16th Dec, 2017

Jones: Malvern Town must not get carried away after beating league leaders

Craig Gibbons 29th Nov, 2017

MANAGER Les Jones has warned Malvern Town must not get too carried away after beating West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division leaders Wolverhampton Sporting Community at the weekend.

Matthew Turner struck twice in the first half on Saturday as the Hillsiders raced into a 2-0 lead at the HDAnywhere Community Stadium.

However, the second period proved to be a backs to the wall job for Jones’ side as the league leaders came out all guns blazing and managed to reduce the arrears 20 minutes from time through Tom Hill.

Sporting continued to pile on the pressure in the remaining minutes but two stunning saves from Charlie Weaver as well as a goal line clearance ensured Malvern inflicted a second defeat of the season on the visitors.

“It was a terrific game for the neutral and it was an absolutely vital three points,” Jones told the Observer.

“The lads applied themselves brilliantly and our defence stood up well against the league’s top scorers.

“We could not afford to let them move a further three points ahead of us.

“But what is important now is that we put this behind us and keep up our winning run.”

With Sporting in FA Vase action against Shepshed Dynamo on Saturday, the Hillsiders have the chance to leapfrog the Black Country side this weekend when they entertain basement club Wellington Amateurs.

Victory could also send Jones’ side top of the table if second placed Tividale fail to pick up three points at fifth placed Cradley Town.

“The three points on the line this weekend are more important than the ones we just picked up,” stressed Jones.

“With Wolverhampton out of action, it is important to make sure our hard work is not undone.

“Amateurs have had a new manager and signed eight new players so we do not know what to expect from them.

“Last season we lost to bottom of the table Gornal Athletic and I do not want a repeat of that this season.

“We have to keep on our winning run going until Christmas and then we can reassess the league from then.”

Malvern then play host to Midland League Premier Division outfit Stourport Swifts in the quarter-finals of the Worcestershire FA Senior Urn next Wednesday (7.45pm).

“The county cup was something we targeted to go far in at the beginning of the season so it is important we play at our best to beat a team from the level above,” added Jones.

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