Late goal defeats Spa at Lichfield

By Jamie Arrowsmith 03/05 Updated: 03/05 17:34

DROITWICH Spa’s Midland Combination Division One season ended in disappointing fashion on Saturday when a late goal condemned them to a 1-0 defeat at Lichfield City.

The result means Spa will finish one place off the bottom of the table and facing the prospect of Division Two football season next season, though that will not be confirmed until the league have discussed the structure of the divisions for next season.

“Ultimately we haven’t been good enough this season, but it has not been for the want of trying,” manager Richard Goode said.

“Yet again, the lads gave me everything on Saturday and I was gutted for them when the goal went in with just five minutes left.

“Whichever division we end up in next season I hope to keep the majority of squad together and help them develop as their attitude is spot on and that makes them great to work with.

“Now it is time to reflect on the season I will obviously assess myself and look at things I could have done better and try and work out the best way forward for the club.”

Spa lost Roger Denby to a red card with 15 minutes left but when the resultant penalty was fired wide, Goode admitted he thought it may be his side’s day.

“I wondered if it we might sneak it when the penalty went wide but it was not to be,” he said.

“We battled hard against a strong wind in the first half and for the sixth game in a row managed to keep a clean sheet in the first half.

“We had a couple of chances to get ahead in the second half but were unable to take them and we ended up paying a heavy price.

“The 90 minutes was our season in one game. Tremendous effort and commitment throughout but things just going against us at the end.

“Due to late withdrawals I ended up only being able to take 11 with me on Saturday but they were superb and I thanked them all after the game.

“We have a lot of good youngsters at this club and they have the potential to develop into good players and help the club return to the heights of last season.

“The Reserves still have their cup final to look forward to against Bretforton at Littleton on May 11 so there is still the chance we could be celebrating with some silverware at the end of the campaign.”

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