christmas is a massive period for us this year where I've targeted to take a number of points."