25th Jun, 2018

Dream start leaves Malvern Town boss Jones elated

Craig Gibbons 30th Aug, 2017

BOSS Les Jones says he is ‘living the dream’ as Malvern Town ended the opening month of the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division table with a 100 per cent record.

After securing a 2-1 victory over Wellington last Wednesday, the Hillsiders made it six of the best on Saturday with a resounding 4-0 victory over Shropshire side AFC Bridgnorth, thanks to Matthew Turner’s double and strikes from Shaun Smith and Kyonn Evans.

Malvern’s blistering start has been made even sweeter as they have managed to produce the goods despite losing star players Dave Reynolds, Reece King, Lewis Platt and Nathan Hayward to higher-level opposition in the summer.

“We are living the dream right now,” said Jones.

“Considering we lost so many key players in the summer and had to recruit, I am delighted with how well we have started the season.

“The new signings have done really well since joining but it’s not just them, the whole team deserves the praise.

“Everyone is bonding really well and there is a very good atmosphere in the camp right now.

“However, it is still early doors and it will take around ten games to be played to decipher which teams are going to be in the mix for the title.”

Malvern are in action tonight (Wednesday) when they entertain Bromsgrove Sporting Reserves in the first round of the Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup.

Luke Molloy, Josh Weatherby, Dene Whittal-Williams and Adam Sauntson are all doubtful for the clash but Jones is confident his side can get the better of their local rivals.

“We are carrying a few knocks but we want to continue our good start so we will be going out there to win the game,” he added.

Malvern then have a week off from action as Saturday’s clash against Tividale has had to be postponed with the Black Country outfit involved in FA Cup action against AFC Rushden & Diamonds.

The Hillsiders’ next encounter comes on Saturday, September 9 when they play host to fellow WMRL Premier Division side Smethwick in the first qualifying round of the FA Vase.

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