FANS of Malvern Town were treated to another goal-fest, but this time they did not all go their side’s way as Dudley Sports claimed a 2-2 draw on Saturday.
In Malvern’s previous two matches, Town scored 17 goals without reply, but they fell behind at the HDanywhere Community Stadium, with Lewis Craig netting on the half hour mark.
Les Jones’ side hit back almost immediately with a goal from Matthew Turner before Dave Reynolds put them 2-1 up, but with less than 15 minutes remaining Brett Marshall found the equaliser.
Town would have been looking to continue their scoring form, which saw them put 12 past Wednesfield and five past Shifnal, and they almost opened the scoring in the seventh minute.
Reynolds played the ball to Sam Rathbone who shot past the advancing keeper Dominic Richards, but the ball was cleared off the line by Connor Stephenson.
Malvern missed another chance to take the lead in the 26th minute when Ben Hayes ran to the byline and crossed the ball along the line but nobody was able to apply the final touch.
This time, though, they were made to pay for it as Dudley Sports edged ahead. Shepherd Machinguala’s shot hit the crossbar and fell to Craig who drove home.
Despite the blow, it took Malvern just a minute to level things up, with Turner finding the back of the net after receiving Hayes’ cross.
Hayes was combining well with Turner, who had two further chances before the break, which Richards dealt with.
Malvern remained on top in the second half, but it took a superb free kick from Reynolds to give his side the lead. He curled a ferocious shot into the net in the 70th minute.
Reynolds then had two more chances as Town pushed for a third, but Richards was equal to them both. The striker also attempted an overhead kick in the 78th minute which went wide.
From the resultant goal kick, the ball was sent up the field and over the Malvern defence to substitute Marshall who fired home the equaliser.