25th Aug, 2019

"A lot of players finding their feet", but early signs positive says Saltmen boss Owen

Ben Tyler 17th Jul, 2019

SALTMEN boss Mark Owen admits that his side could have scored more in their 5-1 friendly victory over Welland on Saturday.

Droitwich responded to their opening pre-season loss to Northfield Town by thrashing the side from the Gloucestershire Northern Senior League, thanks to a Jack Davies hat-trick, Lucas Edmunds strike and a Welland own goal.

Owen said that his players performed extremely well given the circumstances at play during the fixture.

“I was very pleased with the performance, the pitch was difficult to play on, but we dominated possession and could have scored more than we did,” he said.

“With all the chances that we made, it was excellent to see how the squad is looking at the moment.

“It’s another 90 minutes under our belts – which is the most important thing.”

Despite a host of chances in the opening half, Spa were only able to go in one goal ahead at the break, after a low cross by Brad Burgess was turned home by an opposition defender.

But the scoreline quickly began to look more plausible thanks to a 20 minute hat-trick from Davies after the break.

He capped off his scoring spree with a delicate chip over the keeper, with substitute Edmunds tapping home the final goal before Welland finished off the scoring with a consolation.

The Droitwich manager praised the impact of Davies and said that he has been pleased by the early signs of his squad taking shape so far.

“Jack took his goals really well,” he said.

“A lot of players are finding their feet at the moment, particularly at the back where there’s been a lot of personnel changes.

“We’ll be making three or four changes a game in pre-season, it’s just about bedding everyone in at this stage over anything else.”

Owen revealed that one more signing could be on the way, to add to the seven incomings made this summer already – with midfielder Matty Chambers being the latest to join last week.

“We’re potentially looking at one more who’s on trial, but other than that we’re happy with the squad as it is,” said the Saltmen boss.

“It’s important to keep on working on things in training now and keeping at it before our first game against Old Wulfrunians.”

Droitwich face Malvern Town in a friendly at King George Playing Fields on Thursday (7.15pm), before trips to Hinton on Saturday (3pm) and Stourport Swifts (Tuesday, 7.45pm).

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