MANAGER Les Jones says Malvern Town’s attention is fully focused on going for promotion after they bowed out of the FA Vase first round to Worksop Town on Saturday.
The Hillsiders got off to a flying start in front of a 235-strong crowd at the HDAnwyhere Community Stadium when striker Bryan Craven scored inside the opening ten seconds with a delightful chip to put the hosts ahead.
However, just a minute later the Northern Counties East League Premier Division visitors drew level as Mitch Husbands danced his way through Malvern’s defence before firing home.
Worksop then took the lead on the hour mark through Connor Brunt and despite a late onslaught from the hosts, the visitors held on to book their place in the second round.
Jones said: “We were pretty close to winning but we just could not take our chances. I watched Worksop in midweek and I knew they were a decent outfit.
“I think we scored a little too early but saying that, we went into the break level so we was still in the game but they caught us on the break.
“As much as we attacked, we just could not break them down.
“I’m not disappointed with the performance, I’m disappointed with the result as I felt we deserved at least a draw.”
Fifth placed Malvern Town return to West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division action on Saturday when they entertain bottom-of the league Gornal Athletic who have lost all 13 of their league games this season.
Despite the long-term knee injuries of Sam Rathbone, Chris Parker and Louis Loader, Jones has a full strength squad to pick from and says he won’t be taking Gornal lightly despite their poor record.
He added: “We are not going to let the Vase defeat impact on our season. It’s vital for us to win on Saturday so we will be treating it like every other game despite their record.”