15th Nov, 2019

Saltmen keep "setting standards" after Vase heroics

Ben Tyler 17th Oct, 2019

MARK Owen has urged his players on to claim victory away to Tipton Town this weekend, after the Saltmen marched into the second round of the FA Vase.

Jordan Cox’s double stunned step-nine outfit Whitchurch Alport at Walshes Meadow last weekend, continuing their record run in the competition.

While he admits it will be a difficult task to stir up the same desire to win on Saturday (3pm), Owen says Droitwich will be buoyed by last weekend.

“It’s a case of keep going, the lads are setting standards,” he said.

“So the gun is already loaded for my half-time team talk, it’ll be difficult to replicate the same circumstances on Saturday, but if we do the same jobs that the players have been set out to do, then we’ve got every chance and we go into it full of confidence.”

After drawing another step-nine side in Lye Town, who play in the Midland Football League Premier Division, the Droitwich boss is wary of the task at hand when the two sides go head-to-head on Saturday November 2.

“Obviously it’ll be another tough task,” said Owen.

“They’ve got a new manager, so it could all be changed by the time we play them, so the results beforehand go out of the window a little bit.

“It’s another one-off game, it’ll be very difficult – I’ve been there before and it’s a difficult place to go and play.”

Droitwich have two more fixtures in West Midlands (Regional) League Division One to play before then, but Owen insists it will not be a difficult task to keep his players focused before returning to FA Vase action, adding: “I think the lads will take each games as it comes.

“They’ve listened to what me and Andy have had to say and they’ve stuck to the game plans we’ve set out.

“So it’s down to each individual to keep doing their job.”

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