22nd Mar, 2019

The Saltmen off the boil after first losses of 2019

Ben Tyler 6th Mar, 2019

DROITWICH Spa FC fell to successive defeats in West Midlands (Regional) League Division One, going down 2-1 to Wrens Nest on Tuesday night following a 3-2 loss to Old Wulfrunians on Saturday.

A loss away to seventh-placed Wrens Nest on Tuesday night proved a dour affair, with Spa’s goal coming courtesy of an own goal in Tividale.

It left hopes of a mount for the summit of the table in doubt, after already dropping points three days earlier.

Their display at Old Wulfrunians was only their fifth of the season, and their first of 2019, but they will accept they were not at their best against their opponents.

The Saltmen started promisingly, going close through Ben Tilbury on a number of occasions, whilst Haydn Morris also remained a threat.

Old Wulfrunians always looked a threat against the run of play, and capitalised on a failed clearance to go ahead with a finish on the far post by Richard Palmer.

The deficit was doubled to leave Spa with a real task on their hands five minutes later.

A cross from the right fell perfectly for Nathan Lodge to loop a header over Connor Coombes, who was rooted to the spot.

Droitwich appeared more spirited after the interval, but were not playing at their full potential and struggled to break down Old Wulfs.

Chris Conway gave some hope on 55 minutes though, when being brought down inside the area to earn himself a penalty.

Although his initial penalty was saved by Jamie Bostock, he made no mistake with the rebound and tucked away.

Chances fell for Tilbury and Conway, but with an equaliser not being seized, a further set-back arrived when Scott Stevenson picked up a through ball and rounded Coombes to tap home a third.

Conway would find the net again with a half-volley from the edge of the area into the net via the post, but it was too little, too late for Spa.

Looking to pick themselves up, they will have to wait until next Wednesday (13th) when they host Wellington Amateurs (7:45pm), who sit ninth in the table.

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