23rd Oct, 2017

Oliver: Droitwich Spa need to find their shooting boots

Craig Gibbons 12th Oct, 2017

JOINT-BOSS Wayne Oliver admits Droitwich Spa are going to have to find their shooting boots if they want to climb up the Midland League Division Two table.

The Saltmen were back in league action on Saturday at Hampton but after missing numerous chances throughout the game, substitute Elton Parpi hit the winner in the first minute of second half stoppage time for the Solihull side.

Defeat for Spa sees them languishing in tenth place after six games and with a home game against youthful Feckenham this Saturday, Oliver told the Standard it is vital his side take their chances when they arrive.

“We need to start bringing our shooting boots to every game,” he said.

“We had more than enough chances to win the game at Hampton inside the opening half hour.

“As a unit we restricted Hampton to two clear-cut chances but the difference being they managed to take one of them.

“Defensively we are where we need to be but from an attacking point of view, the chances are being created but we are just not finding the net.

“It is disappointing that we are not scoring but I am not deeply concerned because we are creating the chances to try and score.”

Spa have bolstered their attacking options by re-signing Louis Bridges from Racing Club Warwick.

Bridges left for Warwick in the summer but with chances limited, the former Pershore Town forward returned to Spa and was involved in Saturday’s defeat at Hampton.

“It was a signing which came out of the blue really,” said Oliver.

“He rang us up last week and we cannot thank Warwick enough for letting us get the deal done before the Hampton game so he could be involved.”

The previous meeting between Spa and Feckenham ended in a 3-3 draw last season and Oliver is expecting another tough battle against a side which features the likes of former Bromsgrove Sporting midfielder Umit Eminoglu, rising talent Jack Brimmell and top scorer Daniel Murphy.

“Feckenham are a very talented side,” he said.

“They have had a mixed bag of results so far this season but I expect a tough battle.

“We have got numerous players missing for this weekend so it is going to be a case of a patching up job but we want to get back to winning ways.

“With the fact there is no league game the following Saturday it is important we get something out of this game.”

James Lemon and Chris Glover are suspended while Mike Seeley and Mark Burrows are sidelined through injury.

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