Spa bid for further success

By Jamie Arrowsmith 01/03 Updated: 05/03 12:57

DROITWICH Spa picked up their sixth Midland Combination Division One victory of the season on Saturday with a home success against Coton Green.

Richard Goode’s side moved up to 15th place in the table as a result of the 1-0 triumph and will aim to make it back-to-back victories and further boost their chances of avoiding the drop when they travel to Feckenham tomorrow.

Spa are one of three sides locked on 21 points at the wrong end of the table but still have the concern of having played more games than all of the sides around them, making Saturday’s success against Coton Green crucial.

“It was very welcome, especially after the results of the last few weeks,” boss Richard Goode said.

“It was a good performance all-round and we should have won by more in all honesty.

“In many ways it was like the game at Coton Green where we also dominated but thankfully we managed to get the right result on this occasion.

“Keeping a clean sheet was also nice. They didn’t threaten us too much, in fact I don’t think Nick West made a save in the first half, but it was still a good solid performance to keep them out.

“I had my centre halves available again after they were all missing last week and Jack Eaton came in from the reserves to produce a man of the match display at right back on his debut.”

The only goal of the game arrived midway through the first half when a fantastic run from Ben Stanway ended with him crossing for Stu James to tap home.

One of the main reasons for Spa’s struggles in the league this season has been their away form with just one win coming in 13 games. Feckenham do not fare much better with their home record though, having won two out of nine, so both sides will be aiming to improve those records.

“Maybe the smart money is on a draw,” Goode joked.

“I wish I could put my finger on why things have not worked for us away from home, it just hasn’t happened this season.

“Feckenham are not in the best of form themselves but it is always a tough place to go and I know they will give us a real battle.

“We are going looking for three points though and they would be three massive points for us given our position.

“There are six games remaining, four away and two at home, as well as a cup semi-final to look forward to so there are plenty of big games to come.

“Hopefully our win on Saturday will be the start of an upward curve for us and we can finish the season on a high note from here.”

Goode will be without the services of Steve Pitt and Andy Crowther tomorrow but Ben Brogan and Chris Thurbon are expected to be available.

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