30th May, 2017

Let's keep winning run going, urges Malvern Town boss

Craig Gibbons 15th Mar, 2017

MALVERN Town boss Les Jones has urged his side to keep on winning as they target a top three finish in the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division.

The Hillsiders picked up their third league win on the bounce on Saturday after edging past Ellesmere Rangers 4-3 at the HDAnywhere Community Stadium.

Josh Weatherby, Dave Reynolds and Bryan Craven fired Town into a 3-0 lead before two quickfire goals from Rangers made it 3-2 with 15 minutes to go.

Louis Loader then scored Malvern’s fourth a minute later but Rangers would not lie down as they scored again after 81 minutes to set up a tense finish.

Jones, who last week told the Observer his side would be going on the attack, was left stunned by an end-to-end game which saw defensive mistakes easily punished.

“It was a strange game as we have scored four times for a second week running but again we are conceding silly goals at the back,” he said.

“I don’t have a problem with us conceding, it’s more to do with how we are conceding which bothers me.

“We are getting caught on the break and individual mistakes are getting punished.

“However, when your mistakes are getting punished but you still come out with three points you have to be delighted.

“It’s important we keep winning now so we can push on and get into the top three.”

Malvern travel to sixth placed Cradley Town on Saturday (3pm) looking to make it four wins on the bounce and boss Jones is boosted by the return of forward Nathan Hayward.

Winger Louis Platt will be rested though after picking up a slight hamstring injury in the game against Rangers.

“We drew with Cradley at our place earlier in the season and that result started our run of poor form over Christmas,” Jones added.

“We will keep our same attacking spirit.

“Our target has always been the top three and it’s important we make amends for our previous result against them.”