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Jones: Defensive work in training helped Malvern Town get back on track

Craig Gibbons 1st Nov, 2017 Updated: 1st Nov, 2017

MALVERN Town boss Les Jones believed going back to basics in training helped them to successive league victories.

The Hillsiders enjoyed a 6-2 victory at high-flying Bewdley Town last Wednesday thanks to goals from Matt Fusco (2), Shaun Smith, Kyonn Evans, Louis Loader and Matthew Turner.

Turner was then the only goalscorer on Saturday as Jones’ men edged past Shropshire side Shifnal Town 1-0 to move up to fifth in the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division table.

Malvern are unbeaten in their last three league games and Jones told the Observer that working more on defending in training was the success behind their results.

“Over the last few games we had been giving silly goals away left, right and centre,” he said.

“So Dene Whittal-Williams got the lads working really hard on our defending.

“We performed really well on a quagmire at Bewdley to come away with the three points and to then pick up three points in the windy conditions at Shifnal was really pleasing.

“We have always been a free-scoring team but we had to get back to basics and defend well as a unit to return to winning ways.”

Malvern play host to fellow West Midlands Premier side Wednesfield tonight (Wednesday) in a Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup contest before welcoming Herefordshire side Pegasus Juniors the HDAnywhere Community Stadium on Saturday.

Only the injured Lewis Platt remains doubtful for both clashes and Jones says he is looking forward to having a nice distraction from the league this week.

“It’s always a bit of a relief when the cups come around,” he said.

“We have got three to play for still, despite exiting the FA Cup and FA Vase, so we will be looking to progress.”

He added: “Pegasus always provide us with a tough test and with it being a local derby there will be plenty of spice.

“They are a team which had a poor start but they have picked up now.

“We never seem to play them when they are on a bad run.”


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