Football
Spa set to face basement boys

By Jamie Arrowsmith Thursday 13 December 2012 Updated: 19/12 15:59

DROITWICH Spa travel to bottom of the table Northfield Town tomorrow where they will bid to secure their second victory of the Midland Combination Division One season.

Tom Goss’ side were beaten 3-1 at home by high-flying Hampton on Saturday but it took two late goals from the visitors to deny Spa a deserved point as they produced a vastly improved display than when the two sides met earlier in the season, when beaten 6-0 in September.

“When we lost the away game it was one of the lowest moments I’ve known,” Goss said.

“So to produce a performance that was a million times better than that was pleasing but I was gutted for the lads because they were excellent and you could argue we deserved to win, let alone draw.

“It was a hard defeat to take because we created the better chances throughout the contest against what is one of the best sides in the division.”

Spa fell behind in the 15th minute but seemed to be heading for a point when Tyler Peters levelled from the penalty spot with 25 minutes remaining.

Hampton broke to go ahead for a second time with five minutes left though and added a third with almost the final kick of the game.

“The third goal gives the final scoreline an incredibly harsh look,” Goss added.

“We had three or four young lads in the side who did brilliantly and offer great promise for the future, it is just a shame they did not have something to show for their efforts at the end of the game.

“That is where a lot of praise has to go to the Reserve Team management team of Ben Pheasant and Richard Goode because they are doing a brilliant job and should not be forgotten about.

“In order to have a strong club you need to build strength from within and that is where it will start.

“It has not been the easiest of years for them but their enthusiasm has been fantastic and they are a great credit to us.”

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s clash with Northfield, Goss, who has now taken on sole control of the team with Phil Rowe concentrating on playing duties, said: “Every team in the division is tough to beat wherever they are in the table so we will have to go their with the same attitude we showed on Saturday, produce the same level of performance and hopefully that will be enough for us to come away with the result.”

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