15th Feb, 2019

Hooper praises character as Malvern Town come from behind to beat Shawbury

Craig Gibbons 19th Nov, 2018

MALVERN Town joint-boss Lee Hooper praised his side’s character as they came from behind to secure a 2-1 victory over Shawbury United.

The Hillsiders fell behind just before the break when the hosts capitalised on a defensive mix-up to nip in and score.

However, Malvern pulled themselves level in the 65th minute when Harry Clark cut inside and fired in a low strike which beat the reach of the United keeper.

Malvern then nosed themselves in front with 13 minutes remaining, with substitute Matt Turner arrowing home after latching on to Matt Fusco’s pass.

The win brought an end to back-to-back defeats in the West Midlands Premier and boss Hooper was delighted to come away from Shropshire with the three points.

“We knew it was always going to be tough coming here with the run we have been on,” he said.

“We asked the lads to dig in and work hard, which they did.

“We showed a lot of character out there, particularly after conceding just before half-time.

“It was a poor goal for us to give away and during the interval we asked the lads to show us what they were made of in the second half.

“To be fair, they went out there with real determination and scored two good goals.

“The second in particular showed what we are all about with ten or 15 passes and then a neat finish from Milky (Matt Turner), who made a massive impact when he came on.

“Now we’ve got back into winning ways, we need to really push on from here and build upon it.”

Malvern play host to Moors Academy in the Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup tomorrow (Tuesday) before returning to league action on Saturday with a trip to Smethwick Rangers.

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