23rd Oct, 2018

Oliver: Droitwich Spa not disappointed with draw against high-flying Team Dudley

Craig Gibbons 26th Sep, 2018

DROITWICH Spa missed the chance to overhaul West Midlands (Regional) League Division One leaders Team Dudley at the weekend after the two sides drew 1-1 – but joint-boss Wayne Oliver was happy to come away with the point.

After a goalless first period on Saturday afternoon at Walshes Meadow, the home of Stourport Swifts, the Saltmen were indebted to a number of fine saves from Matt Oliver to keep Dudley at bay at the start of the second period.

Nathan Jones also had an effort cleared off the line before Daniel Hadley hit the angle of post and crossbar.

Against the run of play Spa took the lead in the 73rd minute when Haydn Morris was on hand to tap home after Francis Rowlands’ shot was parried by Dudley keeper Aaron Sharp.

Dudley continued to press and the visitors managed to grab the equaliser in the fifth minute of stoppage time when James Fletcher found the far corner from inside the area after being played in by Daniel Harvey.

“The disappointment of losing the lead so late on did not last for long,” said Oliver.

“We said to the lads at half-time we would gladly take a point off them.

“We had a few half chances which we did not capitalise on and we paid the price for that.

“However, I feel if we had came away with the three points it would not have been a fair reflection of the game.”

Spa now turn their attentions to the Worcestershire FA Junior Cup on Saturday when they play host to Cheltenham League Division One outfit Hanley Swan.

The game will be played at the King George Playing Fields in Droitwich (2pm KO).

The Saltmen then return to league action on Tuesday night (7.45pm KO) when they make the trip to Bromyard Town.

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