FOOTBALL - Saltmen make perfect start in three-goal win at Chelmsley - The Droitwich Standard

FOOTBALL - Saltmen make perfect start in three-goal win at Chelmsley

Aaron Sutcliffe 8th Aug, 2022 Updated: 8th Aug, 2022   0

DROITWICH Spa made a dream start to life as a step six club as Andy Crowther’s side eased to a comfortable 3-0 win against Chelmsley Town.

Spa were dominant throughout at Pack Meadow as Connor Collins, James Lemon and Alex Dugmore all found the net to send the Saltmen up to second in the Midland Football League Division One table.

The Saltmen handed a debut to Matt Tyler in midfield as Crowther showed faith in the squad that earned promotion last season by starting 10 of last term’s title winners.

And Spa were in control for much of the first half as a spate of half-chances went begging whilst Chelmsley tried their luck from distance to no avail.




The deadlock was broken on 35 minutes when Collins won and converted a penalty after he was pushed from behind before coolly sending the goalkeeper the wrong way from the spot.

And Spa doubled their lead before the break when Lemon curled a delightful effort into the top corner from the edge of the penalty area to send the sizeable contingent of Droitwich fans into delirium.


Crowther’s men recovered from a slow start in the second period to almost treble their advantage with Lemon’s tantalising drilled cross just evading the reach of Collins.

Spa handed debuts to Ollie Thompson and Ben Cowlishaw off the bench with the former forcing the Chelmsley keeper into a fine save whilst the latter was twice denied when in promising positions.

Droitwich eventually sealed the win on 86 minutes with another fine finish as Dugmore rose highest at the back post to meet Lewis Phillips’ deep free-kick and loop a header into the far corner.

The Saltmen are next in action away at Ingles on Saturday, August 13 with kick-off at 3pm at Dovecote Stadium.

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