ADAM DREW praised unbeaten table-toppers Droitwich for their best performance of the season so far – but predicted they will get better.
Despite having to play much of the second half with 14 players, Droitwich produced a resilient, steely display to end Manor Park’s 13-match winning run in the Midlands Three West (South).
It meant Spa became the first team to leave Manor Park with a victory in 83 weeks and they now lead the league by four points.
Director of rugby Drew was delighted with the performance, especially with a depleted XV due to half-term holidays unavailabilities.
“To keep Manor Park to just five points, especially with 14 men, was a brilliant effort,” said Drew
“We played some fantastic rugby. We’ve set ourselves a benchmark now.
“It’s probably our best win so far. It showed how much stronger we are as a team, not individuals.
“But can we improve? Yes we can. We are not going to rest on our laurels. We are going to come out with all guns blazing in every game.”
Droitwich led 19-0 at half-time, thanks to tries from Matt Barnes, Pete Knight and Brad Smith.
The sending-off for injudicious words to referee Lee Foster changed the dynamic of the game and Park hit back with a Chris Morewood try. However, Droitwich’s line remained otherwise unbroken as they sealed a sixth win out of six.
“From my point of view, it wasn’t about the win, it was about how we started the game and how we dealt with the opposition,” said Drew. “We were without five or six players but to go to Manor Park and come away with the win shows how far we’ve come.
“We are getting more and more depth in the squad and that’s great for the future. We’re able to field four senior teams and we’ve worked hard to build some momentum to take Droitwich Spa Rugby Club forward.”
Drew says Droitwich will welcome back a near full squad, with Sam O’Brien among the players returning, for the home game against Old Coventrians tomorrow (Saturday).