9th Dec, 2018

Oliver: Droitwich Spa looking to halt top-five ‘curse’

Craig Gibbons 28th Nov, 2018

DROITWICH Spa will be aiming to bring an end to their disappointing record against teams in the top-five of West Midlands One on Saturday when they visit Team Dudley.

The Saltmen have yet to beat teams they would consider to be promotion rivals, having drawn 1-1 with fourth-placed Team Dudley, been beaten twice by league leaders Darlaston Town and edged out 3-2 by fifth-placed Worcester Raiders.

It’s a stat joint-boss Wayne Oliver wants to change quickly but he is expecting another tough battle against a Dudley side based around students within Dudley College.

They frustrated Spa at Walshes Meadow in September with a last-gasp equaliser.

“We probably should not have walked away with a point because Team Dudley had more than enough chances to put the game to bed before we took the lead,” said Oliver.

“They’re a very well-drilled, well-organised and well-disciplined side and as close to full-time as you can get.

“We’re going to be playing on their 3G pitch which they’re used to so we’re going to have to be at our best to get something from the game.

“It would be nice to end the curse we have got against teams in the top-five but it will be a tall order.”

Spa go into the game on the back of last Saturday’s 2-1 victory over Inkberrow in the Worcestershire FA Junior Cup.

Dan Cottrill bagged both of the goals for the Saltmen who will play host to Redditch Borough in the semi-finals on Saturday, January 26.

“Inkberrow were tough to break down and you could see why they are doing so well in Midlands Three this season,” said Oliver.

“There were plenty of positives for us to take and we were pleased to progress.”

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