FOOTBALL: Hillsiders given title boost - The Worcester Observer

FOOTBALL: Hillsiders given title boost

Worcester Editorial 11th Nov, 2022   0

MALVERN Town will have the weekend to bask in their 1-0 win at Cribbs before tackling Worcestershire Senior Cup winners Pershore Town.

The Hillsiders handed the Bristol side their first league defeat of the season on Saturday (November 5) to close within a point of the Hellenic League Premier leaders.

And with their game at Hereford Lads Club on Friday (November 11) falling by the wayside as the hosts pitch is no longer available, Town have a weekend free before tackling Pershore at the HDAnywhere Community Stadium on Tuesday (November 15).

After early chances for Adam Sauntson, Luke Payne and Lewis Spurrier last Saturday at Cribbs, Joe Bullock found the net five minutes before the break to hand Malvern a lead they wouldn’t give up

In driving rain, passions ran high in the second half but the superb travelling support remained in good voice despite getting a soaking.

In stoppage time, Town defended in numbers when Cribbs took the ball around goalkeeper Kieron Blackburn out wide and they held firm to battle for a superb win.

Third-placed Worcester Raiders sit six points behind Town and seven off the top with a game in hand as they prepare to tackle visitors Corsham Town on Saturday (November 12).

Raiders solidified their top-three place with a creditable draw at a Royal Wootton Bassett Town side who have lost just once at home all season.

Despite the hosts’ formidable record, it was Raiders who took the lead when Jordan Murphy hit the back of the net to give his side a lead at the break.

Bassett bounced back with a 63rd-minute leveller before Joe Billingham put Raiders in front again with just 14 minutes left.

But the home side would not be denied and secured a share of the spoils with just four minutes left.

Meanwhile, Corsham head to Raiders on the back of thrashing Lydney Town 6-1 at Corsham Town last weekend.

Managerless Worcester City remain in 19th place in the Midland Premier Division after their eighth straight defeat in all competitions last weekend.

The Blue and Whites slumped to a 2-1 defeat at Romulus in a game which saw Aaron Roberts sent off with City 1-0 down to an early Jack Whelan goal for the home side.

Roberts was sent off in the 70th minute but despite the numerical disadvantage, City pulled level eight minutes later through Cameron Montieth.

City hot-shot Sean Brain was introduced with 11 minutes to go but Romulus made their extra player count in the 83rd minute when Umaz Zaman netted the winner.

City were set to return to Claines Lane against Racing Club Warwick on Tuesday (November 8) before making the trip to Studley on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

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