23rd Jul, 2017

Joint-boss Oliver impressed with Droitwich Spa's pre-season sharpness

Craig Gibbons 13th Jul, 2017

DROITWICH Spa joint-boss Wayne Oliver is pleased with the sharpness of his players during pre-season despite a lack of fitness sessions.

The Saltmen were back in action on Saturday where they picked up a 1-0 victory over Kington Town followed by a 2-1 victory over West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division outfit Bewdley Town on Monday.

Nick Seabourne and Macauley Finch scored twice in the second half to secure the victory over their higher ranked opponents.

“The players have done really well considering they have only been back a week,” Oliver said.

“They are looking very sharp and I am pleased with how we have performed in the last two friendlies.

“We have only had two training sessions and two friendlies whereas in previous years we have done much more fitness work before games.

“Pre-season is all about getting minutes into the legs and that’s what we will be doing in every game before the season starts.”

Spa entertain Malvern Town at the King George Playing Fields on Saturday and Oliver is urging his players to keep on impressing.

“I just want to see them progress and build up their fitness,” he said.

“We are looking to continue on from where we left on Monday.

“I am not looking too much into results, I just want to see players pushing themselves.”

Spa are yet to sign any new players for the upcoming Midland League Division Two season but Oliver told the Standard there will be no rush to bring in new faces.

“Like previous years we will just wait and see which players fall away from clubs as they have not made the matchday squad of 16,” he added.

“We are happy with the bunch we have got right now and will not panic over making new acquisitions.”

Meanwhile, Spa will take part in the FA Vase for the first time in their history on Saturday, September 9 when they travel to Herefordshire side Pegasus Juniors for a first qualifying round encounter.

The winners will then make the trip to Shropshire outfit Shifnal Town on Saturday, September 23.

“Everybody at the club and around the town is buzzing for the FA Vase tie,” Oliver said.

“Pegasus are a decent side with a good set-up and ground so it’s going to be tough.

“However, there is going to be a lot of league games before then.

“We will tackle those first before going all guns blazing for the Vase.”