DROITWICH Spa joint-boss Wayne Oliver believes a lack of luck is behind their recent Midland League Division Two woes.
The Saltmen have only won just one of their last five league outings following their 1-0 defeat to last season’s invincible champions Alvis Sporting Club on Saturday.
Daniel Pidgeon’s 38th-minute strike was enough to secure the win for the new league leaders who are yet to lose after eight games.
Spa will consider themselves not to have gained something from the match though, as they had a penalty shout turned down and two shots cleared off the line in dramatic fashion.
And with that kind of luck going against them, Oliver believes the Saltmen need something to go their way to return to winning ways.
“We could not have done a lot more on Saturday because we were the better side, we created more chances and played good football but it’s disappointing to come away with nothing,” he said.
“Another world class goal-line clearance, similar to the one against Feckenham, has kept them ahead and we had a penalty turned down so we were very unlucky.
“We just need something to break our way, a decision in our favour just to get us back into the winning groove.”
Spa have a break from league action on Saturday as they continue their defence of the Worcestershire FA Saturday Junior Cup at Welland (2pm KO) in a repeat of last season’s semi-final, which the Saltmen won 2-0.
But with Jack Brighton (knee), James Halsall (knee) and Matthew Hunt (holiday) all unavailable for the quarter-final clash, Oliver says its imperative to progress into the next round.
“We’re very thin on the ground this weekend so it’s extra important for us to go out and win on Saturday,” he added.
“As we’re the holders of the county cup, we want to give it another go to hold it for another year.
“It’s imperative we win on Saturday.”