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27th Nov, 2021

FOOTBALL - Crowther: Droitwich need to be "better" against Bustleholme

DROITWICH Spa manager Andy Crowther has demanded a “better” performance from his side when they host Bustleholme at Walshes Meadow on Saturday afternoon.

 

Spa returned to action after a two-week break last weekend – scoring a late winner in a 2-1 victory away at Allscott Heath to keep the pressure on league leaders Gornal Athletic.

 

That result leaves the Saltmen second in the West Midlands (Regional) League Division One table – 10 points behind Gornal with two games in-hand.

 

And Crowther is expecting a tougher test against Bustleholme this weekend after their opponents beat FC Darlaston 3-1 in their last outing.

 

Crowther said: “They’re a good young team – I expect the energy to be with them – with us playing at home the pitch will suit us.

 

“Hopefully, our performance will be a lot better than last week – it will need to be a lot better than last week because I think they’ll be a much tougher opponent than Allscott.

 

“We need a much-improved performance this week – you could see we had two weeks off.

 

“It was good to have a bit of a team bonding day but missing the two weeks – playing a game is completely different to training.”

 

The Saltmen’s talisman Connor Collins scored twice from the penalty spot in their win against Allscott both of which were won by James Lemon.

 

Having also conceded from a penalty earlier in the game – Crowther was pleased to grind out the victory despite his side not playing at their best.

 

Crowther added: “You could tell we had two weeks off – we looked rusty – it was a below par performance but the main thing was that we snatched the three points at the end.

 

“To still grind out the three points and win – when playing below par – showed me something on Saturday.

 

“The weather and the wind didn’t help the game but you could come out with whatever excuses you want – we just weren’t at the races.

 

“It shows we can grind out results when we’re not at our best.”

 

And as conditions worsen with regards to pitches and weather, Crowther insists his team are not afraid to change their style to adapt to different scenarios.

 

He said: “We always stick to the principles of wanting to go out and play football – depending on what pitch we’re playing at.

 

“If we have to change, we will change and we can change – we always stick to the principle that we want to get the ball down and play football.

 

“We’re not a team that get it at the back and lump it forward, we always try and play the right way – if we need to change it, we can do that as well.”

 

Tickets for Saturday’s game are priced at £4 for adults and £2.50 for concessions.

 

Droitwich’s clash with Bustleholme on Saturday, November 13 takes place at 3pm at Walshes Meadow.

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