FOOTBALL - Collins nets hat-trick as Droitwich Spa put six past Chelmsley - The Droitwich Standard

FOOTBALL - Collins nets hat-trick as Droitwich Spa put six past Chelmsley

Aaron Sutcliffe 19th Feb, 2024 Updated: 20th Feb, 2024   0

CONNOR Collins scored a hat-trick as Droitwich Spa romped to a 6-2 home win against Chelmsley Town.

Collins put Spa ahead before Cory Rudd and Josh Hurdman both struck to give the Saltmen a three-goal lead inside half an hour.

And Collins netted again before the break, completing his treble on 51 minutes, as Alex Dugmore rounded off the scoring at the King George Playing Fields.

The result means Droitwich sit third in the Midland Football League Division One table.

After both Rudd and Hurdman went close for Spa, Chelmsley took the lead on five minutes when Oliver Jeeves tapped into an empty net after the ball ricocheted off home goalkeeper Oliver Sayer.

However, the Saltmen drew level three minutes later as Collins scored from the penalty spot after Nathan Binner drew a foul in the box.

And Rudd completed the turnaround on 14 minutes with a header from Binner’s corner to score his second goal of the season.

Chelmsley goalkeeper Liam Moss kept his side in the contest with a number of fine saves which included a superb fingertip stop to push Binner’s shot on to the crossbar.

The Saltmen eventually extended their lead on 29 minutes when Hurdman raced clear and found the net via the aid of the post from 20-yards out.

And Collins grabbed his second of the game on 38 minutes before the break with a simple tap-in after excellent work from Perry Moss.

Collins completed his hat-trick six minutes after the interval with another finish from close range to score his 19th goal of the season.

Chelmsley player Harry Manton received a straight red card for dissent on the hour mark before Dugmore made is six for Spa on 67 minutes with a header from a corner.

Spa substitute Richard Smith went close to scoring a debut goal on a number of occasions while fellow new signing Lucas Edmonds hit the crossbar from close range.

The visitors scored a late consolation goal through substitute Alfie Chatwin as the Saltmen eased to a fourth consecutive home win in the league.

Droitwich are next in action at home to Stapenhill on Saturday, February 24 with kick-off at 3pm at the King George Playing Fields.

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