23rd Feb, 2020

Jones: Malvern Town back on track with victory over Shifnal

Craig Gibbons 29th Mar, 2018

MALVERN Town got back on track in the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division with a 4-2 victory over Shifnal Town on Saturday.

After a month out due to a number of postponements, the Hillsiders got off to a slow start at the HDAnywhere Community Stadium, falling behind midway through the first half.

Dene Whittal-Williams equalised in the 57th minute before Sam Rathbone fired the hosts ahead three minutes later.

Josh Hunt made it 3-1 not long after but the Shropshire visitors set up a tense finale, netting nine minutes from time.

However, the points were made secure for Malvern on the stroke of full time when Lewis Platt fired home.

“We were very rusty in the first half but after the break we got into a rhythm and scored four really good goals,” said boss Les Jones.

“It was a very stop-start first 45 but once we settled it became plain sailing.

“After a bit of a break from football it was great to get back to winning ways.”

Up next for Malvern is a trip to Wolverhampton Casuals on Saturday whom they thrashed 6-1 back in November.

However, Jones is expecting a much closer encounter this time around.

“Casuals don’t travel well but play well at home so we are in for a tough game,” he said.

“It’s important we win because we could find ourselves in third come next Tuesday night with Black Country Rangers having a weekend and midweek fixture.

“We have got to finish as high as we can and it is important we win as many games as possible.

“Every game for us is a ‘cup final’.”

Jones is expected to welcome Phil Harris and Kyonn Evans back to the squad while Whittal-Williams (hamstring) and Shaun Smith (back) are doubts.

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