FOOTBALL - Saltmen soar to summit with back-to-back bank holiday wins - The Droitwich Standard

FOOTBALL - Saltmen soar to summit with back-to-back bank holiday wins

DROITWICH Spa soared to the top of the Midland Football League Division One table after wins against Stapenhill and Coventry Copsewood over the bank holiday weekend.

The Saltmen claimed a hard-fought 1-0 win against Stapenhill before then impressively seeing off Coventry 2-0 to take maximum points from the two home matches at the King George Playing Fields.

Droitwich now sit top of the table and are two points clear of their nearest challengers having won six of their opening seven league matches.

Spa made a slow start against Stapenhill as a couple of dangerous crosses flashed across the Droitwich box and evaded the heads of the onrushing Swans players.

The home side eventually found their rhythm, despite Ollie Thompson and Callum Green both picking up knocks, with James Lemon twice denied.

And Spa almost broke the deadlock shortly before half time when Alex Dugmore’s powerful header was cleared off the line by Lewis Campbell.

However, the Saltmen were quick out of the blocks in the second period as the returning Connor Collins scored what proved to be the winning goal on 48 minutes with a fine half-volley from Lemon’s chipped ball.

Spa could have extended their lead but were thwarted by Paul Hollis in the Stapenhill goal and remained resolute in defence to secure their first clean sheet since the opening weekend of the season.

And Droitwich backed up that result with another fine performance against Coventry as Spa produced a scintillating first-half display.

Perry Moss rattled the base of the post early on before Collins headed in the opener from close range on 18 minutes when he was picked out by Haydn Morris’s deep cross from the left.

And Droitwich doubled their lead just five minutes later when a Copsewood defender put through his own net under pressure from Dugmore.

Andy Crowther’s side could have pulled further clear with Morris, Lemon and Collins all denied by Coventry goalkeeper Nathan Pearce.

And Copsewood spurned several gilt-edged chances in the second half as Brad Taylor hit the crossbar before Matt Oliver saved well from Charlie Gordon’s free kick

Droitwich are next in action against third-placed Bilston Town on Tuesday, September 6 with kick-off at 7.45pm at the King George Playing Fields.


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