22nd Oct, 2020

Malvern Town back on winning trail after FA Cup heartache

Craig Gibbons 28th Aug, 2018

MALVERN Town got back to winning ways in the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division, just two days after bowing out of the FA Cup preliminary round.

The Hillsiders were dumped out of the country’s largest cup competition by Midland League Division One outfit Racing Club Warwick on Saturday.

Joshua Hunt had gave Lee Hooper’s and Dene Whittal-Williams’ side the lead after 14 minutes but second half goals from Richard Powell and Gerard McGahey ensured it was visiting Warwick who would be progressing into the first qualifying round.

Malvern quickly put the defeat to bed on Bank Holiday Monday with a resounding 4-0 victory over county rivals Bewdley Town at the HDAnywhere Community Stadium.

Hunt bagged his first hat-trick of the season with Adam Sauntson adding the other as the Hillsiders strolled to the three points.

Joint-boss Whittal-Williams said: “The lads were really disappointed after Saturday so it was important that we dug deep, stuck to our game plan and worked hard.

“It was a very good team display. We did well defensively and looked a threat going forward.

“It was also nice to see Josh get his hat-trick with three fantastic finishes.

“As the game went on, we started to really open them up and looked dangerous every time we attacked.

“There is plenty of quality in this team but we need to be able to show it on a consistent basis and if we can do that, we won’t go far wrong.”

Next up for Malvern is a trip to Leicestershire Senior League outfit Rugby Borough on Saturday in the FA Vase first qualifying round.

The winners will pocket £550 and be rewarded with a home tie against Bustlehome on Saturday, September 15.

“Our ambition is to go as far as we can in the competition,” added Whittal-Williams.

“There is no reason why we can’t go there and get a result to make progress.

“We’ll hopefully get plenty of support behind us.”

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