Sikh Hunters 0-4 Droitwich Spa
By Aaron Muffett
10 man Hunters fall to first defeat
Sikh Hunters fell to their first defeat of the season on Saturday, losing 4-0 to a young, talented Droitwich Spa side.
There was two changes from the opening day victory against Old Wulfrunians with starts for Dan Aldred and Justin Nisbett, Avtar Singh and Tyrone Atkinson the players dropping out.
Hunters started the game on the front foot, looking to get at their opponents however they came undone when the first meaningful Droitwich attack resulted in a corner from which they scored, the visiting captain looping a header towards goal which somehow found its way into the roof of the net despite goalkeeper Liam Haynes' best efforts to keep it out.
The hosts to their credit reacted well to going behind, settling into a rhythm and looking the most likely to score. A succession of corners came and went while half chances for Lawley and Nisbett were squandered while a stunning volley from Aldred just missed the top corner.
Haynes made a couple of fantastic saves at the other end to keep the score at 1-0 before arguably the turning point came on the stroke of half-time when Hinesh Patel jinked his way into the area before going down under a challenge from a Droitwich defender, seemingly from behind. The referee however saw it differently and waved away Hunters' protests before blowing up for half time.
Hunters then endured a torrid opening five minutes of the second period which went a long way to deciding the eventual outcome. First of all, Droitwich doubled their advantage from close range despite Haynes' best efforts before centre half Matty Hall was sent off for for kicking out at a Droitwich player. This misery was compounded when Aldred had to go off injured having been Hunters' most potent attacking threat.
Despite being reduced to ten men, Hunters continued to battle but understandably toiled. Droitwich made their numerical advantage count with a third goal on the counter attack and completed the scoring with a delightful free kick from all of 25 yards.
A cruel lesson to Hunters in their second game at this level albeit an important one for them moving forward. This Saturday they face Tipton Town at their Long Lane Park home, kick off is at 3pm.