Football
Spa bid for quick revenge

By Jamie Arrowsmith Thursday 18 October 2012 Updated: 22/10 11:41

DROITWICH Spa will go on an instant Midland Combination Division One revenge mission tomorrow when they travel to West Midlands Police.

The two sides locked horns on Saturday at the King George Playing Fields when the Police emerged as 3-1 winners.

But despite the defeat, boss Tom Goss declared himself much more pleased with his side’s performance after criticising them following last week’s 6-0 defeat against Hampton.

“It was a whole lot better on so many levels, we didn’t really deserve to lose the game,” he said.

“A draw would probably have been fair as the first half was a fantastic game with both sides playing some good stuff and creating chances, whilst the second half proved more cagey.”

Ciaran Sheehan put Spa ahead midway through the first half but the Police equalised just two minutes later.

There were 15 minutes remaining when the visitors got themselves ahead and they went on to seal victory a couple of minutes later despite loud appeals for off-side from the hosts.

“It was a shame we couldn’t hold on to the lead longer but I have to say I was impressed with the players as they seemed to take on board a lot of what I asked them to last week,” Goss said.

“There is only so much you can do standing on the sidelines and then you are hoping the players take on the responsibility themselves and they did on Saturday.

“The mental approach to the game was better and I hope the players realised that and maintain it in the weeks to come.”

Tomorrow’s return trip to the Police is the start of a tough run of three away fixtures for Spa as they visit Greenhill on Wednesday before travelling to local rivals Fairfield Villa next weekend.

“It isn’t a kind run of fixtures to have three away games in a row but that is what we’ve got so we have to deal with it,” Goss added.

“It is fair to say our away form has not been great so now is a chance to try and do something about it.”

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