19th Jan, 2019

Oliver: Droitwich Spa prepared for visit of 'champions elect' NKF Burbage

Craig Gibbons 15th Feb, 2018 Updated: 15th Feb, 2018

IRRITATED Droitwich Spa joint-boss Wayne Oliver has stated it is a ‘mockery’ to be playing the final two-thirds of the season just a couple of months before their Midland League Division Two campaign ends.

The Saltmen have not played a competitive fixture since their penalty shoot-out defeat to Smithswood Firs in the Les James Challenge Cup on January 13 and still have 17 league games left to play between now and the end of April/start of May.

And after having Saturday’s Worcestershire FA Junior Cup semi-final clash at league rivals Feckenham postponed for a second consecutive weekend, that tie has been re-arranged for next Saturday.

But before then Spa will hope to get some action under their belts on Saturday when they welcome league leaders NKF Burbage to Walshes Meadow – the home of Stourport Swifts – hoping to avenge the 3-1 defeat to the Leicestershire side from earlier in the season.

It will be Spa’s first league game since December 23.

“Having all these postponements is purely frustrating and with the way it’s going this season will be running into the next,” said Oliver.

“There is not an awful lot we can do about it though, as the weather is beyond our control.

“But it is making a mockery of the season having to play the final two-thirds of the campaign in a short space of time.

“Hopefully we can get the game on this weekend because we would like to reverse the defeat to Burbage who are looking like champions elect.”

Only Graham Pardoe (holiday) is missing for the Burbage clash while Chris Glover (hamstring) faces a late fitness test.

“Burbage are a hungry, determined and well organised side,” said Oliver.

“They remind me of us last year and it is going to be a big ask to beat them with the fact nobody has played for more than a month.”

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