21st Mar, 2019

Droitwich Spa need to be more ruthless, says joint-boss Oliver

Craig Gibbons 9th Nov, 2016 Updated: 10th Nov, 2016

WAYNE OLIVER is calling on his squad to be more clinical in front of goal following their scrappy 1-0 victory over Leamington Hibernian on Saturday.

The Saltmen moved up to third in Midland League Division Two as Nick Seabourne’s third minute strike was enough to secure the win for the hosts.

However, the margin could have and should have been much bigger as a number of key chances went begging for Spa including James Lemon’s missed penalty after 21 minutes.

Despite the narrow victory, joint-boss Oliver said he had no complaints with the result but has urged his squad to be more ruthless in front of goal.

He said: “We are winning games but we’re not dominating in terms of goals.

“We’re only dominating in terms of chances created and possession.

“It’s one of those phases you go through but we’re winning scrappy and still up there so we can’t be too disappointed with our performance.

“People keep talking about James Lemon not scoring plenty of goals but he’s a marked man this year and it’s everybody’s responsibility to score.

“James’ work rate is phenomenal and once he scores more goals will arrive but the whole team needs to be more clinical when it comes to chances created.”

Spa will hope to find the net more often on Saturday (3pm KO) when they travel to fifth placed Barnt Green Spartak who have only lost one home game so far this season.

Goalkeeper Matthew Oliver is expected to return to action while Mike Seeley (ankle) who featured in the 1-0 win over Hibernians is a doubt.

James Halsall (knee) and Jack Brighton (hamstring) are also unavailable but boss Oliver is looking forward to the test.

“Barnt Green is always a tough place to go to,” he added.

“They are a budget side, they pay a lot of money to ground-share at Highgate United so they will want to be out of this division.

“It would be a massive step forward for us if we got something out of the game on Saturday.”

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