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Jones urges players for one last push as Malvern Town aim for second place

Craig Gibbons 26th Apr, 2017

MANAGER Les Jones will be asking his Malvern Town squad to give it their all when they entertain Wellington tonight (Wednesday) in their penultimate West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division game of the season.

The Hillsiders welcome the Herefordshire side to the HDAnywhere Community Stadium knowing a victory would see them leapfrog Wolverhampton Sporting Community into third.

A win would also see Jones’ side move to within two points of second placed Wolverhampton Casuals with one fixture remaining.

And, with a trip to Shropshire’s Ellesmere Rangers awaiting on Saturday, the Malvern boss is urging for one final push from his players.

“If we finish fourth it’s a good season, if we finish third it’s a very good season but if we finish second it’s a fantastic season,” he said.

“Wellington are much-improved under their new manager Gary Stevens who is a former Hereford United player.

“The players will be keen to impress him and we have a very tough game on our hands.

“And, with the longest trip of the season to come on the last day of the campaign, I’m asking the players to keep on pushing.

“But, with a few players missing, it’s going to be difficult.”

Winger Lewis Platt could be out for the season after being forced off with a hamstring injury during Saturday’s 4-0 victory over AFC Bridgnorth.

Dave Reynolds (2), Louis Loader and Matthew Turner got the goals for Malvern who are unbeaten in their last ten league outings.

“It was a terrific performance because we took our chances when we came,” said Jones, who will be without injured strikers Nathan Hayward and Josh Weatherby.

“It’s a big ask to keep wanting players to perform at their best on hard pitches and when they are carrying knocks but to know we are still winning is very pleasing.”

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