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2nd Dec, 2021

FOOTBALL - Crowther does not know what to expect in cup clash

DROITWICH Spa manager Andy Crowther admitted he does not know what to expect when his side host Tenbury United in the Worcestershire Saturday Cup this weekend.

 

Spa had a week off after they were beaten 2-1 by Gornal Athletic a fortnight ago – which marked their first league defeat of the season.

 

Their opponents on Saturday play in Division One of the Herefordshire FA County League and are unbeaten in four matches having won two and drawn two in the league this campaign.

 

Droitwich boss Crowther plans to rotate his squad for Saturday’s cup match but insists his players are more than capable of securing their place in the next round.

 

Crowther said: “I don’t know what to expect from Tenbury – the format of the Worcestershire cup has changed, it’s just one cup this season.

 

“I’ll go out there and treat it like a league game and hopefully we can get through to the next round.

 

“I will be rotating but the players we’ve got coming in are still good enough to win a cup game or a league game – I’ll be going out there to win.

 

“It’s disappointing to have a cup game this week and not a league game, it’s always nice to get back out there and rectify the week before.

 

“It was frustrating but it takes your mind off the league a little bit which is quite nice.”

 

Defeat in their last outing to Gornal sent their opponents seven points clear at the top of the West Midlands (Regional) League Division One table.

 

Perry Moss headed Droitwich into an early lead only for Gornal to snatch the points late on.

 

However, Gornal were beaten by bottom side FC Darlaston last weekend to allow Droitwich the chance to close the gap to four points when they eventually return to league action.

 

And Crowther hopes his side can keep the pressure on the league leaders despite being second best in their encounter at the Garden Walk Stadium.

 

Crowther added: “We played very well in the first 20 minutes and got the goal – then it went a bit scrappy which played into their hands.

 

“I think the best team on the day got the points – they don’t give up, they always look dangerous but they are beatable given their result last weekend.

 

“There’s more pressure on us to close that gap – they’ve got the points already – but I just keep saying to the lads, take each game as it comes.

 

“There’s no point going out there and playing with pressure because it affects the performance but hopefully we’ll keep getting points and put pressure on Gornal.”

 

Droitwich host Tenbury on Saturday, October 30 with kick-off at 2pm at Walshes Meadow.

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