21st Jan, 2018

Droitwich Spa look to end home woes before 2017 is up

Craig Gibbons 21st Dec, 2017

IT IS a case of last chance saloon this weekend for Droitwich Spa to get their first home win of the new Midland League Division Two season before the year is up.

Since moving to Stourport Swifts’ Walshes Meadow in the summer the Saltmen are yet to pick up three points at their new home.

They have managed to win cup games there but joint-boss Wayne Oliver told the Standard it would be nice to finally get a victory in the league before 2017 is over.

But they are in for a tough game as Lee Hendrie’s Moors Academy are the visitors on Saturday.

“We have heard a lot about Moors Academy from other teams,” said Oliver. “The reports coming back say they are a very good footballing side which like to pass the ball around.

“That could be a problem for us because the pitch at Stourport is wider which means there is more ground to cover.

“We want to try and come away with three points because we do not want our woes at home to have a major psychological impact throughout the rest of the season.”

Despite the freezing conditions, Spa managed to beat the weather on Saturday to record a 4-2 victory at local rivals Feckenham.

James Lemon opened the scoring for Spa before Jordan Adams levelled.

But 40 seconds later the Saltmen were back in front when a cross from the right evaded everyone which allowed Haydn Morris to tap home.

After the break it did not take long for the hosts to claw themselves level as Daniel Williams’ deflected shot landed at the feet of Jake Donnelly who made no mistake from a couple of yards out.

With nine minutes remaining Spa regained the lead through Nick Seabourne before Lemon grabbed his second and Spa’s fourth in added time to secure a vital three points.

“We looked like the Droitwich Spa of old,” said Oliver.

“We battled for one another, played well as a team and committed ourselves better than what we have been doing in recent weeks.

“A draw probably would have been a fair result as both sides were going at full tilt.”

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