BARNT Green Spartak boss GJ Singh was glad to return to winning ways this week after going on a four-game winless run in all competitions.
After their 4-0 drubbing at reigning Midland League Division Two champions Alvis Sporting Club on Saturday, Spartak gained some much-needed confidence after beating higher-ranked Pershore Town in the Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup yesterday (Wednesday).
Two goals in the final ten minutes from substitute Stefan Gordon secured the hosts’ place in the quarter-finals.
And after putting to bed a poor run of form since their 3-2 Birmingham Vase win over Wrens Nest last month, boss Singh was delighted with the performance his players showed on Wednesday night.
He said: “We did not really do anything at all at Alvis so it was good to return to some type of form.
“The Pershore game was quite close but after speaking with their manager Quentin Townsend after the game he said we deserved to go through, as well as the committee members from the Smedley Crooke.
“I think our confidence took quite a bit of a knock after the 3-3 draw with Earlswood because we was that dominant but still dropped points.
“Defensively we have been quite tight but in the last two games prior to Pershore we had conceded seven goals so it was good to return to winning ways.”
Spartak will look to keep up their impressive home record on Saturday when they take on rivals Droitwich Spa in the league.
This will be the first meeting between the two sides this season and with Earl Jordan (knee), Darren Green (away) and Nathaniel Hare (groin) all missing, Singh is expecting a difficult game.
“This going to be one of the toughest home games of the season we have had so far.
“There’s some players with a few niggles but I’m not going to use that as an excuse.
“I’ve got more than enough players to call on and when they are called upon they need to stand up and be counted.
“It’s important we take something out of the game as I think Droitwich will be one of the teams in the top two or three.”
Spartak then entertain Northfield Town next Wednesday (7.45pm KO) in the second round of the Les James Challenge Cup.