21st Aug, 2017

Jones: Malvern Town players full of belief prior to clash against league champions Haughmond

MALVERN Town boss Les Jones says the players are full of belief ahead of their clash against West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division champions Haughmond.

The Hillsiders, who claimed a 4-2 victory over Shifnal Town on Tuesday, welcome the Shropshire-based leaders to the HDAnywhere Community Stadium on Saturday.

Dave Reynolds (2), Matt Pinder and Louis Loader netted the winning goals while Haughmond secure the title on Tuesday night with a 0-0 draw at Wolverhampton Sporting Community.

And Jones is confident his side have what it takes to pick up the three points against the runaway champions.

“As they have won the league they might relax a little which gives us a great chance of getting a victory,” he said.

“Haughmond are a very good side and are worthy champions of this league.

“They beat us comprehensively earlier in the season and we will be looking to turn that result around this weekend.”

Prior to Tuesday’s 4-2 win at Shifnal, Jones’ side go were involved in a 4-4 draw against third placed Wolverhampton Casuals last Saturday.

Casuals went into the break 2-0 to the good but Dave Reynolds pulled one back for the hosts after 55 minutes.

Two minutes later it was 3-1 but the Hillsiders did not give up as Dene Whittal-Williams reduced their arrears.

Another mad spell followed as Casuals restored their two-goal advantage before Matt Pinder made it 4-3 with half an hour left.

Jones’ side then completed the comeback after 65 minutes as Reynolds netted once more.

Reynolds then missed a glorious chance right at the death when he was sent through on goal but he squared the ball to Matthew Turner who was pipped to the ball by a last-ditch tackle.

“I was really disappointed with the first half as we were so lethargic,” Jones said.

“But the second half we showed lots of passion and we were unlucky not to get the win right at the end.

“However, you have to be pleased when you have come from 2-0 down and drew 4-4.

“The players are full of belief and ready for this week’s games.”

Malvern crashed out of the Premier Division Cup last Wednesday following a 6-5 penalty shoot-out defeat at Sporting Community.

The two sides were locked at 1-1 after extra time.

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