SALTMEN manager Mark Owen says confidence is high going into Saturday’s (3pm) league meeting with Allscott, but accepts his side are in for a tough battle in at Walshes Meadow.
Droitwich Spa progressed to the second qualifying round of the FA Vase last weekend, following a 2-0 victory away at Wednesfield, a side a tier above them in the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division.
An ecstatic Owen re-iterated the importance of making their home turf a fortress this season, starting with their first home game of the season this weekend.
“We take confidence into every game, but from what I’ve been hearing, Allscott have greatly improved this season,” said the Droitwich boss.
“We’re expecting another tough game, it’s our first home game of the season, so we have something to do in getting a winning home record going.”
Spa recorded two victories over their upcoming opponents last term, but face a different opposition this time round with the Shropshire side winning two of their opening three fixtures.
In last weekend’s victory, goals from Connor Collins and Lewis Phillips were enough to see Droitwich progress in an accomplished performance by the Saltmen.
In an opening half hour of chances falling the way of Droitwich, it took until the 35th minute for the visitors to make their dominance count.
A deep cross from Haydn Morris was headed across the face of goal by defender Alex Dugmore, with Collins ghosting in to head home the chance from close range.
Spa were made to wait until the final 20 minutes of play to secure their passage into the next round, when Phillips drove forward from the half-way line, shimmying past a couple of defenders before slamming the ball past the keeper.
The Spa manager hailed the “massive” result and the importance of securing a second win of the season, before giving his thoughts on new signing Reece Jacobs – who made his debut from the bench.
“We’ve brought Reece in, he gives us another option going forward,” said Owen.
“He’s quick and strong, but he’s been playing catch up having not played many games of late.
“He was training at Heather St. John’s before he arrived, we gave him 20 minutes and he did well.”