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Bustleholme
Droitwich Spa
Full time
B Burgess (9', 21'), Unknown (16'), H Morris (38'), J Lemon (49', 50', 73', 66', 88'), C Townley (76' Pen)
Sat 5 Jan 15:00 - West Midlands Regional League - WMRL Division One

Bustleholme 0-10 Saltmen

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Spa break club record to start 2019 in style

The Saltmen put in an excellent all-round performance at York Road and ran riot over lowly Bustleholme to create a club record win and get 2019 off to the best possible start.

Bustleholme were on a good run of form winning their last 3 games, however from the first minute Spa had the pedal to the metal as the hosts fragile looking defence struggled to contain a lively Droitwich front-line and foray's forward from the wing backs.

Before the scoring started, stopper Ben Holden had to be alert to save from Brad Burgess & Ben Tilbury and saw a Jack Davies effort fly wide of the target.

Spa took the lead on 9 minutes after Matty Hunt's cross-shot fell kindly for Brad Burgess who tucked the ball home from close range.

Ben Tilbury caused major problems all afternoon for the home defence, and a neat interchange with Haydn Morris saw him dart to the byline and put in a teasing cross which the unfortunate James Hawthorne diverted into his own net.

There were welcome returns to action for wingers Brad Burgess and Haydn Morris - the latter soon forced a superb save from Holden who tipped Morris's fierce drive onto the cross-bar as Spa applied more pressure.

Bustleholme showed little attacking prowess in the first half - their biggest threat coming from Chris Brown who fired a shot wide, whilst a well positioned free-kick was hit harmlessly wide by James Thompson as Matty Oliver remained untroubled in the visiting goal.

Spa added to their lead as excellent work from Haydn Morris down the left flank set up Brad Burgess who stepped inside and finished well from 10 yards out.
Morris came close once more as a strike from an angle flew narrowly over, but he eventually got the goal which his performance deserved 10 minutes before half time after more excellent work from Ben Tilbury to make it 4-0 to the Saltmen.

James Lemon entered the fray at half time, and it took the leagues leading scorer just 4 minutes to open his account as Ben Tilbury provided the vision and accuracy to set the front-man away to finish clinically.

Just 1 minute later, a dreadful error from home stopper Holden; a weak touch gave Lemon the opportunity to get his second of the afternoon as he rolled the ball into an empty net.

There was then a twenty minute break in the scoring as Bustleholme started to play some football and created a couple of half chances for Brown and Nettleford, but Olivers clean sheet was never seriously threatened.
Max Crisp and Curtis Townley replaced the impressive Cory Rudd and Brad Burgess, and soon after Lemon netted his hat-trick from close range thanks to some sloppy home defending and then added a fourth just moments later thanks once again to Ben Tilbury to make it 0-8.

Spa were then awarded a penalty which Curtis Townley dispatched professionally, and were awarded a 2nd penalty after a trip on James Lemon 7 minutes later.
Townley picked the same side of the goal but saw his spot-kick come back off the post as Bustleholme then cleared their lines.

The scoring wasn't over however as James Lemon scored his 5th of the afternoon and the Saltmen's 10th with a few minutes remaining to wrap up an excellent start to 2019.

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James Lemon

Player of the Match

James Lemon

Key moments

9:00
Goal Bradley Burgess scores for Droitwich Spa
16:00
Goal Goal for Droitwich Spa
21:00
Goal Bradley Burgess scores for Droitwich Spa
38:00
Goal Haydn Morris scores for Droitwich Spa
49:00
Goal James Lemon scores for Droitwich Spa
50:00
Goal James Lemon scores for Droitwich Spa
66:00
Goal James Lemon scores for Droitwich Spa
73:00
Goal James Lemon scores for Droitwich Spa
76:00
Scored Penalty Curtis Townley scores a penalty for Droitwich Spa
88:00
Goal James Lemon scores for Droitwich Spa

Highlights

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90:00 Player of the Match
James Lemon is awarded player of the match for Droitwich Spa
90:00 Clean Sheet Bonus
matt oliver keeps a clean sheet for Droitwich Spa
88:00 Assist
Andy Crowther makes an assist for Droitwich Spa
88:00 Goal 0 - 10
James Lemon scores for Droitwich Spa
82:00 Missed Penalty
Curtis Townley misses a penalty for Droitwich Spa
76:00 Scored Penalty 0 - 9
Curtis Townley scores a penalty for Droitwich Spa
73:00 Goal 0 - 8
James Lemon scores for Droitwich Spa
73:00 Assist
Jack Davies makes an assist for Droitwich Spa
69:00 Sub Off
Bradley Burgess is substituted off for Droitwich Spa
69:00 Sub On
Curtis Townley is substituted on for Droitwich Spa
66:00 Goal 0 - 7
James Lemon scores for Droitwich Spa
57:00 Sub On
Max Crisp is substituted on for Droitwich Spa
57:00 Sub Off
Cory Rudd is substituted off for Droitwich Spa
50:00 Goal 0 - 6
James Lemon scores for Droitwich Spa
49:00 Assist
Ben Tilbury makes an assist for Droitwich Spa
49:00 Goal 0 - 5
James Lemon scores for Droitwich Spa
46:00 Sub On
James Lemon is substituted on for Droitwich Spa
46:00 Sub Off
Haydn Morris is substituted off for Droitwich Spa
End of period 1
38:00 Goal 0 - 4
Haydn Morris scores for Droitwich Spa
38:00 Assist
Ben Tilbury makes an assist for Droitwich Spa
21:00 Goal 0 - 3
Bradley Burgess scores for Droitwich Spa
21:00 Assist
Haydn Morris makes an assist for Droitwich Spa
16:00 Goal 0 - 2
Goal for Droitwich Spa
16:00 Assist
Ben Tilbury makes an assist for Droitwich Spa
9:00 Goal 0 - 1
Bradley Burgess scores for Droitwich Spa
9:00 Assist
Matty Hunt makes an assist for Droitwich Spa
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Bustleholme
  • Droitwich Spa
  • 0
  • Bradley Burgess Goal 9:00'
  • Matty Hunt Assist 9:00'
  • Goal 16:00'
  • Ben Tilbury Assist 16:00'
  • Bradley Burgess Goal 21:00'
  • Haydn Morris Assist 21:00'
  • Haydn Morris Goal 38:00'
  • Ben Tilbury Assist 38:00'
  • Haydn Morris Sub Off 46:00'
  • James Lemon Sub On 46:00'
  • James Lemon Goal 49:00'
  • Ben Tilbury Assist 49:00'
  • James Lemon Goal 50:00'
  • Cory Rudd Sub Off 57:00'
  • Max Crisp Sub On 57:00'
  • James Lemon Goal 66:00'
  • Curtis Townley Sub On 69:00'
  • Bradley Burgess Sub Off 69:00'
  • James Lemon Goal 73:00'
  • Jack Davies Assist 73:00'
  • Curtis Townley Scored Penalty 76:00'
  • Curtis Townley Missed Penalty 82:00'
  • James Lemon Goal 88:00'
  • Andy Crowther Assist 88:00'

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Darlaston Town (1874) 31 75
2. Worcester Raiders 30 73
3. Droitwich Spa 31 66
4. Sikh Hunters 31 61
5. Team Dudley 32 59
6. Old Wulfrunians 32 49
7. Wrens Nest 30 48

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