22nd Sep, 2018

Oliver warns Droitwich Spa cannot afford to keep starting games slowly

Craig Gibbons 13th Sep, 2018 Updated: 13th Sep, 2018

JOINT-BOSS Wayne Oliver has told Droitwich Spa they cannot afford to start slowly if they want to come away with victory against visiting Sikh Hunters this weekend.

Despite claiming four wins from their opening five games since switching from Midland League Division Two to West Midlands (Regional) League Division One, Oliver admitted the Saltmen are yet to put on a ‘complete’ performance throughout 90 minutes.

Spa had to come from behind last Saturday to edge out Newport Town 2-1 but Oliver knows they need to perform better on Saturday to down a Sikh Hunters side which is high on confidence having inflicted a first league defeat of the season on Darlaston Town at the weekend.

“We have got off to a flying start in this new division but we need to be alert from the very first minute until the final whistle,” said Oliver.

“We are going to be in for a very physical battle against Sikh Hunters who are on a high right now.

“It’s a game where we cannot afford to be asleep at any stage of the game.”

Newport took the lead against Spa in the 25th minute through Tom Fallon before an own goal and Curtis Townley penalty in the second half secured the win for Spa.

The Standard  had reported earlier in the season how Spa had switched to a new style of play but Oliver revealed the club might be going back to their old ways of playing.

“It’s early stages of the season but I think this new style might be affecting how we start games,” he added.

“We have already discussed about reverting back to our old ways because under that system we were more comfortable throughout the 90 minutes.

“However, we will persevere with it for a little while longer and take it from there.”

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