IT WAS the best 90 minutes Droitwich Spa have had so far this season, admits joint-boss Wayne Oliver following their resounding 5-0 victory over local rivals Fairfield Villa in the first round of the Worcestershire FA Junior Cup.
In a repeat of August’s Bank Holiday Monday clash, which saw the Saltmen claim a dramatic 3-2 win after being 2-0 down at half-time, Saturday’s game was nowhere near as close as Oliver’s men cruised into the quarter-finals where they will meet Welland on Saturday, October 29 (2.30pm KO).
Goals from Max Crisp, Haydn Morris, James Lemon, Bradley Burgess and Matthew Hunt secured the win for Spa at the King George Playing Fields who bounced back in style following their 1-0 Midland League Division Two defeat to Bloxwich Town the week before.
And the performance was met by swift praise from Oliver who told the Standard his side took control of the game from the get-go.
“The players bounced back well from the defeat to Bloxwich – it was the best 90 minutes we have had so far this season,” he said.
“Our shape and discipline was better than last week and we was just a whole lot more clinical all over the pitch.
“We looked like we really wanted to win but we need to make sure we’re more consistent. It was only one game where we have performed this well so we’re not singing from the rooftops.”
Spa will look to continue on from their positive result on Saturday when they begin the defence of the Presidents Cup which they won at the end of last season after beating undefeated league champions Alvis Sporting Club 1-0.
The Saltmen will travel to Feckenham who they comfortably beat 7-2 in mid-August but Oliver, who is boosted by the return of James Halsall from a knee injury, is expecting a much tougher game this time around.
“Feckenham now know how we play and what we are about so it’s going to be difficult,” he added.
“We beat them at their place with ease but since then they have found their feet in the league so it should be a much closer affair.”
The winner of Saturday’s tie will face either Bloxwich Town or Barnt Green Spartak in the quarter-finals.
Meanwhile, defender Mike Seeley (ankle) still remains on the sidelines and is expected to be out of action for a further month.