By Jamie Arrowsmith Thursday 07 February 2013 Updated: 14/02 17:00
DROITWICH Spa's long-awaited return to action proved a positive one on Saturday as they secured a 2-1 Midland Combination Division One home victory against Coton Green.
The victory, Spa's second in three games, lifted them to 14th place in the table ahead of tomorrow's trip to ninth placed Aston and saw Tom Goss' men triumph on their first outing since tackling Knowle on January 12.
The boss was pleased with what he saw from his men, highlighting the 20 minutes before half time as a key part in them winning the game.
"It was a good performance from us and obviously it was nice to get three points from what proved to be quite an open game," he said.
"We were on top initially and got ourselves ahead but Coton Green came back strongly towards the end of the first half and I think the way we dug in and held on during that period was one of the key reasons we won the game.
"Fair to say it is a game we probably wouldn't have won a few months ago but the lads at the back and my goalkeeper were superb in getting us through to half time without conceding."
Ben Brogan had put Spa ahead in the early stages before Coton Green were presented with a great opportunity to draw level after being awarded a penalty but they were denied by the bar.
Dom Strevens made it 2-0 in the second half before Green set up a potentially nervy finish when halving the deficit in the 89th minute, but Spa were not to be denied.
"The second half was very open and if I'm going to be critical we perhaps were not professional enough after going 2-0 up as we kept wanting to go forward," Goss said.
"But we had been causing them problems throughout in fairness and although the last minute or two could have been very nervy, the lads saw it out well."
Looking ahead to tomorrow's trip to Aston, Goss said his players will need to show similar determination and desire if they are to get another positive result.
"Two wins out of three is a nice little run and we have something to build on now, both from a result and performance point of view.
"It will be a big test for us away from home at Aston but the team know what I want from them now and they are producing.
"Unfortunately we are going to be without Liam Sheehan which is a blow as he has been excellent for us since returning from injury, but if we can produce the same qualities we did against Coton Green on Saturday, we can go and give a very good account of ourselves."
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