24th Feb, 2018

Jones frustrated as Malvern Town lose unbeaten home record in league

Craig Gibbons 31st Jan, 2017

LES JONES expressed his disappointment after Malvern Town suffered their first home league defeat on Saturday at the hands of bogey side Dudley Sports.

Sports managed to salvage a 2-2 draw against the Hillsiders earlier in the season and took the lead after 32 minutes courtesy of Bradley Welding’s penalty.

Dave Reynolds then levelled three minutes before the hour mark but Sports ensured they came away with the spoils as Richard Nicholson’s 74th-minute strike secured the win for the visitors.

The result brought an end to Malvern’s unbeaten home record in the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division and Jones felt missing chances proved costly.

“We are extremely disappointed with the result as we dominated the game but did not take our chance,” he said.

“You could see they [Sports] came for a draw – it was a classic away performance from them.

“We are not giving up on the league, it is just a setback so we have to make sure we get back to winning ways.

“It’s frustrating that we don’t have a league fixture this week because when you lose you want another game to put that result right.”

The Hillsiders return to action next Wednesday (February 8) when they welcome Midland League Division Two outfit Paget Rangers to the HDAnywhere Community Stadium for a Smedley Crooke Memorial Charity Cup quarter-final clash (7.45pm KO).

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