20th Aug, 2017

Weekend fixtures are season defining, says Droitwich Spa joint-boss Oliver

Craig Gibbons 15th Mar, 2017

DROITWICH Spa joint-boss Wayne Oliver believes the results of this weekend’s fixtures could define who secures promotion from Midland League Division Two.

The Saltmen entertain local rivals Redditch Borough at the King George Playing Fields on Saturday while title favourites Alvis Sporting Club take on fellow promotion hopefuls Paget Rangers.

Third placed Rangers, who suffered a 3-2 defeat to Smithswood Firs on yesterday (Tuesday), sit 18 points behind league leaders Spa but have five games in hand.

Spa also have to travel to Boldmere-based Rangers on April 11 in what will be a promotion six-pointer.

Therefore Oliver has urged his side to keep on winning as they bid to reach Midland League Division One for the first time in their history.

“With us facing in-form Redditch and Alvis taking on Paget, it’s a massive weekend of football which will affect the finishing positions in the league,” he said.

“If Alvis can beat Paget then I think they will win the league and then we are in with a good shout of finishing in the top two.

“But if Paget win then I think we could be looking at third – it’s a season defining weekend.

“We have got four games left and if the players can’t get up for those then they won’t get up for anything.

“All we can do now is keep winning because if we do, Paget can’t catch us as we have to go to them in our penultimate game of the season.”

In-form Spa go in to the clash against Borough on the back of Saturday’s 3-0 victory at Leamington Hibernian, a result which extended the Saltmen’s unbeaten league run to 11 games.

After a goal-less first half, Louis Bridges gave the visitors the lead from the penalty spot before James Lemon bagged a double to secure the points for Spa.

“It was a pretty even first half but after the break we completely dominated the game,” Oliver added.

“The pitch was not the greatest but all in all it was a job well done.

“Louis is slowly getting back to fitness after recovering from an injury which kept him out for 18 months while James played his first full 90 minutes in three months which was pleasing”

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