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1st Team - Match centre

Sikh Hunters
Droitwich Spa
Full time
M Seeley (4'), J Lemon (49', 55'), H Morris (68')
Sat 11 Aug 15:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One

Spa hit the ground running

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Sikh Hunters 0-4 Saltmen

The Saltmen got off to the perfect start in their WMRL Division 1 campaign with a 4-0 victory at Sikh Hunters.

The result was maybe harsh on the hosts, who enjoyed plenty of possession but lacked composure in front of goal.

Spa Captain Mike Seeley opened the scoring on just 4 minutes as Haydn Morris's deep free kick found the centre back whose header looped over Liam Haynes in the Hunters goal in to the far corner.

Lemon and Burgess had further chances while Jack Allerton was millimetres away from turning in James Lemon's drilled low cross.

Hunters' physical style didn't seem to unsettle Spa who looked well organised and defended well throughout.

Former Stourbridge striker Justin Nesbitt came closest for the hosts but aside from that, Matty Oliver was seldom troubled during the first half, despite Hunters applying plenty of pressure and enjoying the majority of possession in Droitwich's half.

The Saltmen needed to find some composure for the second half, but they came out brightly and doubled their lead within 5 minutes of the re-start - Crowther's cross/shot found its way through to James Lemon, whose powerful close-range drive was well saved by the legs of Haynes, but he could only succeed in helping the ball in to the net.

Sikh Hunters were clearly rattled, and a reckless decision by towering centre back Matt Hall to kick out at James Lemon while the front man was already floored saw him receive a straight red card.
Hunters then suffered by losing the dangerous Danny Bell who limped off with an ankle injury shortly after and Droitwich took full advantage as they enjoyed their best spell of the game and extended their lead when Lemon got on the end of Andy Crowther's cross.

More chances came and went; most notable for Bradley Burgess and substitute Jack Davies who squandered chances when through on goal.

The game was up though when Haydn Morris curled in a delightful free kick from 25 yards to put the result beyond doubt.

Hunters kept going until the end, and should have registered at least two goals, however matt oliver was in inspired form saving at close range from the lively Hinesh Patel and latterly substitute Dan Jones.

An excellent win and all-round good performance from Spa who defended resolutely and were clinical in front of goal.

Next up is a trip to Gornal Athletic on Saturday 18 August (ko 3pm).

Mike Seeley

Player of the Match

Mike Seeley

Key moments

4:00
Goal Mike Seeley scores for Droitwich Spa
49:00
Goal James Lemon scores for Droitwich Spa
55:00
Goal James Lemon scores for Droitwich Spa
68:00
Goal Haydn Morris scores for Droitwich Spa

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Mike Seeley is awarded player of the match for Droitwich Spa
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
matt oliver keeps a clean sheet for Droitwich Spa
74:00 Sub Off
Jack Allerton is substituted off for Droitwich Spa
74:00 Sub On
Jack Davies is substituted on for Droitwich Spa
71:00 Sub Off
Haydn Morris is substituted off for Droitwich Spa
71:00 Sub On
Dan Cottrill is substituted on for Droitwich Spa
68:00 Goal 0 - 4
Haydn Morris scores for Droitwich Spa
65:00 Sub Off
Cory Rudd is substituted off for Droitwich Spa
65:00 Sub On
Jonathan Brooks is substituted on for Droitwich Spa
55:00 Goal 0 - 3
James Lemon scores for Droitwich Spa
55:00 Assist
Andy Crowther makes an assist for Droitwich Spa
49:00 Goal 0 - 2
James Lemon scores for Droitwich Spa
49:00 Assist
Andy Crowther makes an assist for Droitwich Spa
End of period 1
4:00 Goal 0 - 1
Mike Seeley scores for Droitwich Spa
4:00 Assist
Haydn Morris makes an assist for Droitwich Spa
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Sikh Hunters
  • Droitwich Spa
  • 0
  • Mike Seeley Goal 4:00'
  • Haydn Morris Assist 4:00'
  • James Lemon Goal 49:00'
  • Andy Crowther Assist 49:00'
  • James Lemon Goal 55:00'
  • Andy Crowther Assist 55:00'
  • Cory Rudd Sub Off 65:00'
  • Jonathan Brooks Sub On 65:00'
  • Haydn Morris Goal 68:00'
  • Dan Cottrill Sub On 71:00'
  • Haydn Morris Sub Off 71:00'
  • Jack Davies Sub On 74:00'
  • Jack Allerton Sub Off 74:00'

Team selection

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2
1
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Wyrley
P
P

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Worcester Raiders 32 79
2. Darlaston Town (1874) 32 78
3. Droitwich Spa 32 69
4. Sikh Hunters 32 64
5. Team Dudley 32 59
6. Wrens Nest 32 54
7. Old Wulfrunians 32 49

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