MALVERN slumped to their ninth defeat of the Midlands One West season after succumbing to a 21-5 reverse at Worcester.
In what was the first-ever league match between the two local rivals, Worcester used the wind and considerable slope to their advantage throughout the first half.
Worcester kept Malvern penned in their own half for long periods and went ahead through a penalty from ex-Malvern centre Ollie Meadows.
A further Meadows penalty doubled Worcester’s lead as Malvern’s front row failed to come to terms with some of the hosts’ set scrums.
Another penalty resulted in a Worcester scrum and converted try as Malvern’s defence was kept under the cosh.
Then just before half-time a Malvern fumble allowed the hosts in for another score to stretch their lead to 21-0.
Malvern had the slope and tricky conditions in their favour and after an initial period of Worcester possession, it was the visitors who started to get a stranglehold on proceedings.
Wave after wave of attacks came as strong kicking put the Spring Lane outfit deep into Worcester territory.
However, it was one of those days for Malvern as the attacks fizzled out due to knock-ons or dropped passes.
As the penalty count mounted in their favour, Malvern finally scored from a catch and drive from a line-out, with Glen Potter touching down.
Worcester continued to defend exceptionally well but had two players in the sin bin for repeat offending.
Despite the two-man advantage, Malvern were unable to break through to add to their score.
Malvern face a must-win clash on Saturday when they make the trip to basement boys Moseley Oak before they play host to high-flying Newbold on Saturday, December 8.