25th Mar, 2019

Droitwich Spa crowned league CHAMPIONS without even kicking a ball

Craig Gibbons 1st May, 2017 Updated: 1st May, 2017

DROITWICH Spa have been crowned champions of Midland League Division Two without even having to kick a ball.

For three weeks the Saltmen have been waiting to see if they would lift their first-ever league crown and their dreams came true this afternoon (Monday) as closest rivals Alvis Sporting Club suffered a 4-2 defeat at Redditch Borough.

Jamie Hatfield (3) and Liam Fullerton got the goals to ensure Spa were crowned Division Two champions for the first time in their 32-year history.

Wayne Oliver’s and Mark Owen’s men ended their season on April 15 with a 1-1 draw against Coventry side Alvis, a result which guaranteed promotion to Division One with 65 points.

However, Alvis had six games left of their season to play knowing they needed just 11 points from the 18 available to clinch the league title for a second successive year.

But two days after their draw at Spa, Alvis were held to a 0-0 stalemate at Smithswood Firs before a shock 2-0 home defeat to Earlswood Town on April 20.

A couple of days later though second placed Alvis enjoyed a 4-0 victory over Fairfield Villa which was followed up with a 3-1 victory at Feckenham on April 25.

There was still more drama to come though as last season’s invincible champions were held to a 1-1 draw at Knowle on Saturday, a result which ensured the title race would go right down to the wire.

But it would be Spa who would be the ones celebrating come full time as Alvis could not pick up the crucial three points they needed.

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