MALVERN will head into a play-off to secure promotion this season after finishing as Midlands Two West (South) runners-up.
Droitwich’s emphatic 75-5 victory over basement side Old Yardleians on Saturday secured the Monners the league crown, meaning Malvern will have to overcome Crewe and Nantwich on Saturday to reach Midlands One West.
Malvern ended their league campaign at the weekend with a narrow 22-15 victory over county rivals Evesham.
Evesham took the lead from a penalty but Rob Cook’s Malvern responded well with Callum Jacob touching down.
Cook kicked the easy conversion to make it 7-3.
Skipper Tom Hale then drove over for a score, with Cook’s conversion putting Malvern 14-3 ahead.
Evesham replied with an unconverted try but Malvern had the last say of the half when Cook slotted over a penalty to bring up the home team’s 1,000th league point of the campaign.
After the break Evesham battered away at the Malvern defence and their efforts were rewarded with a converted try to make it 17-15.
As the clock ran down there were some anxious moments for the home support until finally the men in maroon and gold put together some rugby which showed why they have done so well this season.
With the last play of the match, the ball was worked to Ben King to secure the win with the last play of the match.