FOOTBALL - Spa edge out Copsewood in thriller - The Droitwich Standard

FOOTBALL - Spa edge out Copsewood in thriller

Aaron Sutcliffe 18th Oct, 2022 Updated: 18th Oct, 2022   0

DROITWICH Spa came from behind to beat Coventry Copsewood 3-2 thanks to goals from Jack Davies, Perry Moss and Luke Molloy.

Spa trailed at the break until Davies, Moss and Molloy all struck to put the Saltmen in command before Coventry scored a late consolation at Copsewood Sports and Social Club.

The result means Spa sit sixth in the Midland Football League Division One table and are unbeaten in their last three league matches.

Droitwich captain James Lemon had the game’s first chance which was well-saved by Copsewood goalkeeper Olly Manuel.

And the visitors were denied again soon after as Davies’ powerful strike took two deflections only for Manuel to make a stunning fingertip save to tip the ball over the crossbar.

It was then Spa goalkeeper Matt Oliver’s turn to keep the game scoreless as he made a fine save from Danny Lole’s close range effort after Bryan Kohyrelon’s chipped effort went narrowly wide.

And Copsewood broke the deadlock on 35 minutes when a low corner travelled through a crowd bodies and ended up in Oliver’s net at his near post.

Oliver made another superb stop to keep Spa in the game early in the second half as he denied Jean Patric Gomes whilst Lemon had a shot saved from point blank range at the other end.

The Saltmen drew level on the hour mark when Davies lashed a half-volley into the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area.

And Spa completed the turnaround within a minute as Moss fired across goal and into the bottom corner from Connor Collins’ flick on.

The visitors thought they had won a penalty soon after when Collins was fouled in the box only for play to be brought back for an offside.

However, Spa grabbed their third goal when Molloy controlled Oliver’s long ball upfield and produced a clinical finish past Manuel.

Copsewood eventually pulled a goal back on 80 minutes when substitute Jordan King finished at the back post despite the best efforts of Cory Rudd.

And the home side called for a penalty late on only for the referee to overrule his assistant, who had flagged for a spot kick, as Spa went home with the points.

Droitwich host Worcester City in the Worcestershire Senior Cup TONIGHT (Tuesday, October 18) with kick-off at 7.45pm at the King George Playing Fields.

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