FOOTBALL - Droitwich Spa boss Andy Crowther insists club will challenge for promotion again this season - The Droitwich Standard

FOOTBALL - Droitwich Spa boss Andy Crowther insists club will challenge for promotion again this season

Aaron Sutcliffe 26th Sep, 2023 Updated: 28th Sep, 2023   0

DROITWICH Spa manager Andy Crowther insists the club will continue to compete at the top end of the league following last season’s play-off final heartbreak.

Spa have made a strong start to the 2023/24 campaign and sit fourth in the Midland Football League Division One table, six points behind leaders Hinckley AFC with a game in hand.

And having come within 90 minutes of promotion last term, Crowther believes Spa can push on this season as the club attempt to reach step five for the first time in their history.

Crowther said: “It hasn’t been a bad start, we haven’t shown our full potential yet, I feel we can only get better at this stage of the season.

“The league is never won after the first nine or 10 games, it’s a long old season and I think we have the strength in depth in the squad this year to push on.

“The experience of last season, getting to the play-off final and losing, a lot of people have said it’s a one-off.

“I think we’ve shown enough in the first nine or 10 games this season that we’re going to be there or thereabouts again.”

And despite missing a number of first team players through injury in the early stages of the campaign, Crowther praised the club’s togetherness to win six of their opening nine matches.

Crowther added: “We’ve had certain key players out, they’re starting to come back now, I’ve got the majority of the squad back during this break and they’ll be raring to go.

“It helps with competition for places as well, they’re pushing each other on which is good for the whole squad.

“The new signings have settled in well, they’ve bought in to what we’re doing.

“From last season we’ve just followed it on, we’ve got a bit more experience and last season only helps us for this season.

“The togetherness of the whole club has been a real strength, on and off the pitch.

“We’ve always had that at Droitwich and that togetherness gets you through a lot of games.”

Droitwich return to action against Wolverhampton Sporting Community on Saturday, September 30 with kick-off at 3pm at the King George Playing Fields.

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