MALVERN Town boss Les Jones has praised his players’ ‘tremendous spirit’ after the Hillsiders made it two wins out of two with a 3-0 victory over Bilston Town Community on Saturday.
Following their 5-0 win over Smethwick in their first West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division fixture of the new campaign last Wednesday, Jones’ side maintained their 100 per cent record thanks to goals from Reece King, Dave Reynolds and Luke Corbett.
Malvern sit third in the Premier Division table and, including their great run at the end of last season, have now won their last 12 league outings on the bounce – a run of form dating back to March 19.
After losing the opening two league games last season, Jones told the Observer he’s delighted to see his squad hitting the ground running this time around.
“The start we have had is just what we wanted, I’m delighted with the performances from the players in both of our opening league games,” he said.
“We wanted a better start than last year and it’s great to see us get two wins as it has filled the players with so much confidence.
“Considering we had to change the centre-back partnership for the Bilston game, it was pleasing to see us keep another clean sheet.
“With Dene Whittal-Williams and Aaron Richards away, Chris Parker and Reece King played at the back but they did really well and it’s an encouraging sign to see our strength in depth.
“We only won three of our first 11 games last year so to get off to a good start speaks wonders about this squad.
“I cannot praise them highly enough for their attitude and their spirit, it’s tremendous.”
Malvern will look to maintain their 100 per cent record tomorrow night (Wednesday) when they entertain local rivals Pegasus Juniors at the HDAnywhere Community Stadium (7.45pm kick-off).
Jones will be without Sam Rathbone (knee) while Richards (knee) and Nathan Hughes (ankle) face late fitness tests.
Bryan Craven is also a doubt but assistant player-manager Whittal-Williams is expected to return.
“This is a fiercely competitive league and we expect a very tough game against our local rivals,” Jones added.
“However, I hope we can play with the same intensity as we did in our last two games to get a positive result.”
Meanwhile the full fixture list for Malvern’s 2016/17 season has been released. See them by clicking here.