20th Sep, 2019

Lemon double as the Saltmen ease past Tipton

Ben Tyler 20th Feb, 2019 Updated: 21st Feb, 2019

THE Saltmen had James Lemon to thank for a brace which took them on their way to a 4-0 victory over lowly Tipton Town on Saturday.

Droitwich found themselves down to ten men after a straight red card for goalkeeper Matt Oliver with 74 minutes on the clock.

But Spa continued to press forward despite the man disadvantage and doubled their lead with two further goals late on to claim an emphatic win.

It proved an uninspiring game at times, but events on the pitch sparked into life when Brad Burgess delivered a cross from the right wing and picked out James Lemon – who looped his header into the top-corner.

The hosts responded with a handful of chances, but Spa defended their goal well and were relatively under little pressure.

Spa themselves created chances, but could not test the keeper before the break.

They emerged in more clinical fashion in the second-half, and made it 2-0 before the hour.

Ben Tilbury latched onto the ball from a poor clearance and popped the ball into the bottom-corner from the edge of the area.

Jack Davies’ introduction caused problems for the Tipton defence, but it would be the Saltmen who were next under threat.

With 15 minutes remaining, Ross Harris went one-on-one with Spa keeper Oliver – who subsequently brought down the attacker on the edge of the area and saw red.

Although the red card should have inspired a fightback from the hosts, it was in fact Spa who went on to capitalise.

With stalwart Andy Crowther donning the goalkeeper gloves, Jack Davies went down the other end and fired home, shortly after beating keeper Chris Thomas with a shot that was tapped in by Lemon.

The result means Spa sit in fifth on 49 points having played a number of games less than three of the four sides above them.

They host ninth placed Wren’s Nest tomorrow (3pm), the first game between the two sides before visiting them in the reverse fixture over a week later on 5 March.

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