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Gornal Athletic
Droitwich Spa
Full time
J Lemon (29'), C Townley (52' Pen)
Sat 18 Aug 15:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One

Gornal Athletic 0-2 Saltmen

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Spa record second win in dull encounter

Droitwich Spa notched their second win of the season in as many games as they overcame Gornal Athletic at the Garden Walk Stadium.

The hosts started the better of the two sides, and Droitwich struggled to find any kind of rhythm for the opening 20 minutes as neither 'keeper was forced in to any serious action - Jack Allerton and Bradley Burgess smashed their efforts wide whilst there was a similar outcome for Gornal's Matt Grainger.

It was the visitors who did eventually take the lead, as James Lemon injected some life in to the encounter when his low shot in to the far corner beat 'keeper Ashley Green.

Droitwich rallied until half time and looked alot more dangerous going forward, however the quality of the final ball was all too often lacking. Matty Hunt heading over the bar was the closest Spa came to extending their lead, but the score remained at 0-1 going in to half time.

The Saltmen picked up where they left off in the second half, with both Cory Rudd and Brad Burgess having half chances, but they wouldn't have to wait long to go 2-0 up, as James Lemon was fouled in the area and the returning Curtis Townley stepped up and dispatched the penalty expertly, although Green may have been disappointed that he didn't keep it out.

Mark Owen and Wayne Oliver made several changes after the second goal, and Spa seemed to lose their rhythm with precious few chances.
Both Callum Morris and Jack Davies looked lively - the former feeding another substitute Dan Cottrill but he didn't make the most of his chance, while Lemon couldn't quite get on the end of a low drilled cross to make the score-line more respectable.

At the other end, Spa defended well and restricted Gornal to a solitary chance of note, when substitute Ross Harris fired wide when well positioned.

The game was far from a classic and will not be remembered by those in attendance (including a sizeable away following), but Droitwich got the job done, came home with all three points and now they prepare for an extremely tough looking fixture at Darlaston Town next weekend - another side with a 100% record.

Cory Rudd

Player of the Match

Cory Rudd

Key moments

29:00
Goal James Lemon scores for Droitwich Spa
52:00
Scored Penalty Curtis Townley scores a penalty for Droitwich Spa

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
Cory Rudd is awarded player of the match for Droitwich Spa
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
matt oliver keeps a clean sheet for Droitwich Spa
73:00 Sub On
Jack Davies is substituted on for Droitwich Spa
73:00 Sub Off
Bradley Burgess is substituted off for Droitwich Spa
71:00 Sub On
Dan Cottrill is substituted on for Droitwich Spa
71:00 Sub Off
Jack Allerton is substituted off for Droitwich Spa
65:00 Sub On
Callum Morris is substituted on for Droitwich Spa
65:00 Sub Off
Haydn Morris is substituted off for Droitwich Spa
52:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 2
Curtis Townley scores a penalty for Droitwich Spa
End of period 1
29:00 Goal 0 - 1
James Lemon scores for Droitwich Spa
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As it happened

  • Gornal Athletic
  • Droitwich Spa
  • 0
  • James Lemon Goal 29:00'
  • Curtis Townley Scored Penalty 52:00'
  • Callum Morris Sub On 65:00'
  • Haydn Morris Sub Off 65:00'
  • Dan Cottrill Sub On 71:00'
  • Jack Allerton Sub Off 71:00'
  • Bradley Burgess Sub Off 73:00'
  • Jack Davies Sub On 73:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Worcester Raiders 27 68
2. Darlaston Town (1874) 28 66
3. Sikh Hunters 29 60
4. Team Dudley 29 58
5. Droitwich Spa 26 56
6. Old Wulfrunians 30 46
7. Wrens Nest 27 39

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