22nd Jul, 2019

Malvern Town back to winning ways

Craig Gibbons 15th Oct, 2018 Updated: 16th Oct, 2018

MALVERN Town got back to winning ways in the league with a 3-0 victory over Bilston Town Community in a game where the Hillsiders played with ten men for 50 minutes.

The opening goal on Saturday afternoon came in the tenth minute when Adam Sauntson headed home from Aaron Griffith’s free-kick.

Malvern were awarded a penalty on the half-hour mark when Ben Lane was fouled in the area but Matthew Turner saw his spot-kick tipped round the post before Harry Clark headed inches wide from the resulting corner.

Just before the break Malvern were reduced to ten men when captain Louis Loader was given his marching orders for a heavy challenge.

Despite being down to ten, the Hillsiders doubled their lead five minutes into the second period when Josh Hunt made no mistake from Turner’s threaded throughball.

Six minutes later it was 3-0 when a long ball over the top was pounced on by Hunt who rounded the Bilston keeper to slot home into an empty net.

Malvern joint-boss Lee Hooper was happy to see his side get back to winning ways in the West Midlands Premier.

“This was just what we needed after last Tuesday’s setback,” he said.

“It was important for us to get the three points and get back into winning ways.

“We played the conditions well. It was difficult out there but the lads dug in and worked hard for each other.

“It was disappointing to go down to ten men. We put Louis in a vulnerable position where he had to make the challenge but our ten men did well in the second half and it was a deserved victory in the end.

“We’re back here on Tuesday where we’ll be looking to build on this against Dudley Town.

“There are some tough games coming up but it’s a case of onwards and upwards now and continuing to push forwards.”

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