25th Nov, 2017

Malvern Town close in on second place with win over Wolverhampton Sporting Community

Craig Gibbons 20th Apr, 2017

MALVERN Town boss Les Jones was delighted after his side further boosted their hopes of a top two finish in the West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division with a 2-0 victory over Wolverhampton Sporting Community.

After hammering champions Haughmond 5-0, the Hillsiders extended their unbeaten run to nine games with victory over second placed Wolverhampton at the HDAnywhere Community Stadium on Saturday.

It took until the 77th minute for Malvern to break the deadlock as Dave Reynolds crossed to Lewis Platt who blasted home from close range.

The points were sealed for the hosts on the stroke of full time as Reynolds broke through on goal before rounding keeper James Gettings to slot into an empty net and grab his 44th goal of the season.

Fourth placed Malvern now sit just two points behind Wolverhampton but have a game in hand.

“We are well in the race for a top two finish,” said boss Jones.

“We played some really great stuff and our great run of form continues.

“If someone offered me to have taken seven points off the top three sides over the last three weeks I would have snatched their hand off.

“We drew 4-4 with Wolverhampton Casuals who are third, we comfortably beat the champions Haughmond and now we have beaten Sporting Community.

“It’s just a shame we lost to Gornal Athletic, who have only won twice all season, earlier in the year because we could have been in second already.”

Malvern entertain one of the league’s in-form sides this weekend in AFC Bridgnorth who have won eight of their last ten league outings.

Josh Weatherby, Paul Edwards, Bryan Craven and Matt Pinder are all expected to return to the Malvern squad while Phil Harris and Nathan Hayward remain doubtful.

“Bridgnorth are a very good side but we want to continue our unbeaten run,” Jones added.

“They are one of the form teams right now but if we perform like we have been doing so the past three weeks I’m confident we will get the right result.

“If we can pick up nine points from our remaining three games it will be a tremendous finish to the season.”

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