UNHAPPY Ian Long has threatened to ring the changes following Alvechurch’s 2-0 defeat at long distance Leiston.

Two late goals in Suffolk sealed Church’s downfall and Long admitted: “We didn’t create anything and we didn’t deserve to win, so it’s back to the drawing board.

“What disappointed me the most is that we should have taken something out of the game, but gifted Leiston both their goals.

“I don’t want to make excuses but it’s a long way to go to come home empty-handed. I left my house at 7-30am on Saturday and didn’t get back until 11.30pm which just compounded things.

“I’ve told all the players they cannot afford to have a bad game because I won’t hesitate to wield the axe!

Church have no time to dwell on the defeat as they visit play-off rivals Rushden and Diamonds this Saturday.

Long added: “We have to put the Leiston game behind us. The game at Rushden is a six pointer and we need a positive result.

“We’re starting to see a few cracks amongst our play off rivals and we need to be in a position where we can take advantage”.

Long will be concerned that key player Josh March had to come off against Leiston at half time with a groin injury.

As a result, Long has arranged a friendly fixture this week with Sutton Coldfield Town where the likes of Lee Chilton, Kieran Cook, Tom Tonks and Ash Carter are all likely to feature.

On a brighter note, Long paid tribute to the 50 strong group of supporters who followed them to Leiston and claimed: “It’s a gruelling trek and I’m sorry they didn’t make much noise – because we didn’t give them anything to shout about!