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Football: Parsons reveals his unbeaten ambitions.

Byline: Colin Stoner

Alan Parsons wants his Boldmere St Michaels side to build on their best run of the season by continuing their unbeaten run right to the end of the campaign. The Mikes manager accepted this year would be a case of mixing the positive performances with frustrating off-key shows because of the mix of young players but Boldmere visit Barwell today seeking to extend their undefeated sequence to six matches.

'I said a top-half finish would be a sign of progress and this is still achievable given a decent run in our last 19 games, dare I hope for a top-ten place?' said Parsons. 'Since the Oadby game when we won 6-1 in November, we have been playing well but now we are getting goals from different players throughout the team and that always give you a chance.'

The Mikes have also been boosted by the return of midfielder Guy Naraine after three months on the sidelines, while striker Aaron Roberts, who hasn't played since August with an Achilles tendon injury, is continuing his comeback in the reserves. Paul Smith is starting to show Alvechurch exactly what they have missed after winning a sixmonth injury fight.

The defender led Church to the Midland Combination double last season but then suffered a serious knee injury in a warm-up game on the eve of their debut in the Alliance.

But Smith, having recovered from surgery to rebuild his ligaments, is quickly becoming an inspirational figure in steering the Lye Meadow side away from the danger zone.

'Having Paul back is a major plus,' said director Steve Denny. 'He's been back for the last four or five games but he needed to get a few games under his belt to get match fit and now he is starting to prove how important he is for us.' Church have been bafflingly inconsistent so far this season. The last seven days have highlighted the best and worst, with a win at title pacesetters Rocester followed by a home defeat to Biddulph.

But with Jamie McWilliams also back fit for today's home game with Stourbridge, they hope a settled side, clear of regular injury interruptions, can build up the momentum to move towards mid-table.
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Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
Date:Jan 17, 2004
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