FOOTBALL - Saltmen beaten in six-goal thriller at Paget Rangers - The Droitwich Standard

FOOTBALL - Saltmen beaten in six-goal thriller at Paget Rangers

DROITWICH Spa suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season after the Saltmen were beaten 4-2 at Paget Rangers on Tuesday night.

Spa fell behind on the stroke of half time and were three goals down heading into the final 20 minutes before Keatley Charles struck twice to give Droitwich hope of an unlikely comeback.

However, Paget netted their fourth goal in injury time to seal the points in an entertaining affair at Coles Lane.

The result leaves Droitwich in fifth place in the Midland Football League Division One table.

Both teams observed an impeccable minute’s silence in memory of Queen Elizabeth II prior to kick-off as Droitwich went close with two early chances.

And Spa goalkeeper Matt Oliver made a superb save shortly before the break to keep out Timmy Oyanda but was unable to stop Harry Jackson’s under-the-wall free-kick from 20-yards out minutes later.

Andy Crowther’s side went close again at the start of the second period before Paget doubled their lead on the hour mark with Jackson on hand to score from 25-yards out after Oliver had cut out an initial chance.

And the home side extended their lead on 70 minutes when substitute Delcio Neto scored at the back post from Jamie Smith’s lofted pass.

Spa responded almost immediately when Charles scored his first competitive goal for the club and then grabbed his second in the final minute of normal time to set up a grandstand finish.

However, Paget put the game to bed shortly after when substitute Famhe Ibrahim completed the scoring to inflict a third defeat on the Saltmen this season.

Droitwich are next in action at home to Dudley Town on Saturday, September 17 with kick-off at 3pm at the King George Playing Fields.

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