Football
Spa bid to build on first away success

By Jamie Arrowsmith Thursday 10 January 2013 Updated: 10/01 16:38

DROITWICH Spa will aim to build on their second Midland Combination Division One victory of the season when entertaining Knowle tomorrow (2pm).

Tom Goss’ side picked up their first away success of the campaign when winning 2-0 at FC Glades Sporting on Saturday, a win which lifted them up to 15th place in the table ahead of tomorrow’s visit of ninth placed Knowle.

As with the majority of sides in the league, Spa’s Christmas fixtures were disrupted by the wet weather but they did see some action on Boxing Day when falling to a 2-1 defeat at leaders Cadbury Athletic.

Despite the defeat, Goss said he was thrilled with the performance that day and was not surprised his men picked up a positive result when returning to action in 2013.

“The win has been coming to be fair because some of our recent performances have been excellent,” he said.

“Against Cadbury and even when beaten 3-1 by Hampton the game before that we have produced some excellent stuff and were unlucky not to get more out of those games.

“So for the boys to pick up the three points on Saturday was superb and I am delighted for them and for the fact they have been rewarded for all of hard work they have been putting in.”

Steve Pitt gave Spa the lead ten minutes before half time and they doubled their advantage early in the second half through Tyler Peters.

Glades possibly had the better of things in the first half but once they got themselves ahead, Spa looked comfortable and deservedly held on.

“Both goals came at ideal times in the game and helped us secure the perfect result at the perfect time,” Goss said.

“We are fully aware that one game does not alter things as far as the league table is concerned, we are still down there and we are still scrapping.

“But the performances are on an upward curve and hopefully that will continue to be the case.”

Looking ahead to the challenge presented by Knowle, Goss said: “We will have to up our levels again tomorrow because they are a very good side who very rarely have a bad day at the office.

“We are heading into a tough run of games now but we can do so with some confidence behind us. The good thing about playing some of the better sides is that it gives us a chance to see where we are in comparison to them and what we need to do to keep improving.”

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