FOOTBALL - Droitwich Spa boss Crowther admits league title win is still unbelievable - The Droitwich Standard
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12th Aug, 2022

FOOTBALL - Droitwich Spa boss Crowther admits league title win is still unbelievable

DROITWICH Spa manager Andy Crowther admits it still feels “unbelievable” after the club clinched promotion to step six of non-league football for the first time in their history.

The Saltmen embarked on a miraculous run of form that saw them win their final 11 games of the season in the space of a month to win the West Midlands Regional League Division One title.

Droitwich had to wait two weeks before they were officially crowned league champions and lifted the league shield following a penalty shootout defeat to Bromyard Town in the final of the League Cup.

And Spa manager Crowther is full of praise for his players who defied the odds to lift the title following a crucial 3-2 win against nearest challengers Gornal Athletic in their final game of the season.

Crowther said: “It’s still unbelievable, we played 13 games in the space of a month and it shows that what we’ve put together at Droitwich is an unbelievable squad.

“To only lose one game from October and go on the run that we did is unbelievable, the lads have been out of this world for the whole season and bought into everything.

“It shows in winning the league and getting promoted and moving up to step six.

“This is my first manager’s job, I was given the opportunity by the board, I didn’t expect what has happened to have happened but all the lads deserve it.”

Droitwich will play in the Midland Football League Division One next season and feels the next step for the club is to qualify for the FA Cup.

Crowther added: “Playing wise, I will probably look at adding a couple of players, I don’t think I need a lot because I know the squad I’ve got will step up.

“I know the players can do it, I’ve got every confidence in them and they all deserve a crack at it.

“We want to compete, our next big thing is for us to get into the FA Cup, we’re not just going up to make the numbers up, we’re going up to push on and see if we can do that.

“I think the level we’re going up to suits us more, nothing against the league we’ve been in, it’s a tough league, the higher up the pyramid you go the more football there is being played and that’s what we encourage the players to do.

“It’s great to have a month off now but I think the lads are going to come back, fingers crossed at Droitwich, everyone will be on a high and we should hit the ground running.”

Spa’s extraordinary end to the season saw them play three games a week in the final month of the campaign and the club hope to move back to the town of Droitwich next term in their new ground.

He said: “With that period it was about managing the players, three games a week is difficult for anyone, it doesn’t matter who you are but it was mainly the adrenaline that got them through it.

“Knowing what the outcome was if we didn’t succeed and win all the games and get the points, it was adrenaline, we utilised the squad and it showed that players could step up when we needed them to.

“We went behind in a couple of difficult games in the last month and to come back and win those just shows the character this group of lads have got.

“We’re a group of mates, they’ve bought into me being manager, the mutual respect and trust is there both ways, we’re like a little family and it shows in the way the season has gone.”

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